Comebacks of old nameplates have become a pretty common thing in today’s car industry and in most cases, they come from long-forgotten nameplates that were used decades ago. However, rumors suggest something different this time, the Chevy would revive the nameplate that was in use until recently. Yes, we are talking about the Kodiak, a medium-duty truck, which was discontinued in 2018. The latest reports suggest we could see it again already in the next year, as the 2023 Chevy Kodiak.
At this point, the officials are quiet, so all we can do is rely on rumors. The problem with rumors is that they suggest different scenarios. Some of them suggest this nameplate for medium-duty pickups again, while others suggest different scenarios, including the all-electric setup.
2023 Chevy Kodiak Medium Duty Truck
The Kodiak nameplate was in use for nearly four decades, until it was replaced by Silverado 4500/5500/6500 models. The new generation was developed with Navistar International, which also offers its model called International CV.
According to this scenario, the 2023 Chevy Kodiak would come without much drama. Allegedly, the company would do a slight update of the current model and rename it. We would see minor changes while the overall design would remain the same. We wouldn’t expect anything but a few aesthetical changes, while the offer would once again include class 4, 5, and 6 trucks.
Since the mechanical aspect would remain the same, the 2023 Chevy Kodiak would come with the same 6.6-liter V8 Duramax diesel engine, in a combination with Allison automatic transmission. The max output is rated at around 350 horsepower.
Class 7 and 8 Truck
One of the key differences between the old Kodiak and current Silverado models is that the former was also available in more capable Class 7 and 8 variants, while the most capable Silverado 6500 is a Class 6 truck. Therefore, it makes sense that some sources speculate about a scenario where the Silverado nameplate would remain, while the 2023 Chevy Kodiak would come as a more capable iteration.
In this case, we would see necessary mechanical modifications, while the company would probably also do some aesthetical change, in order to differentiate the new model from its smaller siblings. Would these changes include the new powertrain? It’s hard to tell at this point.
2023 Chevy Kodiak All-Electric Pickup
Another quite probable scenario is to see the new 2023 Chevy Kodiak with an all-electric setup. GM has already prepared a couple of light-duty pickups, such as the new Silverado EV, Sierra EV and the new Hummer. We presume that the same platform would be used for an HD or medium-duty pickup, which would arrive soon after. That model could easily carry the 2023 Chevy Kodiak moniker.
That model would also feature GM’s new Ultium battery technology, which provides excellent charging speeds, as well as a battery capacity that goes all away up to 200 kWh. That would be enough to ensure competitive autonomy, while we also count a capable powertrain, probably a single-motor setup and rear-wheel drive.
Of course, this model would come with a notably different styling, in order to accentuate its all-electric nature. Furthermore, we also count on a different interior design, which probably won’t be too flashy. After all, this is still just a commercial vehicle, which needs to come with a competitive price.
2023 Chevy Kodiak Release Date
The 2023 Chevy Kodiak is just a rumor at this point. However, various sources speculate about its comeback in the near future, maybe already in 2023. More details should be known in the near future.