Truck Trend is the source for official specifications, payload, towing capacity, and other information that matters to real truck users. Check out the latest info for the 2011 Chevrolet Express work van. The Chevy Express has five engine options, four Transmissions options, and comes in a 135- or 155-in. wheelbase.


2011 Chevrolet Express Technical Specifications
Overview
Models: Chevy Express: full-frame G-Series eight-, 12-, 15-passenger and cargo van (8-, 12-passenger w/ H-Series), RH sliding or swing-out 60/40 doors or optional LH swing-out 60/40 doors, (G-Series available as RV & commercial cutaway)
Body style / driveline: cargo and passenger van (RH sliding or swing-out 60/40 doors or optional LH swing-out 60/40 doors on cargo van, front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Construction: full frame
EPA vehicle class: full-size van
Manufacturing location: Wentzville, Mo.
Engines
  4.3L V-6 (LU3) 4.8L V-8 (L20) 5.3L V-8 (LMF)
Type: 4.3L V-6 4.8L V-8 5.3L V-8
Displacement (cu in / cc): 262 / 4293 294 / 4807 327 / 5328
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.00 x 3.48 / 101.6 x 88 3.78 x 3.27 / 96 x 83 3.78 x 3.62 / 96 x 92
Block material: cast iron cast iron cast iron
Cylinder head material: cast iron cast aluminum cast aluminum
Valvetrain: OHV, two valves per cylinder OHV, two valves per cylinder OHV, two valves per cylinder
Ignition system: composite distributor, platinum-tip spark plugs, low-resistance spark plug wires composite distributor, platinum-tip spark plugs, low-resistance spark plug wires electronic spark control, composite distributor, platinum-tip spark plugs
Fuel delivery: sequential fuel injection sequential fuel injection sequential fuel injection
Compression ratio: 9.2:1 9.5:1 9.5:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 195 / 145 @ 4600 280 / 208 @ 5200 310 / 224 @ 5200
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 260 / 353 @ 2800 296 / 396 @ 4600 334 / 439 @ 4500
Recommended unleaded fuel: regular unleaded regular unleaded or E85 (passenger or cargo only) regular unleaded or E85
Maximum engine speed (rpm): 5600 5600 5600
Emissions controls: three-way catalytic converter, exhaust gas recirculation, PCV, evaporative collection system three-way catalytic converter, exhaust gas recirculation, PCV, evaporative collection system three-way catalytic converter, exhaust gas recirculation, PCV, evaporative collection system
Note: Full-body vans have three-way converters; Cutaways have dual converters
EPA-estimated fuel economy (mpg city / hwy)
Cargo: 15/20 N/A 13 / 17
Passenger: N/A 11/17 13 / 17
Engines
  6.0L V-8 (L96) Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel (LGH)
Type: 6.0L V-8 6.6L V-8
Displacement (cu in / cc): 366 / 5967 403 / 6599
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4 x 3.62 / 101.6 x 92 4.06 x 3.90 / 103 x 99
Block material: cast iron cast iron
Cylinder head material: cast aluminum cast aluminum
Valvetrain: OHV, two valves per cylinder OHV, four valves per cylinder
