2012 Chevrolet Express Cargo

IT ISN'T JUST A VAN - it's how you work.

And you work with the right tools for the job. Express Cargo Van offers an unmatched selection of engines, ranging from the fuel-efficient Vortec® 4.3L V6 with an EPA estimated 20 MPG highway to an extensive lineup of Vortec V8 powerplants-all the way up to the Duramax® 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8, the most powerful diesel in its class. A standard Hydra-Matic® 6-speed automatic transmission on 2500 and 3500 models includes Tap-Up/Tap-Down driver shift control and auto grade braking. These vans stay on the road and ease the burden of carrying your cargo.

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Specifications

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CARGO VAN MODELS

1500 (RWD and AWD)
2500/2500 EXT (RWD)
3500/3500 EXT (RWD)

EPA ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY IN MPG

  1500
RWD
VORTEC
4.3L V6
1500
RWD
VORTEC
5.3L V8
1500
AWD
VORTEC
5.3L V8
City/highway (gasoline) 15/20 13/18 13/17
City/highway (E85 FlexFuel)1 Not Available 10/13 10/13

MAXIMUM CAPACITIES

  1500
RWD/AWD
2500
Reg./Ext.
3500
Reg./Ext.
Cargo volume(cu. ft.)2 239.7 239.7/284.4 239.7/284.4
GVWR (lbs.)3 7,300 8,600 9,600/9,900
Payload (lbs.)4 2,329/2,000 3,222/2,999 4,187/3,992
Fuel tank (gal. approx.) 31 31 31
Seating capacity 2 2 2

CUTAWAY VAN MODELS

139-Inch Wheelbase
159-Inch Wheelbase
177-Inch Wheelbase

CAPACITIES

  139-INCH
WHEELBASE
159-INCH
WHEELBASE
177-INCH
WHEELBASE
Maximum GVWR (lbs.)3 12,300 14,200 12,300
Base GVWR (lbs.)3 9,900 10,000 12,300
Base Payload (lbs.)4 5,352 5,006 7,210
Fuel tank (gal. approx.) 33 33 33
Seating capacity 2 2 2

EXTERIOR FEATURES

  Cargo 3500 Cutaway 4500 Cutaway
Doors: driver-side 60/40 swing-out (requires regular wheelbase; not available with Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 engine) Optional Not Available Not Available
Doors: dual rear-load Standard Not Available Not Available
Door: passenger-side sliding (not available with driver-side 60/40 swing-out door) Optional Not Available Not Available
Doors: passenger-side swing-out Standard Not Available Not Available

ENGINE/CHASSIS FEATURES

  Cargo 3500 Cutaway 4500 Cutaway
Dedicated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) System (complete vehicle and system-ready)5 Optional Not Available Not Available
Differential: automatic locking rear Optional Optional Optional
Engine: Vortec 4.3L V6, 195 hp, 260 lb.-ft. of torque (standard on 1500 RWD) Standard Not Available Not Available
Engine: Vortec 4.8L V8, 280 hp, 295 lb.-ft. of torque (models less than 10,000 lbs. GVWR) Not Available Standard Not Available
Engine: Vortec 4.8L FlexFuel1 V8, 280 hp, 295 lb.-ft. of torque (2500 and 3500) Standard Not Available Not Available
Engine: Vortec 5.3L FlexFuel1 V8, 310 hp, 334 lb.-ft. of torque (available on 1500; standard in 1500 AWD) Optional Not Available Not Available
Engine: 6.0L V8 SFI Gaseous, with hardened value seats6 Optional Not Available Not Available
Engine: Vortec 6.0L V8, 323 hp, 373 lb.-ft. of torque Not Available Optional Standard
Engine: Vortec 6.0L FlexFuel1 V8, 323 hp, 373 lb.-ft. of torque (not available on 1500 Cargo Van) Optional Not Available Not Available
Engine: Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8, 260 hp, 525 lb.-ft. of torque (not available on 1500 Cargo Van) Optional Optional Optional
Trailering equipment: heavy-duty, with trailer hitch platform, seven-lead trailer wiring harness and seven-pin sealed connector Optional Not Available Not Available
Transfer case: All-Wheel-Drive (1500 AWD) Optional Not Available Not Available
Transmission: Hydra-Matic four-speed, electronically controlled automatic overdrive with internal transmission oil cooler (1500) Standard Not Available Not Available
Transmission: heavy-duty, Hydra-Matic six-speed, electronically controlled automatic overdrive with internal transmission oil cooler (2500, 3500 and 4500) Standard Standard Standard
Tow/Haul mode: includes instrument panel-mounted selector Standard Standard Standard

