There’s little sense in changing what isn’t broken, and the 2019 Chevrolet Express van is the poster child for that. Little about the vehicle has been altered since its 2003 update, outside of a few odd powertrain additions; most notably, a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel I4 Duramax was added for 2017, and GM’s 6.0-liter V8 Vortec CNG/LPG LC8 engine joined the lineup last year.
But now, the 2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo van range is gaining Forward Collision Alert across the lineup. Here’s everything you need to know:
What It Does and How
Forward Collision Alert is a vehicle system that administers a warning to the driver any time it detects there is a significant risk they’re about to collide with an object in front of the vehicle. It works by taking input either from long-, mid-, and short-range RADAR mounted within the front grille or lower front fascia, or from a camera mounted on the inside of the windshield, just ahead of the rearview mirror.
Forward Collision Alert is active any time the equipped vehicle is placed in Drive, or any other forward gear. GM’s system has three different types of indicator: a green following icon when a vehicle is detected ahead, an amber icon when the system detects that the driver is following too closely, an a flashing red “Collision Alert” with eight beeps – or five seat pulses, if equipped with a drivers Alert Seat – when a collision might be imminent.
Forward Collision Alert, which carries RPO code UEU, will be available pretty much across the 2019 Chevrolet Express van range. In all three models – Passenger, Cargo, and Cutaway – it includes Lane Departure Warning (RPO code UFL). On the Express Cutaway, the optional Rear Vision Camera (RPO code UVC) is required, and it isn’t available with HVAC auxiliary rear heat provisions (RPO ENC) or rearview mirror delete (RPO 9D9).
Forward Collision Alert on the 2019 Chevrolet Express is a standalone $295 option, although Cutaway customers can expect to pay a bit more for the requisite Rear Vision Camera. The price tag includes Lane Departure Warning, which is able to use the same camera located just behind the windshield.
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