There’s no mistaking that the 2021 Chevy Silverado 4500 is a big truck with a big engine and a significant amount of power. Drivers have a choice between a regular cab or crew cab body style. The regular cab has seating for 2-3 passengers, with a 40/20/40 bench seat standard. The passenger seating can be removed completely, depending on upfit configuration requirements. Crew cabs provide seating for up to five passengers and include the availability of heated and adjustable front bucket seats in some instances. The rear passenger seating can be omitted from the crew cab body style upon request, as well.
Depending on the configurations chosen, expect a wheelbase measurement of between 141 and 243 inches for regular cab models and between 175 and 235 for crew cab models. The Silverado 4500 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is gauged at between 14,001 and 16,500 pounds. For rear-wheel drive models, the standard rear axle ratio is 4.10, which increases to 4.30 on all-wheel drive models. A variety of configurations can be chosen, depending on the job at hand and intended upfitting.
The Power Behind the 4500
The powerhouse of the 2021 Chevy Silverado 4500 is a 6.6L Duramax L5D V8 engine, which provides 350 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is an Allison 6-Speed Close-Ratio Automatic With Double Overdrive. However, this can also be customized to meet the needs of duty with transmissions that match the upfitting package chosen at the time of purchase.
Upfit for Your Industry
The Silverado 4500 is a master of all trades when properly upfitted, and drivers can select from a variety of packages to help them get started. Choose from an ambulance package, motor home package, non-conforming shuttle bus package, emergency service vehicle package, or snowplow prep package to ensure the 4500 is ready for the job intended. You’ll also have a variety of cab-to-axle selections to make the upfit easier, along with a clean top-of-rail design and corrosion-proofed painted chassis. Power Take-Off provides auxiliary power set up from either side of the transmission for left-hand access.
Designed With Driveability in Mind
Despite its massive size and impressive capability, the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 4500 is easy to drive. The hood has been specifically engineered to slope away from the driver, allowing greater visibility of the road that lies ahead. The wheels are also designed to cut up to 50 degrees, which improves overall maneuverability, whether pulling through a tight spot on the job site or navigating city streets.
Two fuel tanks hold up to 65 gallons of diesel fuel, and the Silverado 4500 does its best to be as easy to maintain as it can be. The battery box is conveniently located below the driver side door of the cab, along with an auxiliary jump start stud. The diesel exhaust fill is easily accessed from the right front fender, so checking and replacing fluids is a breeze. After all, the 4500 is supposed to be a workers best friend, so Chevy has tried to make using every aspect of the vehicle as simple and accessible as possible.