With the success of the Ford Transit Connect and more models coming, General Motors decided it wanted an entry in the small but growing compact-van segment. The seemingly obvious answer would be to bring over one of its Opel models. The rub is, the Opel small van sold in Europe is based on the Fiat Doblo, which itself will be the basis for the upcoming Ram ProMaster City. Awkward… Fortunately, Nissan was open to the idea of a partnership, and had spare capacity at its Cuernavaca, Mexico, plant to build a few extra vans. So, voila, problem solved, and how the 2015 Chevrolet City Express came to be.
If the City Express looks familiar, that's because it's for all intents and purposes identical to the Nissan NV200, which has been on sale since 2013. That means the same 115.2-inch wheelbase, 186.3-inch length, 122.7-cubic-foot cargo volume, and 131-hp 2.0-liter I-4 and CVT automatic transmission. Unlike the Ford Transit Connect, which for 2014 will be offered in two lengths, with the choice of two powertrains, and two-, five-, or seven-passenger configurations with the choice of a upward-swinging rear hatch or side-hinged "barn doors," the City Express comes in one configuration: two-seat cargo van with rear barn doors. Buyers do get a choice between entry LS and "upscale" LT trims. All City Express models get power windows, with Bluetooth handsfree calling rearview camera and navigation optional as part of the LT Technology package.
Pricing for the 2015 Chevrolet City Express has not yet been announced, but the NV200 currently starts at $21,100 including $860 destination and handling. Expect starting prices for the City Express to be within a few hundred of that total.