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Chevrolet Express

Chevrolet Express (United States of America, 2003-present)

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In 2003 the second generation Express was launched with updated sheetmetal and new LS engines.

In 2004 Stability Control (Stabilitrak) was added and in 2008 the interior was updated. The latest update was a new Duramax diesel engine for 2011.

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Variants and trims

The second generation Chevrolet Express is available in regular (135-inch / 3,429-mm) and extended (155-inch / 3,937-mm) wheelbase lengths, and can accommodate eight, 12 or 15 people.

The 1500 Series vans include light-duty models rated at 7,300 pounds (3,311 kg) GVWR. The 2500 Series includes heavy-duty models rated at 8,600 pounds (3,901 kg) GVWR. The heavy-duty 3500 Series includes full-bodied cargo/passenger vans rated at 9,600 pounds (4,354 kg) GVWR with the 6.0L gas V-8 and 9,900 pounds (4,490 kg) with the Duramax 6.6L diesel.

Passenger models are offered in LS and LT trim levels.

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Design and equippment


A chrome appearance package is standard on LT models and available on LS. It includes chrome front and rear bumpers and chrome grille with dual composite headlamps. Black-painted bumpers are standard on LS. Swing-out 60/40-split passenger-side doors and a sliding passenger-side door are standard on all models.

Sixteen-inch steel wheels are standard on three-quarter ton and one-ton models, while seventeen- steel wheels are standard on half-ton models and 17-inch aluminum wheels are available.

The exterior colors include: Sandstone Metallic, Graystone Metallic, Dark Blue Metallic, Black, Dark Green Metallic, Summit White, Victory Red, Wheatland Yellow and Sheer Silver Metallic.


Air conditioning (single-zone) is standard on all models, while rear air conditioning is standard on LT models and available on LS. An AM/FM stereo is standard.

Child seat anchors are standard on LS and LT models and include four anchors and two tethers. 

A driver information center is standard on all models. A compass and outside temperature features are available.

A rear auxiliary heater is standard on LT models and available on LS. Auxiliary 12-volt power outlets (two) are standard on all models and are located on the interior engine cover.

Remote keyless entry is standard on LT and available on LS and a remove vehicle starter system is available on all models. Power windows are standard on LT and available on LS.

LS and LT passenger-model seating is offered in eight-passenger, 12-passenger and 15-passenger configurations.

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Engines, transmissions and performance

Chevrolet Express offers a choice of four engines.

The Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 is offered in some Express models. Known by its “LGH” engine code, it is rated at 260 horsepower (194 kW) and 525 lb.-ft. of torque (711 Nm). Introduced for 2011, this updated Duramax is more fuel-efficient. The Duramax also includes GM’s second-generation diesel particulate filter system. It is backed by GM’s Hydra-Matic 6L90 heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission.

Standard on 2500 passenger and cargo vans is a 4.8L V-8 at 279 horsepower (208 kW) and 294 lb.-ft. of torque (398 Nm).

G1500 and H1500 passenger models and H1500 cargo and conversion models, are powered by the 5.3L V-8. It delivers 310 horsepower (231 kW) and 334 lb.-ft. of torque (453 Nm).

A FlexFuel E85 version of the 5.3L V-8 is available. It delivers the same horsepower and torque as its gasoline counterpart, while running on E85 ethanol fuel or a mixture of E85 and gasoline.

Those seeking more power can opt for the 6.0L V-8. It delivers 323 horsepower (241 kW) and 373 lb.-ft. of torque (505 Nm), and for 2011 features a fast-idle option.

The 4.8L, 5.3L and 6.0L engines are part of GM’s Gen IV small-block V-8 engine family.

Models equipped with 4.8L and 5.3L engines are matched with the Hydra-Matic 4L60 four-speed automatic transmission.

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Chassis and suspension

The Express is built on a ladder-type full frame architecture. The frame features fully boxed sections for greater strength and rigidity, while extended and tapered front frame rails are used for improved crashworthiness. Additional tubular frame cross members are used to increase torsional stiffness.

All models feature an independent short-long arm (SLA) front suspension. A 33mm front stabilizer bar is featured on 1500-series models and a 35mm bar is used on 2500 and 3500 models. Two-stage semi-elliptic multi-leaf springs are used in the rear suspension and help locate a semi-floating axle.

Additional chassis and suspension features include: Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering is featured on 1500 models. Hydroboost four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and dynamic rear proportioning are standard on all models. StabiliTrak electronic stability control is standard on all models.

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The second generation Express is equipped with a number of safety features, including head curtain side air bags. They’re standard on all passenger vans and provide a higher level of protection in the event of a side impact or a vehicle rollover. Also standard on 12- and 15-passenger models is Enhanced Technology Glass (ETG) for occupant retention.

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