GM added its torque-rich and fuel-efficient 2.8L I4 LWN turbo-diesel Duramax engine to the Chevy Express order book for the 2017 model year. GM Authority has now learned the 2023 Chevy Express will not be available to order with this four-cylinder diesel engine after the American automaker elected to drop it from the van’s list of available options.
While the turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine will not be available in the 2023 Chevy Express, the utility van will continue with its two naturally-aspirated gasoline engine options. These include the naturally aspirated 4.3L V6 LV1 gasoline engine, rated at 276 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 298 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm and the naturally aspirated 6.6L V8 L8T gasoline engine, rated at 401 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 464 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.
The diesel engine had the lowest tow ratings of the three engine options, as we reported previously, but was the only diesel engine option in the van’s lineup and offered up decent fuel economy thanks to its smaller displacement and eight-speed transmission, among other factors. As a reminder, the 2.8L turbo-diesel Duramax engine was rated at 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque in the Chevy Express and closely related GMC Savana.
This change also means the diesel engine-specific (RPO code RQD) GM eight-speed automatic transmission will no longer be available to order in the 2023 Chevy Express. The 4.3L V6 and 6.6L V8 engine options respectively come linked to the (M5U) GM eight-speed automatic and (MYD) GM six-speed automatic transmissions.
Production of the 2023 Chevy Express will commence at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri on August 15th, 2022. While production of the Chevy Savana Cargo, Passenger and Cutaway models takes place at the GM Wentzville plant, the Express Cutaway is also produced by Navistar at a separate facility in Springfield, Ohio. The utility van rides on the GMT 610 platform, which was developed specifically for full-size utility vans like the Express and GMC Savana.