2015 Chevy City Express Debuts at Chicago Auto Show

2015 Chevy City Express

Chevy’s newest truck is the new-for-2015 City Express cargo van, and it’s aimed squarely at the frugal little hearts of small business owners and big-city tradesmen who need a van, but also need a van that they can park. For them, the 2015 Chevy City Express offers more than 120 cubic feet of interior space plus 1500 lbs. of payload capacity- all with a (relatively) tight 36′ turning radius.

City Express buyers will also be happy with the small van’s excellent fuel efficiency. While numbers weren’t given at the show, expect significant efficiency gains when compared to full-size vans thanks to a a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine with continuously variable valve timing driving the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission. That setup will keep the engine at its torque peak longer, making the 2.0 liter four feel much more six-ish than you might expect.

GM was selling the new Chevy City Express hard at the Chicago show- pushing the phrase “the city that works” into its announcement more than once. “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,” Ed Peper, US vice president of GM’s Fleet and Commercial outfit, is quoted as having said in the van’s official press release. “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.”

That’s all well and good, but where I thought the City Express really shines is in its interior. Not because it’s fashionable, of course, but because of this handy-dandy shelf located just above the center console …

… that’s the perfect size for a clipboard. That’s real-world thinking and real-world usability there, people- and a fantastically thoughtful addition from GM’s interior designers.

What do you guys think? Is the new Chevy City Express a worthy successor to the more stylish HHR Panel? Will it take significant chunks out of Nissan NV200 and Ford Transit sales, too- or is it simply too late to the small van party? Let us know what you think in the comments, below.


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Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.