If you're thinking, "hey, that looks familiar..." you aren't alone. We've already seen photos of the 2015 Chevrolet City Express van. And before that, we've already learned everything there is to know about the Nissan NV200 upon which its quite obviously based. Now, though, the City Express is holding its official coming out party at the Chicago Auto Show, and we finally have the official details about what'll hopefully make this van attractive to work-minded buyers.

To no one's surprise, the City Express doesn't offer any mechanical differentiation from its Nissan equivalent. Power comes from a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine rated at 131 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque, mated exclusively to a continuously variable transmission. Of course, the purpose of the City Express is less about what's under its hood and more about what it can haul in its capacious cargo area. Chevrolet says the front passenger seat can fold flat to create a work space or accommodate longer objects in the cargo bay, there's a center console designed specifically for maximum storage capability and both sides of the van have sliding doors. In addition, there are a plethora of integrated cargo mounts, floor-mounted D-rings and roof rack mounts throughout the vehicle.

Visually, Nissan's NV200 has never exactly been a handsome thing to begin with, and this City Express doesn't really tweak it for the better - to our eyes, it might even be less attractive. Even the design of the 15-inch wheel covers have been left alone, though the Chevy shown here appears to wear chrome-finished units.

Pricing has not been announced, but we're curious to see where the City Express will fall compared to the $20,850 base price of the NV200. We'll know more when the van goes on sale later this year.
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2015 Chevrolet City Express Delivers the Goods

Versatile urban work van blends cargo room, maneuverability and efficiency


CHICAGO – Chevrolet's all-new 2015 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 goes on sale this fall, offering 122.7 cubic feet (3,474 liters) of customizable cargo space, a tight turning diameter of only 36.7 feet (11.2 m) and an estimated payload capacity of 1,500 pounds.

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."

Versatile and well-equipped

Designed for function, the City Express's all-important cargo area accommodates large and bulky items, with 4'6" of space from side wall to side wall – more than enough to load a standard 40" x 48" pallet flat on the floor.

There's also 6'10" of room from the rear doors to the back of the front seats. With the passenger seat folded, the length grows to 9'8". The tops of the rear wheel houses are flat to enable tiered storage and to maximize storage space.

Additional features include:
- Fold-down passenger seat that converts to a flat work space
- Center console designed for storage, including a standard file folder bin
- Tall, 40/60-split rear cargo doors that open to 90- and 180-degree angles
- Left- and right-side sliding doors
- Twenty integrated cargo-mounting points throughout the interior
- Six floor-mounted D-rings
- Six exterior roof rack mounting points
- Standard vinyl flooring
- Standard solid rear doors with tinted-glass windows available
- Standard driver information center
- Standard power windows
- 12-volt power outlet standard on LS
- Remote keyless entry with automatic locking feature standard on LT
- Heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors standard on LT
- Cruise control standard on LT, (available on LS)
- Backup sensors standard on LT, available on LS)

"The City Express is engineered to carry what's important to business owners – and do it with cost-effective efficiency and surprising versatility," said Peper.

A Technology package available on LT models includes a 5.8-inch diagonal touch screen, navigation, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio with a three-month trial period, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB input and a rearview camera system.

Bluetooth connectivity is also available on LS models.

Under the hood

Rated at 131 horsepower (98 kW) and 139 lb-ft of torque (188 Nm), the City Express's dual overhead cam 2.0L inline-four cylinder engine features continuously variable valve timing. A continuously variable transmission drives the front wheels, contributing to efficiency by making the most of torque delivery across the rpm band.

Designed to provide a balance of strength and low mass, a body-integral chassis enhances efficiency and the feeling of performance. A MacPherson-strut suspension is located in the front with a truck-style multi-leaf rear suspension. Other chassis features include 15-inch wheels, front disc brakes and efficiency-enhancing electric power steering.

Four-wheel antilock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution are standard, as is an electronic stability control system.

The City Express also comes with six airbags standard: dual-stage frontal airbags, side-impact supplemental airbags and roof-mounted curtain airbags for enhanced side-impact and rollover protection.

The City Express gets Chevrolet's Complete Care including:

- Three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper new vehicle limited warranty
- Five-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty
- Two-year/24,000-mile scheduled maintenance

All 3,200 Chevrolet dealerships across the United States can service the City Express.

Based on the Nissan NV200, the City Express comes in LS and LT trims. Pricing will be announced later.

Chevrolet also offers Express full-size cargo vans in half-ton, three-quarter-ton and 1-ton chassis, in regular and extended lengths, and with gas – including CNG-capable – and diesel engines. Cut-away and passenger models are also available.


