Chevrolet Kodiak Pickup: Buff, Beautiful and Brawny
Source: General Motors Press Release
Kodiak Pickup is what the ultimate class 4 regular-cab pickup might look
like with an 8-foot steel dually pickup box and tailgate with custom composite
side panels and protective Rhino interior lining.
with Monroe Truck Equipment of Monroe, Wis., to develop this special version
of the Kodiak C4500 to show customers and converters what is possible
with the new GM medium-duty trucks.
extensive engineering and testing efforts developed a patent-pending sub-frame
structure to isolate the pickup box from chassis inputs, as well as accommodating
fifth-wheel and goose-neck trailer applications.
Pickup includes the addition of a 50-gallon aluminum tread plate from
Transfer Flow, cross-mounted in the pickup box, increasing total fuel
capacity to more than 90 gallons.
the exterior styling of the Kodiak Pickup are the Pace Edwards roll-top
pickup box cover, aluminum-like wheel simulators, composite mud flaps,
and Euro-style rear taillights to complement the polished 3-inch diameter
stainless steel cab-entry steps that extend to provide access to the pickup
enhancements include: dual-tone leather seats, complementary gray carpeted
floor, aftermarket dash and door trim, as well as an upgraded interior
new medium-duty Chevy Kodiak and GMC TopKick offer the opportunity to
fulfill an enormous variety of end-customer needs, from carrying huge
and heavy landscaping or construction materials to hauling horses, boats
and race buggies," said David Dunahay, marketing director for GM
Medium Duty Trucks. "And, with aggressively competitive advantages
- including clean back-of-cab and flat and straight frame-rails to make
installations easier, enhance quality, and reduce costs - upfitters have
a very compelling reason to purchase and sell this vehicle."
Kodiak features the backbone of a medium-duty truck, but offers large-truck
capabilities with the ride, comfort and interior sound level similar to
that of a mid-size sedan.
visibility and maneuverability and conversion-ease, the C4500 meets the
needs of knowledgeable retail customers, commercial owners/operators,
and converters and specialty vehicle manufacturers.
is also available in 16,000-lb., 16,500-lb. and 17,500-lb. GVWR, offered
with the Duramax 6600 diesel or Vortec 8100 8.1-liter GM Powertrain gas
engine with a choice of six-speed manual or the Allison 1000 automatic
with optional PTO drive. The clean shape and positioning of the body-mounted
side mirrors also improves aerodynamic efficiency and adds to the quietness
of the C4500 cab.