2012 Chevrolet Express Cargo Van

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SPECIFICATIONS

Overview | Engine | Transmission | Chassis/Suspension | Brakes | Wheels/Tires | Dimensions | Capacities

Overview

Models:

Chevy Express, full-frame G-Series two-passenger cargo van

Body style / driveline:

RH sliding or swing-out 60/40 doors or optional LH swing-out 60/40 doors; front-engine, rear-wheel drive

Construction:

Full frame

EPA vehicle class:

Full-size van

Manufacturing location:

Wentzville, Mo.

Key competitors:

Ford E-Series, Ram/Freightliner Sprinter


Engines

 

4.3L V-6
(LU3)

4.8L V-8
(L20)

5.3L V-8
(LMF)

Type:

4.3L V-6

4.8L V-8

5.3L V-8

Displacement (cc / cu in):

4293 / 262

4807 / 294

5328 / 327

Bore & stroke (mm / in):

101.6 x 88 / 4.00 x 3.48

96 x 83 / 3.78 x 3.27

96 x 92 / 3.78 x 3.62

Block material:

Cast iron

Cast iron

Cast iron

Cylinder head material:

Cast iron

Cast aluminum

Cast aluminum

Valvetrain:

OHV, two valves per cylinder

OHV, two valves per cylinder

OHV, two valves per cylinder

Ignition system:

Composite distributor, platinum-tip spark plugs, low-resistance spark plug wires

Composite distributor, platinum-tip spark plugs, low-resistance spark plug wires

Electronic spark control, composite distributor, platinum-tip spark plugs

Fuel delivery:

Sequential fuel injection

Sequential fuel injection

Sequential fuel injection

Compression ratio:

9.2:1

9.5:1

9.5:1

Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):

195 / 145 @ 4600

280 / 208 @ 5200

310 / 224 @ 5200

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

260 / 353 @ 2800

296 / 396 @ 4600

334 / 439 @ 4500

Recommended unleaded fuel:

Regular unleaded

Regular unleaded or E85 (passenger or cargo only)

Regular unleaded or E85

Maximum engine speed (rpm):

5600

5600

5600

Emissions controls: Note: Full-body vans have three-way converters; Cutaways have dual converters

Three-way catalytic converter, exhaust gas recirculation, PCV, evaporative collection system

Three-way catalytic converter, exhaust gas recirculation, PCV, evaporative collection system

Three-way catalytic converter, exhaust gas recirculation, PCV, evaporative collection system

Estimated fuel consumption:

 

 

 

Mi/imp.gal (city / hwy / combined)

1500:
20 / 28 / 23

2500:
N/A
3500:
N/A

1500:
2WD:
17 / 25 / 20
AWD:
17 / 23 / 19
1500 Cargo Conversion
2WD:
17 / 24 / 19
AWD:
17 / 23 / 19

L/100km (city / hwy / combined)

1500:
14.1 / 10.1 / 12.3

2500:
N/A
3500:
N/A

1500:
2WD:
16.2 / 11.4 / 14.1
AWD:
16.5 / 12.1 /14.5
1500 Cargo Conversion
2WD:
16.8 / 11.9 / 14.6
AWD:
16.5 / 12.1 /14.5

 

Engines cont’d

 

6.0L V-8
(L96, LC8)

Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel
(LGH)

Type:

6.0L V-8

6.6L V-8

Displacement (cc / cu in):

5967 / 366

6599 / 403

Bore & stroke (mm / in):

101.6 x 92 / 4 x 3.62

103 x 99 / 4.06 x 3.90

Block material:

Cast iron

Cast iron

Cylinder head material:

Cast aluminum

Cast aluminum

Valvetrain:

OHV, two valves per cylinder

OHV, four valves per cylinder

Ignition system:

Coil near plug, platinum-tip spark plugs, low resistance spark plug wires

Fast-heating glow plugs

Fuel delivery:

Sequential fuel injection

Direct injection diesel with high-pressure common rail

Compression ratio:

9.4:1

16.0:1

Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):

323 / 241 @ 4600 – Gas
279/208@4700 - CNG

260 / 194 @ 3100

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

373 / 504 @ 4400– Gas
320/433@4400 -CNG

525 / 727 @ 1600

Recommended unleaded fuel:

Regular unleaded or E85 (passenger or cargo only)

Diesel B20 capable

Maximum engine speed (rpm):

5600

3450

Emissions controls: Note: Full-body vans have three-way converters; Cutaways have dual converters

Three-way catalytic converter, exhaust gas recirculation, PCV, evaporative collection system

Catalytic converter, exhaust gas recirculation; diesel particulate filter system (DPF), selective catalyst reduction (SCR)

Estimated fuel consumption:

 

 

Mi/imp.gal (city / hwy / combined)

2500: N/A
3500: N/A

2500: N/A
3500: N/A

L/100km (city / hwy / combined)

2500: N/A
3500: N/A

2500: N/A
3500: N/A


Transmissions

 

