The automaker’s new heavy-duty 6.6L L8T V8 gasoline engine will replace the 6.0L LC8 V8 and 6.0L L96 V8 engines in the Express from 2021 onward. The L8T V8 was introduced in the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD trucks and is good for 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque in the Express.
In a statement, GM said the L8T V8’s wider torque band will give drivers “more on-demand power and confidence, especially with heavy payloads.” About 70 percent of current Express owners or fleet buyers select one of the available V8 engines and Chevrolet is hoping to L8T will help garner “the same or increased take rate,” for the optional V8 engine.
|RPO Code||Freshness||Configuration||Fuel||Power (hp / kW @ RPM)||Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ RPM)||Transmission|
|4.3L V6 LV1||LV1||Carryover||V6 OHV||Gasoline||276 / 206 @ 5200||298 / 404 @ 3900||8-speed auto M5U|
|2.8L I4 LWN||LWN||Carryover||I4 DOHC||Diesel||181 / 135.0 @ 3400||369 / 498.2 @ 2000||8-speed auto MQD|
|6.6L V8 L8T||L8T||New for 2021||V8 OHV||Gasoline||401 / 299 @ 5200||464 / 629 @ 4000||6-speed auto MYD|
|6.0L V8 L96||L96||Discontinued after 2020||V8 OHV||Gasoline||341 / 254.3 @ 5400||373 / 503.6 @ 4200||6-speed auto MYD|
GM’s 4.3L LV1 EcoTec3 V6 engine, rated at 276 horsepower and 296 pound-feet of torque, will remain the base engine in the 2021 Chevrolet Express. The automaker’s 2.8L Duramax LWN four-cylinder engine, which is good for 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet, is also available in the van in addition to the L8T V8. The L8T V8 is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 4.3L V6 and 2.8L Duramax are linked up to an eight-speed automatic.
Demand for full-size commercial vans like the Chevrolet Express has been on the rise, with commercial fleet sales for the Chevy van increasing 12 percent year over year in 2019. This has been partly fueled by increased demand from Amazon and delivery companies, which are busier than ever due to online shopping habits.
Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet, says the recent sales success of the Express line can also be attributed to the quality of the product and the work of the GM Fleet team.
“Our commercial fleet sales growth is a result of excellent product and an even better team,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet. “The changes for Express, Low Cab Forward and medium-duty trucks are great examples of the team’s commitment to helping customers with their fleet vehicle needs. With the product changes for 2020, we are on track for another year of strong commercial growth.”