Chevrolet’s 2015 City Express cargo van, the company’s first entry into the small van segment, will offer an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, resulting in 25 mpg combined (9.8, 9.0 and 9.4 L/100 km, respectively).
The vehicle’s 2.0L dual-overhead cam inline-four-cylinder engine matched to a continuously variable transmission allows the vehicle to achieve greater efficiency on the road, especially when driving in the city.
As point of comparison, Ford offers two engine options in its Transit Connect small van: a 1.6L EcoBoost and a 2.5L DOHC four-cylinder. In the 2014 Transit Connect, the 1.6L EcoBoost offers 25 mpg combined, with 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. The 2.5L unit offers 24 mpg combined, with 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.
The 2015 Chevrolet City Express LS starts at $22,950, MSRP excluding tax, title, license, optional equipment and dealer fees. Standard features on the LS model include dual rear sliding doors, power windows, 40/60 split rear cargo doors that open 90 and 180 degrees, solid rear doors with available tinted-glass windows, center console storage with a standard file folder bin, fold-down mobile workspace passenger seat, 20 interior cargo-mounting points, six floor-mounted D-rings, six exterior roof rack mounting points, vinyl flooring, a 150-amp alternator and a 12-volt power outlet.
The new addition to Chevrolet’s stable of fleet vehicles will arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter, offering 122.7 cubic feet (3,474 liters) of customizable cargo space, a tight turning diameter of only 36.7 feet (11.2 m) and an estimated payload capacity of 1,500 pounds.