Hydra-Matic 4L60

Hydra-Matic 6L90 

Type:

Four-speed electronic automatic with overdrive and torque converter

Six-speed heavy-duty electronic automatic with overdrive and torque converter

Gear ratios (:1)

 

 

First:

3.06

4.03

Second:

1.63

2.36

Third:

1:00

1.53

Fourth:

0.67

1.15

Fifth:

--

0.85

Sixth:

--

0.67

Reverse:

2.29

3.06

Final drive ratio (:1):

3.42 std. with 4.3L, 4.8L and 5.3L; 3.73 opt. with 5.3L

3.42 std., 3.73 opt. (6.0L); 3.54 (6.6L)


Chassis / Suspension

 

G1500

G2500

G3500

 

 

(135-, 155-in. WB)

(135-, 155-in. WB)

Front:

Independent short/long arm (SLA) coil springs, 33-mm stabilizer bar

Independent short/long arm (SLA) coil springs, 35-mm stabilizer bar

Independent short/long arm (SLA) coil springs, 35-mm stabilizer bar

Rear:

Two-stage, semi-elliptic multi-leaf springs and semifloating rear axle

Two-stage, semi-elliptic multi-leaf springs and semifloating rear axle (depending on the GVW)

Two-stage, semi-elliptic multi-leaf springs and semifloating rear axle

Steering type (all models):

Power, rack and pinion

Integral power

Integral power

Steering ratio:

17.2:1

17.2:1

17.2:1

Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:

3

3

3

Turning circle, curb-to-curb (m / ft):

135-in WB:
13.2 / 43.4
155-in WB:

135-in WB:
15 / 49.2
155-in WB:
16.6 / 54.5

135-in WB:
15 / 49.2
155-in WB:
16.6 / 54.5


Brakes


Type:

G1500

G2500

G3500

 

Hydroboost four-wheel disc, four-wheel ABS with Dynamic Rear Proportioning

Hydroboost four-wheel disc, four-wheel ABS with Dynamic Rear Proportioning

Hydroboost four-wheel disc, four-wheel ABS with Dynamic Rear Proportioning

Rotor diameter x thick (mm / in)

front:
305 x 29 / 12 x 1.14
rear:
330 x 30 / 13 x 1.18

front:
325 x 38 / 12.8 x 1.5
rear:
330 x 29 / 13 x 1.14

front:
325 x 38 / 12.8 x 1.5
rear:
345 x 40 / 13.5 x 1.6

Total swept area (sq cm / sq in):

front:
1378 / 214
rear:
237 / 1526

front:
1584 / 245
rear:
237 / 1526

front:
1584 / 245
rear:
TBD


Wheels / Tires

 

G1500

G2500

G3500

 

 

(135-, 155-in WB)

(135-, 155-in WB)

Wheel size & type:

17-inch steel

16-inch steel

16-inch steel

Tires:

P245/70R17 all-season steel-belted radials

LT245/75R16E* all-season steel-belted radials

LT245/75R16E all-season steel-belted radials

 

*Standard on all G2500, except cargo van with 7,300-lb GVWR, which has a standard LT245/75R16E


Dimensions

Exterior

 

G1500 Regular

G2500 Regular

G3500 Regular

G3500 Extended

Wheelbase (mm / in):

3434 / 135

3434 / 135

3434 / 135

3940 / 155

Overall length (mm / in):

5696 / 224

5696 / 224

5698 / 224

6188 / 244

Overall width (mm / in):

2012 / 79.2

2012 / 79.2

2012 / 79.2

2012 / 79.2

Overall height (mm / in):

2126 / 83.7

2071 / 81.5

2071 / 81.

2108 / 82.8

Track (mm / in):

front:
1730 / 68.1
rear:
1719 / 67.7

front:
1730 / 68.1
rear:
1719 / 67.7

front:
1730 / 68.1
rear:
1719 / 67.7

front:
1730 / 68.1
rear:
1719 / 67.7

Min. ground clearance (mm / in):

front:
202 / 8
rear:
188 / 7.4

front:
207 / 8.2
rear:
180 / 7.1

front:
279 / 11.0
rear:
180 / 7.1

front:
223 / 8.8
rear:
195 / 7.7

Ground to top of rear load floor (mm / in):

Cargo:
721 / 28.

