The 2017 Chevrolet Express is looking to revive the market for the full-size van segment. You really do not get much of those in recent times and they certainly are a necessity and people are looking for these kinds of models as they are useful for various kinds of jobs. But it seems that in recent years they have managed to skip the amount of updates that cars like the Ford F-150 or Chevrolet Silverado have been getting, leaving such model as the Express down in the dirt.
The Express actually hold a 44% market share currently for this segment but with the rivals the likes of Mercedes Sprinter, Nissan NV and RAM CV getting their updates or announced to receive them, the Chevrolet company had no choice but to start remodeling their prize vehicle. Since there was not need to update or bring in innovations there were not many of them planned but now as the market is gearing up to them it is become a paramount obligation on their part.
Even with the pressure caused by the aforementioned vehicles in the segment and the much more pricier pickup truck, the Ford Transit Connect version, the Chevrolet Express managed to rack up a sale of 77.000 model last year. But they still want to maintain their hold and keep their van as the top seller in the field and thus comes the 2017 update.
The Chevrolet Express has been around for years and is considered a veteran and its usability and utility is only surpassed by its comforts. With the newest update we can get many new options and the car is going to allow many customizability, with the mechanical updates for the engines and the availability of them, cargo space setup, passengers positioning multiple wheelbase options and many more. Not to mention that the 2017 Chevrolet Express is pretty affordable and has a price which you will appreciate by far.
The 2017 Chevrolet Express is going to get only a few updates for its exterior. In fact it is a pretty familiar setup with a design which has aged mostly well and looks still decent even for a much more modern market than it was originally built for. It adds flowing lines on the side body and there is a strong horizontal bulge running the length of the car. The taillights still have grey plastic shroud, but the updates are much more apparent on the LT models. There you will see the re-styled dual-composite headlamps shaping the front end of the car and LS model is going to use the sub-par single lamp squares that are offered as standard but should have used an update.
They also tampered a bit with the nose part which has perhaps all but ruined with the latest update. This kind of a fixed the problem but style-wise it could still use an upgrade and can be a lot better. The unlearns proportions almost ruined the car’s appearance before and this time they are a little bit better but they still push the engine all the way back just above the front axels but luckily they do not let it tamper with the interior spacing of the car.
The interior of the 2017 Chevrolet Express has been extensively upgraded compared to the outside. They have concentrated mostly in revising the inside bringing in a much sound deadening environment with even more functionality inside. The Express offers standard wheelbase choices of 2-, 8- or 12-seat formats, and there is also the 3500 which can add 15 people all at once. The step-in height in the rear end of the car is still pretty high and allows you to move with ease Also there are interior back seat belt mounts within the seatback itself which allows them to be removed whenever you want resulting in much better movability and easier use.
The dashboard is made out of hard plastic and adds a lot storage spaces and cup holders for you to use. The seats are offered in two types as you can chose between vinyl or cloth upholsteries and you can have them in two offered colors, Neutral and Medium Pewter. The power windows and doors are offered as standard and there are going to be two types of rear passenger doors as you can chose between sliding or swing-out doors on the passenger side of the van. To allow better passenger comfort the only available feature is the added A/C, which is going to be only available for the LT models. As for the cargo space, the standard offer is 216 cubic-feet, while the Extended 3500 model can extend to 253 cubic feet of space.
The big news about the 2017 Chevrolet Express is that the last base model engine is going to be replaced by a new one. This time the base version is going to be the 4.8-liter V-8 engine while the 6.0-liter gasoline V-8s is also available. The Express 3500 Extended Wheelbase version on the other hand is going to come with a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V-8 option while AWD comes with a 5.3-liter V-8 and four-speed automatic transmission. You get a standard ABS system as before and a Dynamic Rear Proportioning combined with it as well. Also the important factor for the 2017 Chevrolet Express is going to be its hauling ability and this time it could take in a load of 9,700 pounds max.
Release date and price
Maybe not the most flashy releases of the year, but the 2017 Chevrolet Express is going to be available next year. The release date is scheduled for the first quarter of the year and all the trim levels and added packages additions will become available instantly. The price for the standard version is $25,320 base MSRP while the highest offer stands at $46,970.