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      Rotation
      • 10 Months Ago
      What this world needed was not another ugly version of that ugly vehicle.
      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 10 Months Ago
      A relatively inexpensive van that should be economical to run, but not so nice to look at. This is a segment where a few bucks make a big difference and so it will probably sell.
      Greg Aryous
      • 10 Months Ago
      Compared to new Ford TC with 1.6 EcoBoost has 178 hp vs Chevy only has 131hp = gutless!! Plus TC is rated at 30mpg and looks great while Chevy looks liked a "bandaide" Nissan van that already looks wierd. Plus TC will come in "wagon" version to effectively create a new "minivan" segment and dominate!
        MTU 5.0
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Greg Aryous
        Agreed. When I first saw this I was thinking how much better and just nicer overall the Ford Transit Connect is.
        felix.storm
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Greg Aryous
        yeah... but unfortunately the new Transit Connect is quite pricey.
        Matt
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Greg Aryous
        In the world of cargo vans, styling and horsepower are not the top reasons to purchase. To the companies that use them, it is mostly about what it can carry and what it costs. If this can beat Ford on price, it won't matter what it looks like. Companies don't buy vehicles based on emotion, they base it on value and utility.
          merlot066
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Matt
          MPG, operating costs, more configurations. What are you missing there? What good is this van having a cheaper price if it isn't the right roof height or length or if a company needs to tow something?
          Matt
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Matt
          You're not listening Merlot. Most business owners don't care. It all comes down to dollars and cents.
          Tweaker
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Matt
          A company also needs to be aware of its public face.
        cpmanx
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Greg Aryous
        More the point: The Transit Connect is rated to tow 2000 pounds (enough to do some light utility work) but the NV200/City Express does not have a tow rating. The big gap in hp and torque will also have a real impact on what it's like to drive the vans when they are heavily loaded. Those are significant utility factors for likely buyers.
      JaredN
      • 10 Months Ago
      Why the heck didn't GM develop their own van?
        Georg
        • 10 Months Ago
        @JaredN
        GM and Renault (Nissan) are doing this since a longe time The GM (Opel/Vauxhall) Vivaro, Renault Trafic and Nissan Primastar is a similar looking van from all versions are build by GM at the GM plant in Luton in the UK. The Renault Master is rebadged as GM Movano (Opel and Vauxhall) and is sold as Nissan NV400 all are build by Reanult and Volvo (trucks) that Nissan one day makes a van that the other sell rebaged is normal bussiness
      churchmotor
      • 10 Months Ago
      How is Ford's battle with the government going with the Transit Connect? If Ford loses, the Transit Connect will see a 25% price jump. As it should.
        merlot066
        • 10 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        1) That is barely related to this thread. 2) All of Ford's US factories are currently at or near capacity for production of their current models. 3) Would you be trolling random posts wishing for Honda to pay a tariff if there was a similar law that applied to them? Have a nice day Aaron_MaryT
          carguy1701
          • 10 Months Ago
          @merlot066
          Welcome to aaronm_mt's mind, merlot.
      Karter Wilkening
      • 10 Months Ago
      Very very sad. This is why GM fails - they don't even try.
        Phil B
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Karter Wilkening
        Uh, they most certainly tried with the Cruze, Impala, Corvette, CTS, etc etc.
      JD Steel
      • 10 Months Ago
      UGLY
      lostjr123
      • 10 Months Ago
      The way things are going, it might beat the 2014 Ford Transit Connect to the market.
        merlot066
        • 10 Months Ago
        @lostjr123
        The 2014 Transit Connect is already on sale, Ford's website says there are 26 in stock at my dealership and I saw one parked in the street last week.
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 10 Months Ago
      Sorry, but this looks tons better than the imported Ford.
      carguy1701
      • 10 Months Ago
      Stopgap product. GM is developing their own vehicle for this segment.
        RZ-Civic
        • 10 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Hope GM is also developing a replacement for the Express/Savana vans, now that Ram has the Promaster and Ford has the Transit on the way.
          carguy1701
          • 10 Months Ago
          @RZ-Civic
          The Savana/Express probably aren't going anywhere for a while, especially since they all have double wishbone front suspensions and the 1500s have rack and pinion steering. That said, they'll be updated in a couple years with the Gen V engines and the next corporate pickup interior.
      mbukukanyau
      • 10 Months Ago
      I for one smell a firewall and cash on the hood before its been even produced.
      Eric Schrader
      • 10 Months Ago
      GM's not creative enough to develop their own van? Pretty pathetic. Look how popular the Ford Transit has become. GM has a idle plant here in Atlanta that they could use to build their version. But GM's version of the Caravan looked like a tank, so I guess they don't have the smarts to pull it off.
        lostjr123
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Eric Schrader
        I don't think the niche is big enough to justify developing a new model. Many vans are shared among brands in Europe.
        thefinalmonster
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Eric Schrader
        Not even creative enough to change the steering wheel. That's a Nissan steering wheel. I bet if you peel off the Chevy logo there's a Nissan badge behind it.
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