NEW FOR 2009:
– Standard 17-inch wheels on 1500 model
– GVWR increases to 3,311 kg (7,300 lbs) on 1500 models
– 125-amp alternator on 1500 models with 5.3-litre V8
– Engine oil cooler standard on 4.3-litre V6 cargo van models
– Fast idle option available on 6.0-litre V8 cargo van models
For 2009, the Chevrolet Express adds standard 17-inch wheels on the 1500 model, along with more capability and a larger alternator on the 5.3-litre V8 engine.
The Express is sold primarily as a commercial vehicle, but is available as a passenger van, with a 5.3-litre V8 engine in the 1500 model, and a 6.0-litre V8 in the 2500 and 3500 models. Both engines use a four-speed automatic transmission. Cargo and conversion vans also offer a 4.3-litre V6, 4.8-litre V8, and 6.6-litre Duramax V8 turbodiesel engine, all with four-speed transmissions.
The regular-wheelbase 1500 model can be optioned with all-wheel drive. The 1500 passenger van has standard eight-passenger seating; 2500 and 3500 models are 12-passenger, while the extended-wheelbase 3500 can be optioned to 15-passenger.
Standard features on the LS passenger van models include 17-inch steel wheels (16-inch on 2500 and 3500 models), front air conditioning, single halogen seal-beam headlights, swing-out right-hand cargo doors, full-opening rear load doors, privacy glass, black plastic grille, flat and convex side mirrors, swing-out rear window, intermittent wipers, full-length black vinyl floor covering, auxiliary rear heater, front and rear dome lights, interior composite trim panels, vinyl high-back driver and passenger bucket seats, CD stereo, block heater, and curtain airbags for the first three rows. The 3500 long-wheelbase model adds front and rear air conditioning, while all 3500 models add tilt wheel and cruise control.
The LT passenger van models add 17-inch chrome-styled wheels (1500 model only), chrome bumpers, chrome appearance grille, dual composite halogen headlights, front and rear air conditioning, cruise control, power locks, colour-keyed carpeting with rubber floor mats, reading lamps, underhood lamp, tilt wheel, instrument panel swing-out stowage compartment, power windows with driver’s express-down, and cloth driver and passenger seats.
Depending on the model, available options include electric rear window defogger, sliding side door, chrome appearance package, heated power mirrors, power front seats, six-CD stereo, trailer tow package, and keyless entry.
Also sold as the GMC Savana, the Express remains popular with those who need to haul a crowd, or who want to tow boats or trailers, but don’t want a truck. Other contenders in the segment include the Ford E-Series and the Dodge Sprinter.