Cargo:
637 / 25.1

Cargo:
705 / 27.8

Cargo:
707 / 27.8

Step-in height (mm / in) - to step assist foot well:

Cargo, front door:
519 / 20.4
Cargo, side door:
524 / 20.6

Cargo, front door:
515 / 20.3
Cargo, side door:
428 / 20.8

Cargo, front door:
515 / 20.3
Cargo, side door:
428 / 20.8

Cargo, front door:
515 / 20.3
Cargo, side door:
428 / 20.8

Curb weight (kg / lb):

Cargo:
2329 / 4919

Cargo:
2416 / 5326

Cargo:
2432 / 5362

Cargo:
2520 / 5557

 

Interior

 

G1500 Regular

G2500 Regular

G3500 Regular

G3500 Extended

Seating capacity (std / opt)

 

 

 

 

Cargo van:

2 / 1

2 / 1

2 / 1

2 / 1

Headroom (mm / in)

 

 

 

 

Front row

1013 / 39.8

1013 / 39.8

1013 / 39.8

1013 / 39.8

Middle (first row):

976 / 38.4

976 / 38.4

976 / 38.4

976 / 38.4

Middle (second row):

978 / 38.5

978 / 38.5

978 / 38.5

978 / 38.5

Rear (12-pass):

973 / 37.6

973 / 37.6

973 / 37.6

Rear (15-pass):

954 / 37.6

Legroom (mm / in)

 

 

 

 

Front: 1050 / 41.3

1050 / 41.3

1050 / 41.3

1050 / 41.3

Middle (first row):

922 / 36.3

922 / 36.3

922 / 36.3

922 / 36.3

Middle (second row):

929 / 36.6

929 / 36.6

929 / 36.6

929 / 36.6

Rear (12-pass):

929 / 36.6

929 / 36.6

929 / 36.6

Rear (15-pass):

866 / 34.1

Shoulder room (mm / in)

 

 

 

 

Front:

1749 / 68.8

1749 / 68.8

1749 / 68.8

1749 / 68.8

Middle (first row):

1742 / 68.6

1742 / 68.6

1742 / 68.6

1742 / 68.6

Middle (second row):

1670 / 65.8

1670 / 65.8

1670 / 65.8

1670 / 65.8

Rear (12-pass):

1755 / 69.1

1755 / 69.1

1755 / 69.1

Rear (15-pass):

1597 / 62.9

Hip room (mm / in)

 

 

 

 

Front:

1663 / 65.5

1663 / 65.5

1663 / 65.5

1663 / 65.5

Middle (first row):

1667 / 65.6

1667 / 65.6

1667 / 65.6

1667 / 65.6

Middle (second row):

1607 / 63.3

1607 / 63.3

1607 / 63.3

1607 / 63.3

Rear (12-pass):

1668 / 65.7

1668 / 65.7

1668 / 65.7

Rear (15-pass):

1597 / 62.87

Cargo volume (cu ft / litres)

Behind front seat: (Cargo)
6787 / 239.7

Behind front seat: (Cargo)
6787 / 239.7

Behind front seat: (Cargo)
6787 / 239.7

Behind front seat: (Cargo)
8054.3 / 284.4

Width between wheelhousings (mm / in)

Cargo:
1338 / 52.7

Cargo:
1338 / 52.7

Cargo:
1338 / 52.7

Cargo:
1338 / 52.7

Load floor length (mm / in)

Behind 1st row seat, Cargo:
3165 / 124.

Behind 1st row seat, Cargo:
3165 / 124.

Behind 1st row seat, Cargo:
3165 / 124.

Behind 1st row seat, Cargo:
3713 / 146.2

Interior height (mm / in)

Cargo:
1344 / 52.9

Cargo:
1344 / 52.9

Cargo:
1344 / 52.9

Cargo:
1358 / 53.4

 

Weight and towing ratings

 

G1500 (135-in. WB)

G2500 (135-in & 155-in. WB)

G3500 (135-in. & 155-in. WB)

Max. GVWR (kg / lb)

Cargo van:
3311 / 7300

Cargo van:
3901 / 8600
(135-in. & 155-in)

Cargo van:
4354 / 9600 (w/ 6.0L)
4354 / 9600 (w/ 6.6L)
(135-in. & 155-in.)

Max. payload (kg / lb)

Cargo van:
1057 / 2329

Cargo van:
1461 / 3222 (135-in.)
1365 / 3009 (155-in.)

Cargo van:
1899 / 4187 (135-in.)
1810 / 3992 (155-in.)

Max. trailer towing (kg / lb)

Cargo:
3084 / 6800

4538 / 10000 (135-in. & 155-in.)

Cargo:
4538 / 10000 (135-in. w/ 6.0L)
4538 / 10000 (135-in. w/ 6.6L)
4538 / 10000 (155-in. w/ 6.0L)
4538 / 10000 (155-in. w/ 6.6L)

Maximum tongue weight:

Trailer tongue weight should be 10-15 percent of the total loaded trailer weight, up to 1,000 pounds (450 kg). Weight-carrying hitch limit on a 4,000-lb (1,814 kg) trailer is 400 pound (181-kg) tongue weight. Weight-distributing hitch and sway control required for greater than 4,000-pound (1,814-kg) trailer weight


Capacities

 

4.3L V-6

4.8L V-8

6.0L V-8

Duramax 6.6L

Fuel tank (L / imp.gal):

117 / 25.73

117 / 25.73

117 / 25.73

117 / 25.73

 

*Cooling capacity higher with fuel-operated heater.

Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.

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