Chevrolet released pricing information for its 2015 City Express compact van; the little worker van will start at $22,950 for the LS and $24,510 for the LT (prices include destination). The platform is shared with the Nissan NV200, which means it offers a 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine rated at 131 horsepower with 139 pounds-feet of torque mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (meaning one adjustable gear).
Although detailed specifications and fuel economy numbers have not been released, we expect payload ratings right around 1,500 pounds (like the Nissan) and an EPA rating somewhere around 23/25 mpg city/highway.
The Chevy City Express competes with the Nissan NV200 and Ford Transit Connect. Ram Commercial will be offering its version of a small work van, the ProMaster City, later this year, which is based off the Fiat Doblo.
Rising fuel prices and the need to transport large, bulky cargo with something more efficient than a ladder-frame full-size van with a V-8 engine were the impetus for creating this segment. Whether small businesses invest in these types of "Euro vans" will hinge on what happens to the economy and fuel prices during the next few years.
For more information on the City Express, go GM's Fleet and Commercial website.