Ignition system: coil near plug, platinum-tip spark plugs, low resistance spark plug wires fast-heating glow plugs
Fuel delivery: sequential fuel injection direct injection diesel with high-pressure common rail
Compression ratio: 9.4:1 16.0:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 323 / 241 @ 4600 260 / 194 @ 3100
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 373 / 504 @ 4400 525 / 727 @ 1600
Recommended unleaded fuel: regular unleaded or E85 (passenger or cargo only) diesel B20 capable
Maximum engine speed (rpm): 5600 3450
Emissions controls: three-way catalytic converter, exhaust gas recirculation, PCV, evaporative collection system catalytic converter, exhaust gas recirculation; diesel particulate filter system (DPF), selective catalyst reduction (SCR)
Note: Full-body vans have three-way converters; Cutaways have dual converters
EPA-estimated fuel economy (mpg city / hwy)
Cargo: N/A N/A
Passenger: 11/16 N/A
Transmissions
  Hydra-Matic 4L60 Hydra-Matic 6L90 
Type: four-speed electronic automatic with overdrive and torque converter six-speed heavy-duty electronic automatic with overdrive and torque converter
Gear ratios (:1)
First: 3.06 4.03
Second: 1.63 2.36
Third: 1:00 1.53
Fourth: 0.67 1.15
Fifth: -- 0.85
Sixth: -- 0.67
Reverse: 2.29 3.06
Final drive ratio (:1): 3.42 std. with 4.3L, 5.3L; 3.73 opt. with 5.3L 3.42 std., 3.73 opt. (6.0L); 3.54 (6.6L)
Chassis/Suspension
  G1500 H1500
Front: independent short/long arm (SLA) coil springs, 33-mm stabilizer bar Independent short/long arm (SLA) torsion bars, 33-mm stabilizer bar
Rear: two-stage, semi-elliptic multi-leaf springs and semifloating rear axle two-stage, semi-elliptic multi-leaf springs and semifloating rear axle
Steering type (all models): power, rack and pinion power, rack and pinion
Steering ratio: 17.2:1 17.2:1
Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock: 3 3
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m):
135-in WB: 43.4 / 13.2 43.4 / 13.2
155-in WB:
Chassis/Suspension
  G2500 (135-, 155-in. WB) G3500 (135-, 155-in. WB)
Front: independent short/long arm (SLA) coil springs, 35-mm stabilizer bar independent short/long arm (SLA) coil springs, 35-mm stabilizer bar
Rear: two-stage, semi-elliptic multi-leaf springs and semifloating rear axle (depending on the GVW) two-stage, semi-elliptic multi-leaf springs and semifloating rear axle
Steering type (all models): integral power integral power
Steering ratio: 17.2:1 17.2:1
Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock: 3 3
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m):
135-in WB: 49.2 / 15 49.2 / 15
155-in WB: 54.5 / 16.6 54.5 / 16.6
Brakes
Type: Hydroboost four-wheel disc, four-wheel ABS with Dynamic Rear Proportioning Hydroboost four-wheel disc, four-wheel ABS with Dynamic Rear Proportioning
  7300-lb. GVWR 8,600-lb. GVWR
Rotor diameter x thick (in / mm) Front: 12 x 1.14 / 305 x 29 12.8 x 1.5 / 325 x 38
Rotor diameter x thick (in / mm) Rear: 13 x 1.18 / 330 x 30 13 x 1.14 / 330 x 29
