Don’t worry if you’re feeling a bit of automotive déjà vu upon seeing the 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact cargo van. It’s a Nissan NV200 van with a few Chevrolet badges slapped on. This van, which debuts at the 2014 Chicago auto show later this week, gives GM an entry in the growing compact cargo van segment, which includes the NV200, the Ford Transit Connect, and the upcoming Ram ProMaster City which is based on the European-market Fiat Doblo.
Like the Nissan, the Chevrolet City Express has an impressive amount of space inside considering its compact footprint. There is 122 cu ft of space in total and a low, flat floor that can accommodate a 40’’ x 48 ‘’ pallet. Numerous mounting points make for easy cargo customization, and the 60/40-split rear cargo doors open out a full 180 degrees for easier cargo loading. Up front, the Chevrolet City Express has a fold-flat front passenger seat and a center console that’s designed to fit file folders.
Since the Chevrolet City Express is positioned as an easily maneuverable, practical option for small businesses in the city, it’s no surprise that its powertrain focuses on fuel economy over hauling power. The 131-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and CVT are carried over unchanged from the Nissan, and we presume that this front-wheel-drive van will receive the same 24/25/24 mpg city/highway/combined ratings as the Nissan NV200. Still, the City Express does manage a 1500 lb payload capacity. This is slightly below the 1710 lb capacity of the new Ford Transit Connect, but we expect the Chevrolet to be priced similarly to the $21,100 base price of the Nissan, which is nearly $2000 less than the base Ford Transit Connect.
Chevrolet says the 2015 City Express will come in LS and LT trim levels, which will likely correspond with the Nissan NV200’s S and SV levels. For the Nissan, the SV adds keyless entry, cruise control, and power mirrors; options like navigation, Bluetooth, and a backup camera should migrate over to the City Express as well.
More information about the 2015 Chevrolet City Express will be released closer to its debut at the 2014 Chicago auto show.