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In the words of a Nissan public relations person, meet the "second best-looking van in Chicago." That's right, Nissan's taxi-friendly NV200 has donned a Bowtie here in the Windy City and been branded the 2015 Chevrolet City Express.

Like its Nissan-badged counterpart, the City Express pairs a cavernous cargo area with a thrifty powertrain, featuring a continuously variable transmission and a 2.0-liter, 131-horsepower four-cylinder. As this is a badge-engineering job in the truest sense of the term, we wouldn't expect a very different driving experience from the NV200 we reviewed a few months back.

In case you're interested in seeing more of Chevy's expedient rival for the Ford Transit Connect, we headed down to the floor of the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place to get a closer look. Join in by taking a look up top at our full gallery of images from the show, and scroll below for the official press release from Chevrolet as well as video footage of its live media reveal in Chicago.


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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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      scott3
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is only for a couple years as they are already at work on their own model. Seeing GM is just coming off Chapter 11 they have most of their people and money being invested into new cars and trucks for the general public like the new CTS, ATS, Impala, coming new Cruze, Equinox and an entire new lineup for Opel and Buick some of which will be shared with Holden. Seeing how the old Cruze and Old Nox is selling over 200K units per year a remake should only increase to even bigger sales and profits. There is no company out there that could do any more than GM is doing at once as the limits on man power and money being used at one time are limited. Just look at all the new models they were able to produce in just 4-5 years since reorganization vs. what Chrysler has done. The fact is this segment is growing and even a short term borrowed unit will establish a place for GM and they will replace it 2017-2018 with their own unit. It would best that before you bash that you get all your facts straight before you look foolish showing what you don't know.
      AJP
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM has a LCV range in Europe. They most likely felt it too expensive to retrofit to US laws and import. Nissan after the debacle with the NYC TLC matter probably had tooled up with big over capacity. So this deal is a perfect fit. It fills a hole till GM has their own US model ready and Nissan fills in capacity it would have lost money on.
        design eye
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AJP
        GM's Europe LCV is a rebadged Fiat Doblo. Since Chrysler is selling that here as a dodge, GM had to look elsewhere for a quick fix.
      GTR
      • 1 Year Ago
      131 hp, esssh, who cares about that number, especially if its so low. This is a cargo van, what the hell is the torque numbers? I have a feeling, when fully loaded, this thing will have trouble pulling off the line and also passing cars on the hwy....
      aaron
      • 1 Year Ago
      With Ford breaking the law by IMPORTING their Transit, and the Feds about to force Ford to pay the 25% Chicken Tax, this Chevy is going to eat the Ford alive because Ford can't compete on price.
        mapoftazifosho
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aaron
        That law is old left-over junk from a time long ago...
          aaron
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mapoftazifosho
          Very true, and Ford is testing the limits of the Federal Government. Looks like the Feds are about to come down hard on Ford. Wonder if they will force Ford to pay back taxes on all those Transits they have illegally imported?
        Pater Tempus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aaron
        Or looks.
      Earl
      • 1 Year Ago
      Exactly what GM do best! Rebadging other vehicles . And there are die-hards who claims this company is better than Ford? Come on GM where is the innovation? Oh I know wait until Ford brings innovation ( Transit ) to the market then we go shopping in Japan or Europe and rebadge rebadge with a hint of styling cue borrowed from Ford of course!!
        Steve
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Earl
        same can be said about ford... did you see the "new" navigator? looks more like Expedition to me. GM has its strength and weaknesses just like Ford.
          mapoftazifosho
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Steve
          Steve, is the Navigator a rebadged and purchased Infiniti?
        ebn.hahn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Earl
        Ford own both you dum dum... Your example does not apply..
      Justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      C'mon, GM. This is what got you in trouble in the first place. Stop passing off other company's cars as your own.
      ChrisH
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chevy, if not GM, needs to be ashamed of this badge job. Hell the UAW should be throwing a hissy fit
      Larry Litmanen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Astro is back.........pedos everywhere rejoice.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        I wouldn't say this has much in common with the Astro -- but seriously, how could they not call it 'Astro' instead of 'City Express'? If I understand correctly, the Astro is generally respected by people who drive small-/mid-size commercial vehicles in the US.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        [blocked]
        Terry Actill
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        Thank you for calling me a "fag" via my Facebook page, Larry.
      Wisdom Seeker
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the three largest automakers on earth doesn't have the resources to design their own?
      barkeep
      • 1 Year Ago
      Classic badge engineering and licensing, at its finest.
      ss1591
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nissan can't give it away and it is just as ugly.
      Typesbad
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fine with me. The more of these bought rather than 6 or 8 Cylinder vans, the better for all of us. And a lot more small business owners and commercial fleet managers in this country think "Chevrolet" before they think "Nissan". Besides, as Scott3 states, this is just a fill-in until they get their own model developed. I recall how Acura did this with a re-badged Trooper for a couple of years and then came out with the brilliant MDX. And it does have a better face then the Nissan.
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