Professionals and commercial operations like plumbers, electricians, delivery drivers, installation technicians, and shuttle services that rely on transportation to conduct their business will find everything they need and plenty more on the 2021 Chevrolet Express Van. Carrying the Chevrolet badge of reliability and capability, the Express Van offers plenty of options for businesses that require transportation between job sites or places like hotels and airports that need to shuttle guests and passengers from point A to point B. The Express Van can meet all these needs with ease.
The Chevrolet Express Van has been on the road since 1996 and has seen a few upgrades over the last two decades that paved the way for the newest model. Today, the van boasts a spacious interior cabin that’s customizable to meet various needs depending on its use. The standard wheelbase is ideal for hauling equipment and other cargo, while the extended wheelbase transforms the cargo space into a passenger van capable of hauling up to 15 passengers.
While many commercial vans are criticized for their poor handling and performance, that isn’t the case with the 2021 Express Van. Chevrolet gives drivers three powertrain options that deliver a wide range of towing and payload capacities. Between these powertrain options, the available trims, and the technology and safety features, it’s no surprise why the Chevrolet Express Van is a favorite among business owners and professionals who need reliable transportation to get the job done.
The 2021 Express Van is available in two models, the 2500 or the 3500, as either a Cargo Van with a 135-in wheelbase or a Passenger Van with a 155-in wheelbase. Drivers who need only the basics to transport tools and equipment will find both the 2500 and 3500 Cargo Vans are affordably priced. The Express Van starts at $32,500 and includes all the basics you need to get the job done. Both Cargo Van models (2500 and 3500) come standard with an AM/FM stereo, air conditioner, power door locks and windows, a rear vision camera, and a Driver Information Center.
For businesses or professionals who need to haul passengers, Chevrolet offers two options: the 2500 Passenger Van and the 3500 Passenger Van. Both the 2500 and 3500 models come standard with 12-passenger seating on the regular wheelbase and 15-passenger seating on the extended 155-in wheelbase. The models also include front and rear air conditioning, 12-volt and 120-volt power outlets, an AM/FM stereo, cruise control, interior lighting, power doors and windows, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, the Driver Confidence Package, and the Power Convenience Package.
Chevrolet offers three powertrain options on the 2021 Express Van. The Express 2500 and Express 3500 Cargo and Passenger Vans come standard with a 4.3-liter V6 direct-injection engine with variable valve timing. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission that delivers 276 horsepower and 298 lb-ft of torque with a maximum towing capability of 7,400 pounds. Drivers looking for more power can upgrade to the 6.6-liter V8 direct-injection engine with variable valve timing. Paired with a 6-speed heavy-duty automatic transmission, this powertrain delivers 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque that increases the Express’s trailering capacity to an impressive 10,000 pounds.
Chevrolet didn’t forget diesel lovers and added the 2.8-liter four-cylinder Duramax Turbo Diesel to the powertrain lineup. Available on both the Express 2500 and Express 3500 Cargo and Passenger Vans, the diesel engine is the most efficient, with its 8-speed automatic transmission producing 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. With this pairing, the Express can tow up to 7,000 pounds.
These powertrain options are part of what makes the Express Van an attractive option for businesses and professionals who need to haul everything from electrical or plumbing equipment to cargo, delivery packages, and passengers. Depending on the configuration, the Express can do it all. The Express 2500 has a gross combination weight rating of up to 16,000 pounds and a gross vehicle weight rating of 8,600 pounds. The 2500 Cargo Van has a maximum payload capacity of 3,280 pounds, and the 2500 Passenger Van has a maximum payload capacity of 2,550 pounds.
When opting for the beefier 3500 Express Van, the Cargo and Passenger Vans continue to deliver with the same gross combination weight rating as the 2500 at 16,000 pounds. The gross vehicle weight rating stretches higher than the 2500 to 9,900 pounds. That increase continues with the 3500 Cargo Van capable of hauling up to 4,280 pounds and the 3500 Passenger Van offering a maximum payload of 3,540 pounds. This ensures that drivers don’t have to think twice about the Express’s capability, whether hauling people and equipment or towing a trailer.
The Chevrolet Express Van is tailored to commercial needs, which is why you won’t find the same connectivity features as you see in Chevrolet’s regular lineup of cars, trucks, and SUVs. Designed for business use, the Express Van comes equipped with a USB port, two auxiliary outlets, and a 120-volt power outlet so that drivers and passengers can easily charge their devices. Chevrolet adds to this connectivity by making both the 2500 and 3500 models into 4G LTE compatible Wi-Fi hotspots to create a mobile workstation that keeps drivers connected even when they’re on the road.
Business owners and professionals who are looking for further connectivity have several upgrade options. The Communications bundle adds Bluetooth connectivity as well as a CD player and SiriusXM satellite radio. Other upgrades include a 6.5-in color touchscreen display that offers a variety of in-vehicle apps as well as Chevrolet’s optional navigation system.
Beyond the suite of connectivity features, the Express Van’s technology extends to its safety suite. The 2500 and 3500 models come standard with a rear vision camera that gives drivers a clear view of the rear of the vehicle. This is especially helpful when backing the van into or out of a parking space in a busy area. The Express also comes standard with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System that monitors the tire pressure and alerts the driver if the pressure is too low and it is unsafe to drive. This helps extend the life of the tires as well as prevent accidents caused by hazardous driving conditions.
Chevrolet offers several safety upgrades like Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, and Rear Park Assist. While the rear vision camera is a great feature, Rear Park Assist goes a step further by detecting objects behind the vehicle and providing distance alerts when the van is approaching an object or vehicle. Chevrolet’s Forward Collision Alert works similarly at the front of the van and alerts drivers of tailgating as well as potential front-end collisions. The Lane Departure Warning alerts drivers when the van unintentionally drifts from its lane without using a turn signal, while the Side Blind Zone Alert notifies the driver when a moving vehicle is in the van’s blind spot to prevent a potential collision when changing lanes.
Between the connectivity and safety features, the 2021 Express Van gives commercial drivers plenty of standard tools and available upgrades. The connectivity features transform the van into a mobile workstation while the safety suite ensures the safety of the driver and passengers. Together, these features not only reflect Chevrolet’s commitment to offering the latest technology, but they also explain why the Express Van is a sound choice for professionals who need safe and reliable transportation to conduct their business.