Chevrolet Express Cutaway Van - 2015

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New for 2015

  • Digital AM/FM radio with auxiliary port
  • Digital AM/FM with USB and auxiliary port
  • Standard 110-volt power outlet
  • Standard side-cut keys
  • Exterior colors: Red Hot and Rainforest Green Metallic

Product Information


The Chevrolet Express Cutaway van is known by customers and upfitters alike for the flexibility and durability of its three available wheelbases, single or dual rear wheels and three engine choices – including the powerful Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel.

For 2015, the Express Cutaway continues to provide options for a variety of uses, and introduces a few new items, including two new exterior color choices: Red Hot and Rainforest Green Metallic.

Additionally for 2015, the Express features a 9,900 pounds GVWR (4,490 kg) with the 159-inch wheelbase, along with higher GVWRs on 3500 models, including 10,050 pounds (4,559 kg) and 10,100 pounds (4,581 kg) and 12,300 pounds (5,591kg). The 4500 models have a maximum GVWR of 14,200 pounds (6,441 kg).

Additional highlights:

  • 139-inch, 159-inch and 177-inch wheelbases
  • 4.8L and 6.0L gas V-8s with six-speed automatic transmission
  • Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel V-8 with six-speed automatic transmission
  • Dedicated liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) package (4500 models with 6.0L)
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with antilock
  • Available locking rear differential (standard with YF2-code ambulance package)
  • Available OnStar with Turn-by-Turn navigation.
  • Side-cut keys
  • 110-volt outlet on the instrument panel
  • New Digital Radios with USB and CD.

Special-equipment packages also are available for ambulance, RV, shuttle bus and school bus construction.

Express Cutaway exterior features:

  • A chrome appearance package including a chrome front bumper and a chrome grille with dual composite headlamps is available. Black-painted bumpers are standard
  • Heavy-duty light-emitting diode flashers are standard
  • Heated and power-adjustable outside folding mirrors are available on 3500 models
  • Wide-stance sail-panel-mounted outside mirrors are available
  • Sixteen-inch steel wheels are standard
  • Dual rear wheels are standard on 4500 models and available on 3500 models
  • Exterior colors: Silver Ice Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic, Dark Blue Metallic, Black, Rainforest Green Metallic, Summit White, Red Hot, Wheatland Yellow and Brownstone Metallic.

Express interior features:

  • Air conditioning is standard (air conditioning delete is available)
  • Cruise control, power windows and power locks are available
  • A range of digital audio systems, including CD/MP3 capability, USB port and navigation, is available on all models. An audio system provision package is standard
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is available
  • Driver information center is standard on all models
  • Brake warning indicator is available
  • Two auxiliary 12-volt power outlets located on the dash are standard
  • 110-volt outlet standard on dash
  • Side cut keys
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel is available
  • Remote keyless entry is available
  • Remote vehicle starter system is available.

Express powertrains – 6.6L Duramax diesel
The powerful Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 is offered in Express Cutaway, delivering best-in-class torque and horsepower. Known by its “LGH” engine code, it is rated at 260 horsepower (194 kW) and 525 lb-ft of torque (711 Nm).

The LGH Duramax employs a robust EGR cooling system, along with revised turbocharger tuning that helps enhance EGR performance. It also has a large-capacity selective catalytic reduction system. In fact, the engine features the latest in emission control technology, making it the cleanest Duramax engine ever produced. NOx emissions are controlled via a Selective Catalyst Reduction aftertreatment system that uses urea-based Diesel (Emission) Exhaust Fluid (DEF). The DEF is housed in a 5.83-gallon (20 L) tank and needs to be replenished about every 5,000 miles (8,000 km). Electrically heated lines feed the DEF to the emission system to ensure adequate delivery in cold weather.

The Duramax also includes GM’s second-generation diesel particulate filter system. Unlike most competitors’ systems, the Duramax regenerates its diesel particulate filter using a downstream injection of diesel fuel directly into the exhaust stream and can travel up to 700 miles (1,125 km) between regenerations – a 300-mile (482 km) increase over the previous Duramax engine. The use of downstream injection also helps improve engine life by eliminating concerns about the possibility of diesel fuel contaminating engine oil, which can happen when fuel used for regeneration is introduced directly into the cylinder. 

