Chevrolet Express

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Chevrolet Express
2005 Chevrolet Express -- NHTSA.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer General Motors
Production 1995–present
Assembly Wentzville Assembly, Wentzville, Missouri, U.S.
Body and chassis
Class Full-size van
Body style Van
Chronology
Predecessor Chevrolet Van/Beauville
GMC Vandura/Rally
Successor Chevrolet City Express (1500 Series only)

The Chevrolet Express and its mechanically identical twin GMC Savana are full-size vans from General Motors. They replaced the Chevrolet Van and GMC Vandura in 1995. The Express and Savana currently[when?] hold 44.8% of the full-size van market in the United States, just behind rival Ford E-Series. The Express outsells the Savana by more than 3 to 1 in the United States, but the Savana outsells the Express 2 to 1 in Canada.

After 2003, the Express and Savana had updated front-end sheet metal similar to the GMT800 light trucks and GMT360 SUVs, and at the same time, fitted with the LS engines. The remainder of the body was not modified. In 2004, Stability Control (Stabilitrak) was added to all passenger vans. In 2008, the interior was updated and side impact roof airbags were standard on all passenger models. They also offer the E85 Flexfuel Vortec 5.3L V8 engine in both the 2008 Express 1500 Work Van and Passenger Van. The 6.6L Duramax V8 engine Diesel was added as an option for 2006.

In 2017 a new 2.8L Duramax Diesel engine was added.[1] In 2018 a new 6.0L V8 gaseous CNG/LPG capable engine was added.[2]

Variants[edit]

First generation
1st Chevrolet Express -- 09-27-2010.jpg
Overview
Also called Chevrolet Express
GMC Savana
Production 1995–2002
Body and chassis
Class Full-size van
Body style 3-door van
4-door van
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive (MY2003-MY2014)
Platform GMT600
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission 4 speed automatic (4L60e / 1500 series) (4L80e / 2500 & 3500 series)
Dimensions
Wheelbase
  • SWB: 135.0 in (3,429 mm)
  • LWB: 155.0 in (3,937 mm)
  • 1999–2000 Express SWB: 127.9 in (3,249 mm)
Length
  • 1996–98 SWB: 218.8 in (5,558 mm)
  • 1996–98 LWB: 238.8 in (6,066 mm)
  • 1999–2002 SWB: 218.7 in (5,555 mm)
  • 1999–2002 LWB: 238.7 in (6,063 mm)
Width
  • SWB: 79.2 in (2,012 mm)
  • LWB: 79.4 in (2,017 mm)
Height
  • 1996–98 Express: 81.8 in (2,078 mm)
  • 1996–98 Savana SWB/2500 SWB & 3500 LWB: 82.5 in (2,096 mm)
  • 84.7 in (2,151 mm)
  • 85.0 in (2,159 mm)
  • 1996–98 Savana LWB: 88.3 in (2,243 mm)
  • 84.8 in (2,154 mm)
  • 1500 & 2001–02 3500 LS LWB: 79.6 in (2,022 mm)
  • 1997–2002 3500 SWB: 83.9 in (2,131 mm)
  • 1997–2002 2500 LWB: 81.1 in (2,060 mm)
  • 2001–02 2500 LWB: 82.2 in (2,088 mm)
  • 2001–02 3500 LWB: 82.8 in (2,103 mm)
First generation (facelift)
Chevrolet-Express-Van.jpg
Overview
Also called
  • Chevrolet Express
  • GMC Savana
  • VIA Vtrux Van
  • Chevrolet Express Prisoner Transport
  • Chevrolet Utility Service Body
Production 2003–present
Body and chassis
Class Full-size van
Body style 3-door van
4-door van
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive (MY2003-MY2014)
Platform GMT610
Related Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Chevrolet Colorado
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
  • 4-speed automatic 4L60-E on 1500 (2003–2014)
  • 4-speed automatic 4L80-E on 2500 and 3500 (2003–2009)
  • 6 speed automatic 6L90-E on 2500 and 3500 (2010–present)
  • 8-speed on I4 Duramax (2017–present)
Dimensions
Wheelbase
  • SWB: 135.0 in (3,429 mm)
  • LWB: 155.0 in (3,937 mm)
Length
  • 2003–present SWB: 224.1 in (5,692 mm)
  • 2003–present LWB: 244.1 in (6,200 mm)
  • 2003–05 Savana LWB: 244.0 in (6,198 mm)
Width LWB & 2003–present SWB: 79.4 in (2,017 mm)
Height
  • 2003–present SWB: 81.6 in (2,073 mm)
  • 2003–present LWB: 82.0 in (2,083 mm)

Chevy Express Cargo[edit]

The cargo variety of the Express/Savana is popular as a work vehicle, often used by electricians, plumbers, and others needing to haul a variety of large items. In this way, it is the North American equivalent of the ubiquitous white vans in the United Kingdom. In the Netherlands, the Express is in common use as an ambulance, although its popularity is declining because of the high fuel consumption and small interior space compared to European vans.[3]

Chevy Express Passenger[edit]

The Express/Savana is also available as a passenger van, seating 8 to 15 passengers, depending on the model, and is often used as a tow truck, ambulance, shuttle bus, or school bus. Both the cargo and passenger models, as well as the cutaway van versions, often serve as the basis for conversion vans, motorhomes, and wheelchair accessible vans. As of mid-2014, half-ton Chevy Express vans and its cousin the GMC Savana have been discontinued. It was replaced by a Nissan-GM partnership badged Chevy City Express in the U.S. Only the 3/4-ton and 1-ton full size vans will be available as previous.[4]

Chevy Express Concept[edit]

Chevrolet Express was also the name of a concept car first shown in 1987. It was a turbine powered, drive-by-wire car made to show the possibilities of future limited-access highways.[5] It's not related to the production model.

Gallery[edit]

History[edit]

2012 recall[edit]

On August 14, 2012, GM issued a recall for 10,315 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans made from 2003-2004 in 20 cold weather U.S. states and in Canada because road salt may have corroded the fueling pipe. There are 9,389 vans recalled in the United States and 926 in Canada. The affected vans have "60/40" swing-out driver side doors.[6]

1500 discontinuation[edit]

General Motors discontinued production of the 1/2-ton ( <8500 lbs. GVWR ) 1500 series vans in June 2014 (2015MY). Sources cite low production numbers and CAFE requirements for the halt.[7] With the end of the 1500 model, unique features such as the all wheel drive and driver's side passengers doors have been removed from the options list. The Chevrolet City Express compact cargo van, a badge-engineered Nissan NV200, has taken the place of the 1500 van. At the same time, the Vortec 4300 engine was phased out of production. The full-sized van is still offered as the Chevrolet Express Cargo and the GMC Savana Cargo with a larger payload.

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