Total swept area (sq in / sq cm): Front: 214 / 1378 246 / 1584
Total swept area (sq in / sq cm): Rear: 237 / 1526 237 / 1526
Brakes
Type: Hydroboost four-wheel disc, four-wheel ABS with Dynamic Rear Proportioning Hydroboost four-wheel disc, four-wheel ABS with Dynamic Rear Proportioning
  9,600-lb. GVWR 10000-14200-lb. GVWR
Rotor diameter x thick (in / mm) Front: 12.8 x 1.5 / 325 x 38 12.8 x 1.5 / 325 x 38
Rotor diameter x thick (in / mm) Rear: 13 x 1.14 / 330 x 29 13.5 x 1.6/ 345 x 40
Total swept area (sq in / sq cm): Front: 245 / 1584 245 / 1584
Total swept area (sq in / sq cm): Rear: 237 / 1526 TBD
Wheels/Tires
  G1500 G2500 (135-, 155-in WB) G3500 (135-, 155-in WB)
Wheel size & type: 17-inch steel 16-inch steel 16-inch steel
Tires: P245/70R17 all-season steel-belted radials LT245/75R16E* all-season steel-belted radials LT245/75R16E all-season steel-belted radials
*Standard on all G2500, except cargo van with 7,300-lb GVWR, which has a standard LT245/75R16E


2011 Chevrolet Express Dimensions
Exterior
  G1500 Regular G2500 Regular G3500 Regular G3500 Extended
Wheelbase (in / mm): 135 / 3434 135 / 3434 135 / 3434 155 / 3940
Overall length (in / mm): 224 / 5696 224 / 5696 224 / 5698 244 / 6188
Overall width (in / mm): 79.2 / 2012 79.2 / 2012 79.2 / 2012 79.2 / 2012
Overall height (in / mm): 83.7 / 2126 81.5 / 2071 81.5/ 2071 82.8 / 2108
Track (in / mm):
Front: 68.1 / 1730 68.1 / 1730 68.1 / 1730 68.1 / 1730
Rear: 67.7 / 1719 67.7 / 1719 67.7 / 1719 67.7 / 1719
Min. ground clearance (in / mm):
Front: 8 / 202 8.2 / 207 11.0 / 279 8.8 / 223
Rear: 7.4 / 188 7.1 / 180 7.1 / 180 7.7 / 195
Ground to top of rear load floor (in / mm):
Passenger: 29.1 / 738 29.1 / 738 27.8 / 705 30.1 / 764
Cargo: 28.4/ 721 25.1 / 637 27.8 / 705 27.8 / 707
Step-in height (in / mm) - to step assist foot well:
Passenger, front door: 17.7 / 449 19.4 / 492 19.4 / 492 19.4 / 492
Passenger, side door: 18.3 / 465 19.8 / 502 19.8 / 502 19.8 / 502
Cargo, front door: 20.4 / 519 20.3 / 515 20.3/ 515 20.3 / 515
Cargo, side door: 20.6 / 524 20.8 / 428 20.8 / 428 20.8 / 428
Curb weight (lb / kg):
Cargo: 4919 / 2329 5326 / 2416 5362 / 2432 5557 / 2520
Passenger: 5226 / 2507 6070 / 2753 6087 / 2761 6406 / 2906
Interior
  G1500 Regular G2500 Regular G3500 Regular G3500 Extended
Seating capacity (std / opt)
Passenger van: 8 12/8 12/8 12/15
Cargo van: 2/1 2/1 2/1 2/1
Headroom (in / mm)
Front row 39.8 / 1013 39.8 / 1013 39.8 / 1013 39.8 / 1013
Middle (first row): 38.4 / 976 38.4 / 976 38.4 / 976 38.4 / 976
Middle (second row): 38.5 / 978 38.5 / 978 38.5 / 978 38.5 / 978
Rear (12-pass): 37.6 / 973 37.6 / 973 37.6 / 973
Rear (15-pass): 37.6 / 954
Legroom (in / mm)
Front: 41.3 / 1050 41.3 / 1050 41.3 / 1050 41.3 / 1050
Middle (first row): 36.3 / 922 36.3 / 922 36.3 / 922 36.3 / 922
Middle (second row): 36.6 / 929 36.6 / 929 36.6 / 929 36.6 / 929
Rear (12-pass): 36.6 / 929 36.6 / 929 36.6 / 929
Rear (15-pass): 34.1 / 866
Shoulder room (in / mm)
Front: 68.8 / 1749 68.8 / 1749 68.8 / 1749 68.8 / 1749
