Yesterday Chevrolet revealed its Nissan NV200-based new small van, the 2015 City Express, at the Chicago Auto Show.
Chevrolet said the new City Express matches maneuverability and cargo-hauling flexibility with efficiency, giving urban business owners and fleet managers value-driven capability with low operating costs.
The City Express will go on sale this fall, offering 122.7 cubic feet (3,474 liters) of customizable cargo space, a tight turning diameter of 36.7 feet (11.2 m) and an estimated payload capacity of 1,500 pounds. The 4’6” of space from side wall to side wall allows a standard 40” x 48” pallet to fit flat on the floor. 6’10” of room from the rear doors to the back of the front seats as well as flat rear wheel houses complete the cargo area.
Chevrolet added the City Express also will deliver greater efficiency than full-size vans due to its smaller size and a 2.0L inline-four-cylinder engine with continuously variable valve timing matched to a continuously variable transmission.
“As the newest member of the Chevrolet Express family of vans, the 2015 City Express offers a smaller, more efficient choice for businesses that don’t need the cargo volume or other capabilities of a full-size van,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet and Commercial. “It is an easy-to-maneuver van that makes the most of its compact dimensions with clever features, allowing business owners to maximize its space – and their resources – with a vehicle sized for their needs.”
Under the hood is a 2.0L inline-four cylinder engine rated at 131 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque featuring dual overhead cam and continuously variable valve timing. A continuously variable transmission drives the front wheels.
We expect the EPA fuel ratings to be close to those of its cousin, the Nissan NV200 but Chevrolet has not yet revealed these numbers, nor did it reveal the MSRP.