Photo of 2018 6500XD Low Cab Forward truck courtesy of Chevrolet.

Photo of 2018 6500XD Low Cab Forward truck courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet is expanding its lineup of cabover trucks for 2018 by adding the 6500XD Class 6 Low Cab Forward truck to a lineup that already includes Class 3, 4, and 5 cabovers, Chevrolet has announced. Chevrolet will source the truck through an existing partnership with Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.

With the 6500XD, Chevrolet will now offer eight cabovers through select dealers, including the Chevrolet 3500, 3500HD, 4500, 4500HD, 4500XD, 5500HD, and 5500XD. Chevrolet will show the truck at the NTEA's Work Truck Show that begins March 14.

The 6500XD is based on Isuzu's 2018 FTR cabover and is powered by the same 5.2L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine that makes 520 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission with power take-off. The truck also offers Dana axles and a straight-rail frame.

Front and rear axle ratings come in at 12,000 pounds and 19,000 pounds, respectively. Maximum GVWR is 25,950 pounds. Buyers can choose from eight wheelbases and equip the truck with a body that's up to 30-feet long.

"Our goal is to offer the best work solutions and customer care in the business," said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. "Our low cab forward dealers and Upfitter Integration Group will work hand-in-hand with customers and their upfitters to spec the right truck for the job. After the sale, our dealers will be there to support customers with extended service hours and work-ready loaners."

Originally posted on Trucking Info