GM has launched the 2015 Chevrolet City Express van at the ongoing 2014 Chicago Auto Show. If it looks very familiar, yes, the City Express is a rebadged Nissan NV200, which Nissan is also pushing as a taxi in major cities.
The van is New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow and the future London Black Cab. Spanish city Barcelona will be using a battery-powered version of the NV200. The Mitsubishi Delica D:3 is another rebadged NV200.
To go on sale this fall in the USA, the Chevrolet City Express offers 3,474 litres of customisable cargo space, a tight turning diameter of only 11.2 metres and an estimated payload capacity of 1,500 pounds (680 kg). Its cargo area measures 137 cm sidewall to sidewall, more than enough to load a standard pallet flat on the floor. The tops of the rear wheel houses are flat to enable tiered storage and to maximise storage space.
The City Express will deliver better efficiency than the regular full-sized van, thanks to its smaller size and 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The DOHC CVVT unit is rated at 131 hp and 188 Nm.
The van is available in LS and LT trims. A technology package available on LT models includes a 5.8-inch diagonal touch screen, navigation, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio with a three-month trial period, Bluetooth, USB input and a rearview camera.
In Malaysia, Tan Chong sells the Nissan NV200 in Semi Panel and Panel Van forms, but not as the Evalia passenger van, although that seven-seater has been spotted in Malaysia before.