Middle (first row): 68.6 / 1742 68.6 / 1742 68.6 / 1742 68.6 / 1742
Middle (second row): 65.8 / 1670 65.8 / 1670 65.8 / 1670 65.8 / 1670
Rear (12-pass): 69.1 / 1755 69.1 / 1755 69.1 / 1755
Rear (15-pass): 62.9 / 1597
Hip room (in / mm)
Front: 65.5 / 1663 65.5 / 1663 65.5 / 1663 65.5 / 1663
Middle (first row): 65.6 / 1667 65.6 / 1667 65.6 / 1667 65.6 / 1667
Middle (second row): 63.3 / 1607 63.3 / 1607 63.3 / 1607 63.3 / 1607
Rear (12-pass): 65.7 / 1668 65.7 / 1668 65.7 / 1668
Rear (15-pass): 62.87 / 1597
Cargo volume (cu ft / liters)
Behind front seat: (Cargo) 239.7 / 6787 239.7 / 6787 239.7 / 6787 284.4 / 8054.3
(Passenger) 216.2 / 6122 216.2 / 6122 216.2 / 6122 252.9 / 7160.7
Width between wheelhousings (in / mm)
Cargo: 52.7 / 1338 52.7 / 1338 52.7 / 1338 52.7 / 1338
Passenger: 50.4 / 1280 50.4 / 1280 50.4 / 1280 50.4 / 1280
Load floor length (in / mm)
Behind 1st row seat, Cargo: 124.6/ 3165 124.6/ 3165 124.6/ 3165 146.2 / 3713
Behind 1st row seat, Passenger: 126.2 / 3205 126.2 / 3205 126.2 / 3205 146.0 / 3710
Behind 2nd row, Passenger: 89.13 / 2264 89.13 / 2264 89.13 / 2264 109.0 / 2769
Behind 3rd row, Passenger: 57.16 / 1452 57.16 / 1452 57.16 / 1452 77.0 / 1957
Behind 4th row, Passenger: 45.0 / 1143
Behind 5th row, Passenger: 13.5 / 342
Interior height (in / mm)
Cargo: 52.9 / 1344 52.9 / 1344 52.9 / 1344 53.4 / 1358
Passenger: 51.8 / 1316 51.8 / 1316 51.8 / 1316 51.8 / 1316
Weight and towing ratings
  G1500 (135-in. WB) G2500 (135-in & 155-in. WB) G3500 (135-in. & 155-in. WB)
Max. GVWR (lb / kg)
Passenger van: 7300 / 3311 8600 / 3901 (135-in.)
(135-in. & 155-in)
9600 / 4354 (w/ 6.0L)
9600 / 4354 (w/ 6.6L)135-in
9900 / 4491 (w/ 6.6L) 155-in
Cargo van: 7300 / 3311 8600 / 3901 9600 / 4354 (w/ 6.0L)
9600 / 4354 (w/ 6.6L)
(135-in. & 155-in.)
Max. payload (lb / kg)
Passenger van: 1722 / 781 2700 / 1224 (135-in.)
3461 / 1570 (135-in.)
3142 / 1425 (155-in.)
Cargo van: 2329 / 1057 3222 / 1461 (135-in.)
3009 / 1365 (155-in.)
4187 / 1899 (135-in.)
3992 / 1810 (155-in.)
Max. trailer towing (lb / kg)
Passenger: 6200 / 2812 9800 / 4445 9700 / 4400 (135-in. w/ 6.0L)
9900 / 4491 (135-in. w/ 6.6L)
9300 / 4218 (155-in. w/ 6.6L)
9700 / 4400 (155-in. w/ 6.6L)
Cargo: 6800 / 3084 10000 / 4538 (135-in. & 155-in.) 10000 / 4538 (135-in. w/ 6.0L)
10000 / 4538 (135-in. w/ 6.6L)
10000 / 4538 (155-in. w/ 6.0L)
10000 / 4538 (155-in. w/ 6.6L)
Maximum tongue weight: trailer tongue weight should be 10-15 percent of the total loaded trailer weight, up to 1,000 pounds (450 kg). Weight-carrying hitch limit on a 4,000-lb (1,814 kg) trailer is 400 pound (181-kg) tongue weight. Weight-distributing hitch and sway control required for greater than 4,000-pound (1,814-kg) trailer weight
Capacities
  4.3L V-6 4.8L V-8 6.0L V-8 Duramax 6.6L
Engine oil (qt / L): 4.5 / 4.2 6 / 5.6 6 / 5.6 10.4 / 9. 8
Cooling system (qt / L): 12.6 / 11.9 13.4 / 12.7 14.4 / 13.6 19.9 / 18.9*
Fuel tank (gal / L): 31 / 117 31 / 117 31 / 117 31 / 117
*Cooling capacity higher with fuel-operated heater.

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