Chevrolet has announced pricing for its new small cargo van
Rebadging a Nissan
With the deal to be the exclusive supplier for New York City's taxi fleet off the table, it appears as if Nissan found itself with an overabundance of capacity at its Jiutepec, Morelos, Mexico assembly facility that builds the NV200 commercial van.
Thus, it struck a deal with Chevrolet to rebadged a slew of them so the General's bowtie division would have a small cargo van to better compete with Ford's Transit Connect. Thus was born the brand's new small cargo van.
2015 Chevrolet City Express
Available at Chevrolet dealers in the U.S. and Canada sometime early in the fourth quarter of this year, the American version will be available in two trim levels – LS and LT.
Both will feature Nissan's MR20DE 2.0-liter DOHC inline-four-cylinder gasoline engine featuring continuously variable valve timing that produces 131 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque that's mated to a Nissan Xtronic CVT. Like the NV200, Chevy's clone that it calls the City Express has 122.7 cubic feet of cargo space, a turning diameter of 36.7 feet and an estimated payload capacity of 1,500 pounds.
Standard equipment on the LS trim includes dual rear sliding doors, power windows, 40/60 split rear cargo doors, solid rear doors (with optional tinted-glass windows), center console featuring 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, 150-amp alternator and 12-volt power outlet.
Moving up to the LT trim adds, among other things, standard cruise control, Bluetooth, backup sensors, keyless entry with an automatic locking plus heated, power outside mirrors – all features available as options on LS models.
Optional on LT models is a technology package consisting of a 5.8-inch touch-screen radio, navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB input jack and a rearview camera.
2015 Chevy City Express pricing
The 2015 Chevrolet City Express LS will have a starting price of $22,950, while the 2015 Chevrolet City Express LT starts at $24,510. Both prices include destination charges but exclude tax, title, license and dealer fees.