To us, the City Express is like the unwanted stepchild in the Chevrolet lineup, mostly because — besides Chevrolet badging — it has zero Chevrolet/GM “DNA”. After all, it was developed and is manufactured by Nissan with no GM/Chevrolet input. Even so, the compact van is getting some minor changes for the 2018 model year.
To start, the Rear Vision Camera becomes standard on the 1LS and 1LT trims.
- By comparison, the 2017 Chevy City Express did not offer the camera on the 1LS trim level, and offered it on the 1LT trim as part of the optional Technology Package.
- The change results in the deletion of the Rear Vision Camera from the Technology Package for the 2018 model year; the package now contains Color Connected radio with Navigation, USB port and SiriusXM Satellite radio.
The 2018 City Express also gets standard Bluetooth for phone on the 1LS trim.
- By comparison, the 2017 model, Bluetooth was included with the 1LS trim level when one of the following items was ordered: cruise control, appearance package, deep tint rear door glass or deep tint rear door and passenger-side sliding door glass.
- Bluetooth is standard on the 1LT trim level for the 2018 City Express; it is upgraded with enhanced Bluetooth for phone and audio when the Technology Package is ordered, adding streaming for music and select phones along with the hands-free smartphone integration.
The updates and changes described here are specific to the U.S. market and may be different for other markets.
And that does it for Chevy’s Nissan-built compact for the 2018 model year. Here’s to hoping that Chevy will have a van of its own to offer in this segment sometime in the near future.