TechSpec: 2015 Chevrolet City Express

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The 2015 Chevrolet City Express combines maneuverability and cargo-hauling flexibility with efficiency, giving urban commercial business owners and fleet managers value-driven capability with lower operating costs than full-size vans.

It offers 122.7 cubic feet (3,474 liters) of customizable cargo space, a tight turning diameter of only 36.7 feet (11.2 meters) and a payload capacity of 1,500 pounds (680 kg).

The City Express also delivers greater efficiency than full-size vans, thanks to its smaller size and a 2.0L inline-four-cylinder engine with continuously variable valve timing.

The compact van is designed with the urban driver in mind. The tall rear doors are a 40/60-split design, with the 60-percent side on the right (curb) side for easy access from a sidewalk. The 40-percent left-side door is shorter, reducing its potential intrusion into the street when open.

The City Express’ DOHC 2.0L inline-four engine with continuously variable valve timing is rated at 131 horsepower (98 kW) and 139 pound-feet of torque (188 Nm). It drives the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission that contributes to efficiency by optimizing the torque delivery across the rpm band.

A body-integral chassis is designed to provide a balance of strength and low mass that enhances efficiency and the feeling of performance. A MacPherson-strut suspension is located in the front and there’s a truck-style multi-leaf rear suspension. Other chassis features include 15-inch wheels, front disc brakes and efficiency-enhancing electronic power steering.

Four-wheel anti-lock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution are standard, as is an electronic stability control system.

 The City Express — offered in LS and LT trims — is based on the Nissan NV200, which GM procures from Nissan and distributes through its dealer network.

The LS model has a starting price of $22,950, including a $995 destination charge but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees. Standard features include dual rear sliding doors, power windows, 40/60 split rear cargo doors, 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 2015 Chevrolet City Express LT starts at $24,510, building on the LS with additional standard features including cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and backup sensors. Remote keyless entry with an automatic locking feature and heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors are also standard on the LT.

Servicing the 2015 Chevrolet City Express

NORMAL MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km):

• Rotate tires

• Change engine oil and filter

• Check engine coolant level

• Check drive shaft boots

• Check windshield washer fluid level

• Visually inspect windshield wiper blades for wear, cracking or contamination; replace worn or damaged wiper blades

• Check tire inflation pressures

• Inspect tire wear

• Visually check for fluid leaks

• Inspect engine air cleaner filter

• Inspect brake system

• Visually inspect steering, suspension and chassis components for damaged, loose or missing parts or signs of wear

• Check restraint system components

• Visually inspect fuel system for damage or leaks

• Visually inspect exhaust system and nearby heat shields for loose or damaged parts

• Lubricate body components

•  Check accelerator pedal for damage, high effort or binding; replace if needed

Every 20,000 miles (32,000 km):

• Inspect evaporative control system; check all fuel and vapor lines and hoses for proper hook-up, routing and condition

Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km):

• Replace engine air cleaner filter (if operating mainly in dusty conditions, more frequent maintenance may be required)

At 40,000 miles (64,000 km) or 48 months, and then every 12 months or 10,000 miles (16,000 km) thereafter:

• Visually inspect accessory drive belts; replace if damaged

Every three years or 45,000 miles (72,000 km):

• Replace brake fluid

Every 100,000 miles (160,000 km):

• Replace spark plugs

At 100,000 miles (160,000 km) or 84 months, and then every 75,000 miles (120,000 km) or 60 months thereafter:

• Drain and fill engine cooling system

SEVERE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

In addition to the normal service schedule, some vehicles require service more often. Sever service is for vehicles that are mainly driven in heavy city traffic in hot weather, mainly driven in hilly or mountainous terrain, frequently towing a trailer, used for high-speed or competitive driving or used for taxi, police or delivery service.

Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km):

• Rotate tires

• Change engine oil and filter

• Check engine coolant level

• Check drive shaft boots

• Check windshield washer fluid level

• Visually inspect windshield wiper blades for wear, cracking or contamination; replace worn or damaged wiper blades

• Check tire inflation pressures

• Inspect tire wear

• Visually check for fluid leaks

• Inspect engine air cleaner filter

• Inspect brake system

• Visually inspect steering, suspension and chassis components for damaged, loose or missing parts or signs of wear

• Check restraint system components

• Visually inspect fuel system for damage or leaks

• Visually inspect exhaust system and nearby heat shields for loose or damaged parts

• Lubricate body components

•  Check accelerator pedal for damage, high effort or binding; replace if needed

Every 20,000 miles (32,000 km):

• Inspect evaporative control system; check all fuel and vapor lines and hoses for proper hook-up, routing and condition

Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km):

• Replace engine air cleaner filter (if operating mainly in dusty conditions, more frequent maintenance may be required)

At 40,000 miles (64,000 km) or 48 months and then every 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or 12 months thereafter:

• Visually inspect accessory drive belts; replace belts if damaged

Every 45,000 miles (72,000 km) or 36 months:

• Replace brake fluid

Every 60,000 miles (96,000 km):

• Replace CVT transmission fluid

Every 100,000 miles (160,000 km):

• Replace spark plugs

At 100,000 miles (160,000 km) or 84 months and then every 75,000 miles (120,000 km) or 60 months thereafter:

• Drain and fill engine cooling system

SPECIAL APPLICATION SERVICES

Severe commercial use vehicles only:

• Lubricate chassis components every 3,000 miles (5,000 km)

• Have underbody flushing service performed

FLUIDS AND CAPACITIES

Motor Oil: dexos1 5W-30; capacity is 4.625 quarts (4.4 liters)

Coolant: ACDelco CE Long Life Antifreeze or equivalent; capacity is 8.0 quarts (7.6 liters)

Brake Fluid: DOT 3 Hydraulic Brake Fluid

Capacity: 8.0 quarts (7.6 liters)]]

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