Production of the 2022 Chevy Express and 2022 GMC Savana has been pushed back by a month, GM Authority has learned. The previous plan was to start 2022 model year production on October 20th, but Start of Regular Production (SORP) is now scheduled for November 22nd.
The two GM vans are produced at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri in their Cargo, Passenger, and Cutaway versions. The Cutaway is also produced under contract by Navistar at its Springfield plant in Ohio. The aforementioned dates apply only to the Wentzville plant.
It’s worth noting that the Wentzville facility was shut down in February due to a winter storm. Then production was temporarily idled on March 29th to resume on April 12th. Then production was idled once again in late May as part of a scheduled downtime period for non-production activities, followed by zero production in June.
The facility recently moved from three to two shifts as a result of the microchip shortage, though production of the Express and Savana was not impacted by the change.
The 2022 Chevy Express and 2022 GMC Savana get a handful of minor changes, including the removal of the power window delete option, transmission oil cooler, and CD player option. Bigger changes took place for the 2021 model year, including the addition of the GM’s new 6.6-liter L8T V8 engine.
As a result of the minor changes for 2022, both models will continue to ride on the GM GMT 610 platform. Pricing for the 2022 models has not yet been announced, though we’re not expecting any major deviations from the current pricing structure.
Tracing their roots back to the early 1990s, the Express and Savana are currently the oldest vehicles in the GM product portfolio. Despite their age, sales of the twin vans have been very healthy. In the United States, Chevrolet Express deliveries grew 32 percent to 29,429 units during the first six months of 2021. GMC Savana sales increased 58 percent to 11,291 units during the same timeframe. Both models have increased market share during that time.
Sales Numbers - Full-Size Vans - H1 2021 - United States
|MODEL||YTD 21 / YTD 20||YTD 21||YTD 20||YTD 21 SHARE||YTD 20 SHARE|
Looking ahead, the current Express and Savana will continue to be sold at least through the 2023 calendar year, and production could even be extended thru 2025. As long as the duo continues to be sold, we expect it to continue receiving minor changes, updates, and improvements. From there, several all-new, and all-electric models are on the way to replace the duo. These consist of the BrightDrop EV600 and a currently-unnamed Chevy commercial van.
We’ll have more details to provide on the 2022 Chevy Express and GMC Savana as their arrival approaches in the coming weeks and months. For now, be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevy Express news, Chevy news, GMC Savana news, GMC news and around-the-clock GM news coverage.