Chevrolet’s new van aimed at Ford Transit Connect
CHICAGO — Sure, the Chevrolet’s new 2015 City Express delivery truck is practical, roomy and a whole lot better looking than the Nissan version.
But fun to drive?
It’s actually a joy to handle from behind the wheel, says an enthusiastic Ed Peper, vice president of General Motor’s fleet and commercial division. Actually, he can’t stop talking about the truck. It’s being revealed here at the Chicago Auto Show.
In particular, he notes little details. It has halogen headlights that the Nissan version will lack. And if you look close inside of them, you’ll see a little Chevy “bowtie” local on the bezels. It also will be available with a glass side window.
The City Express, which takes dead aim at Ford’s Transit Connect, goes on sale this fall. It offers almost 123 cubic feet of cargo room and a 36.7-foot turning radius, which Peper says will help distinguish it from the competition. It can haul 1,500 pounds.
The City Express should be cheap to run thanks to a modest 2-liter four-cylinder engine with continuously variable transmission. It will be made by Nissan in Mexico, which already has its version of the van on sale. Chevy also makes the full-size Express van.
“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,” Peper says. “It is an easy-to-maneuver van that makes the most of its compact dimensions with clever features.”
–Woodyard reported in Chicago and Healey in McLean, Va.