General Motors rolls out their own NV compact for the commercial crowd

While we’ve known for quite some time Chevrolet would get their own version of the Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo, the General has rolled it out in production trim for the first time in Chicago along with all the technical bits.

The Chevrolet City Express is, for all intents and purposes, an NV200 with a Chevrolet face. Sporting the same 131 hp, 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission, Chevrolet says the City Express will be available this fall.

Ford will be going to market soon with their new Transit Connect in both cargo and passenger guises. With more flexible, and arguably better, equipment choices for the Transit Connect versus the current NV200 and the new City Express, it’s hard to see how Chevrolet will pick up many sales with this badge-engineered commercial compact.

Pricing details will be announced closer to launch.

Full press release and images below.


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.

2015 Chevrolet City Express Van Preliminary Key Specifications

Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine
Transmission: CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)
Drive Configuration: Front engine, front-wheel drive
Wheels/Tires: 15-inch steel wheels with center caps /185/60R15 high-load all-season tires
Suspension: Independent front strut, rear leaf spring, front stabilizer bar
Braking: Power-assisted vented front disc/rear drum brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Steering: Electric power-assisted steering
Wheelbase (in): 115.2
Length (in): 186.3
Width (in): 68.1
Height (in): 73.7
Cargo volume (cu ft.): 122.7
Maximum payload (lb.): 1,500
Horsepower: (hp. @rpm) 131 @ 5,200(est.)
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm) 139 @ 4,800
Seating Capacity: 2-passenger
Exterior Features: Chevrolet signature front grille, aerodynamic front end design, halogen headlights, black front and rear bumpers, outside mirrors with wide-angle spotter mirrors, low-effort dual sliding side doors, tall 40/60 split opening rear doors with dual opening positions (90 and 180 degrees), available heated outside mirrors (including spotter mirrors)
Interior Features: Driver-focused front cockpit with fold-down passenger seat that creates a worktop or extended cargo space, driver 6-way manual adjustable seat with lumbar and armrest, 4-way manual adjustable passenger seat, height-adjustable front head restraints, cloth seat surfaces with outboard vinyl wear patches, driver and passenger front door map pockets, power windows with one-touch auto up and down, center console with two cup holders, laptop/hanging file storage, pen/pencil tray and CD holder, 12-volt power outlet on instrument panel, available 12-volt power point in rear of center console, recessed storage areas on upper instrument panel for folders and documents, passenger side under seat storage tray, driver information center, battery saver feature, AM/FM/CD with auxiliary input and two front door mounted speakers, floor mounted cargo hooks (6) in cargo area.
Technology: Navigation System available, Bluetooth
wireless communications, XM Satellite
Radio (XM subscription required, sold
separately), Rear View Camera
Safety: 6 standard air bags including
roof-mounted curtain side impact
supplemental air bags for front occupant
head protection, front seat mounted
driver and passenger side impact
supplemental air bags, stability control, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)



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