Chevrolet started with a clean sheet of paper and launched the Chevy Van and Express as totally new models last year. After 25 years of riding on a unit body chassis, the new vans use body-on-frame construction. The rugged full ladder-type frame construction provides a rock-solid foundation that helps isolate passengers and cargo from road vibrations while reducing body roll in corners.
If a box can be called aerodynamic, then the new Chevys are aerodynamic. The new design is particularly eye-catching in the rear three-quarter view. The rear doors are cleverly designed so that when they are open the tail lights, mounted high on the rear corners, are visible to motorists approaching from behind, which enhances safety at night. Hidden hinges allow the rear doors to swing completely out of the way for loading large objects. Side doors can be ordered in either sliding or hinged form.
The heavy duty 4L80-E electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, which can handle up to 440 lb.-ft. of torque, comes standard on Chevy Van and Express models with a GVWR of 8,600 pounds or greater. The heavy duty transmission features a lower first gear for better off-the-line performance with heavy loads. This transmission has been refined for improved shifting out of park, increased efficiency and better lubrication.
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