Express Cutaway also provides outstanding cold-weather performance, thanks to the Duramax’s microprocessor-controlled glow plugs, which are capable of a gas engine-like start performance in less than three seconds in temperatures as low as -20 degrees F (-29 o C), without a block heater. The engine has been developed to operate for at least 200,000 miles (322,000 km) on a rough-duty cycle without the need for a major overhaul. It is also backed with a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

A fuel-operated heater (FOH) is available for vans equipped with the Duramax 6.6L to quickly provide heat to the vehicle interior in cold weather. This seamlessly integrated system is designed into the Express chassis, saving customers the time and labor of upfitting an aftermarket system. The electronically controlled, fuel-operated heater operates automatically, turning on and off within parameters that include outside air temperature, fuel level, coolant temperature and engine use. It features a self-contained, pressurized auxiliary coolant heater (with a surge tank) that uses diesel fuel to generate up to 17,200 Btu/h (5 kW) of heating energy.

The Duramax engine is backed by GM’s Hydra-Matic 6L90 heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission featuring Tow/Haul mode.

Gas engines
A 4.8L V-8 is standard on 3500 models and generates 285 horsepower (212 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (398 Nm), while a 6.0L V-8, available in a flex fuel configuration, is standard on 4500 models and available on other models. It is rated at 342 horsepower (255 kW) and 373 lb-ft of torque (506 Nm). The 6.0L is also offered in a special version – engine code LC8 – with hardened valve seats for an available Dedicated Liquefied Petroleum Gas model (4500 models). 

Each is part of GM’s legendary small-block engine family and designed for quiet operation, including:

  • Special friction-reducing polymer coating on piston skirts
  • Full-floating piston pins
  • Damping patch on the oil pan (externally mounted)
  • Timing chain tensioner
  • Quieter alternator.

Backing the engines’ quietness is the assurance of long-lasting performance. The engine family was validated under extreme conditions, with the 6.0L engine dynamometer-tested to the equivalent of 200,000 miles – 50,000 miles more than other engines in the family. The engines also feature many long-life engine components that can reduce maintenance intervals and costs. The iridium-tip spark plugs, engine coolant, accessory drive belt and sealing gaskets are some of these items.

Some of the stringent durability testing included cycling engines between the peak torque and peak horsepower rpm points – the equivalent of towing a heavy trailer up a steep grade – for 600 straight hours.

The engines are mated to the Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic transmission.

Additional powertrain special features include:

  • Dual 145-amp alternators are available
  • 160-amp alternators are available
  • 600-CCA battery is standard with 6.0L engine; 770-CCA battery is available
  • Dual heavy-duty 770-CCA batteries are standard with Duramax-equipped models
  • Fuel-operated auxiliary heat generator is available with Duramax-equipped models
  • Cold-climate package with engine block heater is available on all models
  • High-idle switch for greater accessory performance at a job site is available on all models
  • Oil life monitor is standard on all models
  • Transmission cooler is standard on all models.

Chassis and suspension
Cutaway models are built on a strong, ladder-type full frame architecture. Varying frame sections support the 139-inch, 159-inch and 177-inch wheelbases. Soft-mount body-mount “donuts” and bolts, which attach upfit bodies to the chassis, are available on all models.

All Cutaway models feature an independent short-long arm (SLA) front suspension, power steering and four-wheel disc brakes with four-wheel antilock. At the rear is a hypoid drive axle and multi-leaf springs.

Additional chassis and suspension features include:

  • A locking rear differential is available on all models
  • Fuel tank configurations with three- or four tanks are available on 4500 with 6.0L and LPG package
  • Axle ratios include: 3.42, 3.54, 3.73 and 4.10.

2015 Chevrolet Express Cutaway

The Chevrolet Express Cutaway is available in three wheelbases, single or dual rear wheels and three engine choices – including the powerful Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel.


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