2015 Chevrolet City Express introduced

Article by Anita Panait, on February 16, 2014

Chevrolet will be rolling out its Nissan-built City Express compact cargo van this fall as it challenges Ford’s Transit Connect. Chevrolet unveiled the City Express at the Chicago Auto Show and is targeting it towards small business owners needing a nimble, fuel-efficient cargo hauler with a versatile interior. It will feature just one body style and with one powertrain.

It will be the third entry into the compact cargo van segment pioneered by the Transit Connect and followed by the Nissan NV200. Ironically, the City Express is built for Chevrolet by Nissan and is derived from the Nissan NV200. Nissan rolled out the NV200 in March 2013 and posted sales of 4,619 units for the year. As Nissan is bidding to establish itself as a player in the commercial sector, it is also offering the full-sized NV van. Sales of compact cargo van sales are seen to surge to around 120,000 units by 2017, according to IHS Automotive.

Ram is set to field its own small cargo van this winter, the ProMaster City that is based on the Fiat Doblo and will be built for Ram by Fiat. While Chevrolet officials did not disclose the pricing for the City Express at the Chicago Auto Show, they said the compact cargo van will be competitive with the Transit Connect, which has a starting price of $22,995, including shipping.

Ford managed to hike sales of Transit Connect from 8,834 in 2009 to 39,703 in 2013 – figures that caught the attention of Nissan, General Motors and Ram. Compact cargo vans are attractive to small business owners due to their low purchase price, good fuel economy and ease of parking in cities.

Interiors of such vehicles could also be configured with shelves, tie-downs and floor-based storage options. "If you look at a florist or a bakery owner, they don't care about a van's cargo and towing capability. They are looking for a nice interior to move a large amount of items," quipped Mike Jackson, IHS' director of North American forecasting.

The Chevrolet City Express is powered by Nissan's 131-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a continuously variable transmission. Chevrolet’s offering is expected to have similar EPA mpg rating with that of the NV200's: 24 city/25 highway/24 combined.

Press Release

2015 Chevrolet City Express Delivers the Goods

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 i 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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