The Chevrolet Express is a versatile commercial van available in a wide range of body, wheelbase and interior configurations ranging from a two-door, two-passenger cargo van or cutaway van up to a passenger van with room for 15. The Chevy Express is manufactured in Wentzville, Mo. alongside the GMC Savana. Main competition to the Express include the Ford E-Series and Dodge Sprinter.
Full-size vans are some of the most utilitarian, purpose-built vehicles on the market. While far from exciting, they do represent an important source of sales for major automobile manufacturers. The Express features a spacious, versatile interior that is easily upfitted to just about any commercial need.
The Chevrolet Express is a versatile and capable van that is available in a number of configurations based on the primary needs of the buyer. The most common iteration is the Work Van, which is a very basic, two-seat van providing a wide open cargo space which can be used to haul 225 cubic feet of materials or equipment (261 in extended wheelbase vans). The van can also be used to fit equipment or other tools to the walls and ceiling, creating a portable workshop.
The Cutaway Van is the version which comes from the factory with just a cab and a bare rear chassis. This allows the buyer to fit any number of different boxes, cargo containers or work implements to the rear of the vehicle, and the wheelbase can be ordered up to 177 inches in length. This makes it the vehicle of choice for many moving companies and van rental agencies.
The Passenger Van can be configured with seating for up to 15 people, and it functions well as a mini-bus or sight-seeing shuttle. All-wheel drive can be ordered with this model in order to keep passengers safe in slippery road conditions, which are often hard to navigate in long vans. Side-curtain airbags are also available. Understandably, of the three different body styles, the Passenger Van is best equipped when it comes to driver and passenger comforts such as power accessories and cruise control.
There are a great many engine options for the Express van, and their availability is largely determined by the configuration which has been ordered. Base vans are equipped with a 4.3 liter V6 engine which generates 195 horsepower and 260 ft-lb of torque. For moving a van full of passengers, V8 power is standard, and options start with either a 4.8 liter or a 5.3 liter (with Flex Fuel capability). The V8 range tops out with a huge 6.0 liter generating 373 lb-ft of torque and 323 horsepower, which is standard on extended, full-ton versions of the passenger van.
Heavier three-quarter ton and full-ton versions of the Express van also come standard with V8 engines, although a 6.6 liter Duramax diesel is optional and highly recommended if heavy hauling or towing is planned. This engine is only available on the Work Van and Cutaway Van.
With this level of configuration available, the Chevrolet Express can be even more confusing to option out than even the full-size Silverado. However, this is largely due to the vast number of different options which are designed to please even the most demanding service operator or contractor. The Chevrolet Express remains a popular choice amongst those who must routinely move a great number of people or a large amount of cargo in safety and comfort.