At this point, all appearances point to cargo vans that are carbon copies of one another save for their decoration. The Chevy gets the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 131 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque, the same continuously variable transmission, and the same 122.7 cubic feet of cargo room and maximum payload capacity of 1,500 pounds. Chevrolet's retail site does advertise a powertrain warranty of five years and 100,000 miles compared to Nissan's five years and 60,000 miles, and the City Express comes with Chevy's Complete Care scheduled maintenance program for two years or 24,000 miles, something Nissan doesn't appear to offer as inclusive.
Chevy hasn't released a configurator site for the City Express yet, so we can't compare standard options to see if that explains the price disparity, but we've reached out to the companies for comment and we'll update the post if and when we get some added context.
The City Express will start arriving in the fourth quarter this year, and you can find out more about it in the press release below.
Update: Chevrolet wrote to remind us that pricing for the 2015 Nissan NV 200 hasn't been revealed. In addition to the longer powertrain warranty and Complete Care maintenance package, Chevrolet confirmed the City Express "does offer more features, including six standard cargo tie downs, optional left and right side door glass and a second rear dome light in the cargo area and a different transmission that the current Nissan NV200." Also, the Bowtie version "will offer more build combinations - this is an important factor for many of our customers."
DETROIT, 2014-04-28 – The 2015 Chevrolet City Express LS – the brand's first entry in the small cargo van segment – will have a starting price of $22,950, including a $995 destination charge but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees.
The City Express features a standard 2.0L dual-overhead cam inline-four-cylinder engine with continuously variable valve timing rated at 131 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque. It has 122.7 cubic feet of customizable cargo space, a tight turning diameter of 36.7 feet and an estimated payload capacity of 1,500 pounds.
"The Chevrolet City Express offers business customers the functionality and dependability they need to get the job done and the long-term customer service and support from Chevrolet they've come to expect," said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet & Commercial.
Standard features on the LS model include dual rear sliding doors, power windows, 40/60 split rear cargo doors that open 90 and 180 degrees, solid rear doors with available tinted-glass windows, center console storage with a standard file folder bin, fold-down mobile workspace passenger seat, 20 interior cargo-mounting points, six floor-mounted D-rings, six exterior roof rack mounting points, vinyl flooring, a 150-amp alternator and a 12-volt power outlet.
The 2015 Chevrolet City Express LT starts at $24,510, including destination charges but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees. Standard features on the LT model, and available on the LS, include cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and backup sensors. Remote keyless entry with an automatic locking feature and heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors also are standard on the LT.
Available on LT models is a technology package with a 5.8-inch diagonal touch-screen radio, navigation, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio with a three-month trial, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB input jack and a rearview camera system.
The City Express will arrive at Chevrolet dealers early in the fourth quarter.
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