If you’re thinking, “hey, that looks familiar…” you aren’t alone. We’ve already seen photos of the 2015 Chevrolet City Express van. And before that, we’ve already learned everything there is to know about the Nissan NV200 upon which its quite obviously based. Now, though, the City Express is holding its official coming out party at the Chicago Auto Show, and we finally have the official details about what will hopefully make this van attractive to work-minded buyers.
To no one’s surprise, the City Express doesn’t offer any mechanical differentiation from its Nissan equivalent. Power comes from a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine rated at 131 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque, mated exclusively to a continuously variable transmission. Of course, the purpose of the City Express is less about what’s under its hood and more about what it can haul in its capacious cargo area.Chevrolet says the front passenger seat can fold flat to create a work space or accommodate longer objects in the cargo bay, there’s a center console designed specifically for maximum storage capability and both sides of the van have sliding doors. In addition, there are a plethora of integrated cargo mounts, floor-mounted D-rings and roof rack mounts throughout the vehicle.
Visually, Nissan’s NV200 has never exactly been a handsome thing to begin with, and this City Express doesn’t really tweak it for the better – to our eyes, it might even be less attractive. Even the design of the 15-inch wheel covers have been left alone, though the Chevy shown here appears to wear chrome-finished units.
Pricing has not been announced, but we’re curious to see where the City Express will fall compared to the $20,850 base price of the NV200. We’ll know more when the van goes on sale later this year.