SAFETY AND SECURITY FEATURES

  Cargo 3500 Cutaway 4500 Cutaway
Air bags:7 frontal, driver and front passenger Standard Standard8 Standard8
Air bags:7 head-curtain side-impact (with GVWR over 8,500 lbs.) Optional Not Available Not Available
Battery: 600 cold-cranking amps, with rundown protection Standard Standard Standard
Brakes: four-wheel antilock disc, ABS Standard Standard Standard
OnStar®:9 Directions & Connections® Plan, with Turn-by-Turn Navigation Optional Optional Optional
PASS-Key III theft-deterrent system Standard Standard Standard
Remote Keyless Entry10 Optional Optional Optional

INTERIOR FEATURES

  Cargo 3500 Cutaway 4500 Cutaway
Air conditioning: single-zone manual Standard Standard Standard
Air conditioning: rear Optional Not Available Not Available
Convenience Package: power windows and door locks Optional Optional Optional
Convenience Package: Tilt-Wheel steering column and cruise control Optional Optional Optional
Defogger: side windows Standard Standard Standard
Express Access Enhanced Lighting Package: three access panel lights and two interior roof-mounted lights in cargo area Optional11 Not Available Not Available

SEATING

  Cargo 3500 Cutaway 4500 Cutaway
Vinyl, front reclining buckets Standard Standard Standard
Custom Cloth, front reclining buckets Optional Optional Optional

AUDIO SYSTEMS

  Cargo 3500 Cutaway 4500 Cutaway
AM/FM stereo Optional Optional12 Optional12
AM/FM stereo with CD player Optional Optional Optional
AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player Not Available Optional8 Optional8

WHEELS

  Cargo 3500 Cutaway 4500 Cutaway
16-inch steel with Gray center cap (2500/3500 Cargo Van) Standard Not Available Not Available
17-inch steel (1500 Cargo Van) Standard Not Available Not Available

AVAILABLE DEALER-INSTALLED ACCESSORIES13

Bulkhead Divider Package Molded Hood Protector
Cargo Lamp Package Roof-Mounted Ladder Package
Hitch-Ball Assembly Security Screen Package: Rear-Door Windows
  • 1 E85 is a combination of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. Go to chevy.com/biofuels to see if there is an E85 fuel station near you.
  • 2 Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.
  • 3 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle, driver, passengers, cargo and optional equipment.
  • 4 Maximum payload capacity includes weight of driver, passengers, optional equipment and cargo. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.
  • 5 Requires Gaseous 6.0L V8 SFI engine, Cold Climate Package, spare tire delete and trailering equipment. Includes 4-tank configuration fuel system. May substitute with available 3-tank configuration fuel system. Not available with rear air conditioning or rear auxiliary heater.
  • 6 Requires 2500 or 3500 Regular Wheelbase models and Dedicated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) System. Includes external engine oil cooler. Requires a fleet or government order type.
  • 7 Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.
  • 8 Not available with driver-only high-back bucket seat option.
  • 9 Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model and conditions.
  • 10 Requires available Convenience Package (power windows and door locks).
  • 11 Requires available Express Access Package. Not available on Extended Wheelbase models.
  • 12 Not available with RV Package.
  • 13 Some accessories may not be available on all models. See dealer for details.

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