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Chevy Express Van Diesel

The Express Passenger Van is the commercial passenger version of Chevy's very popular Express WT work and cargo van. Like the Express WT, the passenger van is available with a Duramax 6.6 liter V8 clean diesel engine.

Chevy Express Diesel
Chevy Express Diesel

The Duramax 6.6 liter V8 is General Motors' powerful new clean diesel engine. It is currently being used in the Chevy Silverado pickup trucks and the GMC Sierra and Sierra Denali Pickup Trucks in addition to the Express WT and Express Passenger Vans.

The Duramax can give a vehicle up to 11-percent more fuel efficiency. It can also generate up to 260 horsepower.Fuel mileage ratings for the Duramax equipped Chevy Express Passenger Van are in the 20 mpg highway range.

A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard on the Express. The Express is available in both rear wheel all-wheel drive versions.

A Basic Passenger Hauler or Construction Vehicle

The Chevy Express Passenger Van is designed as a commercial passenger hauler or construction vehicle. It can carry up to 15 passengers and a full load cargo. It is widely used as an airport and hotel shuttle vehicle. It is also used at many construction sites.

Chevy states that the Express Passenger Van is available in 14 different trims. The reason there are so many trims is that most buyers will order a custom version of this vehicle. The Express Passenger Van does come with many of the standard options available on other Chevy commercial vehicles.

The standard model has sliding doors with power locks and windows. Standard luxury features for the driver include a tilting steering wheel and cruise control. Heating and air conditioning in the passenger compartment are now standard as well.

The Express Passenger Van does offer a few good options. All Chevy passenger vans now come with a driver information center and six months of free OnStar. OnStar is Chevy's exclusive satellite network that offers navigation help, roadside assistance, directions and vehicle diagnostics. The standard passenger van package also includes a driver information center that offers computerized reports on fuel usage, oil life and engine hours.

Optional electronics available for the Express Passenger Van include a Chevorlet WiFi connection. This converts the van into a wireless hotspot so that passengers can use laptops, tablets and other devices while riding in it. A Bluetooth Wireless Connection, a USB port for MP3 players and XM satellite radio are also available. OnStar Turn by Turn Navigation is also available.

The handiest option available for the Express Passenger Van appears to be the Express Access Package. The Access Package allows a driver to open the side and rear doors via remote control. This allows faster loading of the van. The passengers could get onboard while the driver was loading their luggage.

The Express would only be a good choice for a person or organization that needed to haul a large number of passengers on a regular basis. It's also a good choice for those doing construction work who need to carry tools with them to different sites. Average consumers would be better served by a diesel Crossover or an SUV.

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