What Is It?
The 2015 Chevrolet City Express is a new two-passenger small cargo van aimed at small business owners. It is produced by Nissan and is based on the Nissan NV200, according to an announcement made by General Motors and Nissan last May.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The 2015 Chevrolet City Express will begin arriving at dealerships in the fall.
How Much Does It Cost?
Pricing will be announced later, according to General Motors.
What Kinds of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
• 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder: 131 horsepower, 139 pound-feet of torque
• Continuously variable transmission
• No EPA rating yet on the Chevrolet version, but the identical 2014 Nissan NV200 returns 24 mpg in city driving and 25 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
What Unique Features Does the Chevrolet City Express Offer?
The Chevrolet City Express is a version of the Nissan NV200 with a Chevrolet bowtie badge and different front fascia.
The Chevrolet City Express features customizable cargo space with a fold-down passenger seat that converts to a flat work space and tall 40/60-split rear cargo doors that open to 90- and 180-degree angles. Payload capacity is estimated at 1,500 pounds.
An optional Technology package on LT models includes a 5.8-inch touchscreen, navigation system and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio with a three-month trial period, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB input and a rearview camera system.
The City Express comes with six standard airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability control system.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Ford Transit Connect: This little workhorse is an attractive alternative to larger, thirstier and more expensive cargo vans. It is easy to park and maneuver in tight spaces and offers clever business-oriented electronics features.
Nissan NV200: This is a major case of sibling rivalry, as the NV200 and City Express are virtually the same. GM said its fleet customers have been asking for an entry into the small commercial van segment, which explains why the Detroit automaker turned to Nissan for help. The NV200 has been praised as a "box on wheels" or a giant toolbox that is aimed squarely at commercial users, such as caterers, florists and other small business owners. The NV200 — and the City Express — are all about functionality.
Should You Wait for It?
If you're crunched for time, it may be better to get the Nissan NV200. But if you want a small cargo van with domestic badging, it's probably worth the short wait for the Chevy version.