The upcoming 2024 Chevy Express commercial and passenger van will get two new transmissions replacing two of its current transmissions, GM Authority has learned.
The 2024 Chevy Express is the latest model year of a nameplate that has been produced annually since 1996 with almost no changes. The two new transmissions are the only changes to the 2024 Express from the 2023 model year.
Previously, the 8-speed automatic transmission tagged with RPO code M5U was paired with 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.
The LV1 engine is standard in all Express Passenger and Cargo configurations as well as in the Express 3500 Cutaway with the 139-inch wheelbase. The M5U transmission for this engine will now be replaced with the 8-speed automatic transmission tagged with RPO code MTH in the 2024 Chevy Express.
Meanwhile, the 6-speed heavy-duty automatic transmission tagged with RPO code MYD was formerly paired with the naturally aspirated 6.6L V8 L8T gasoline engine, which develops 401 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 464 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.
The L8T engine is optional for all Express Passenger and Cargo configurations as well as for the Express 3500 Cutaway with the 139-inch wheelbase. The L8T is standard in the Express 3500 Cutaway and Express 4500 Cutaway configurations, both available with 159-inch and 177-inch wheelbases.
In all cases, the L8T engine will now be paired with the 8-speed heavy-duty automatic transmission (RPO code N8X), which replaces the 6-speed MYD transmission.
As a reminder, the 2024 Chevy Express – and other model years of the van – is offered in several configurations, including the Chevy Express Cargo, the Chevy Express Passenger and the Chevy Express Cutaway, all of which are designed to serve a specific role.
Before the replacement of the two transmissions available for the 2023 model year by two new transmissions for the 2024 Chevy Express, several changes were made to the 2023 Chevy Express.
These included a $5,200 price increase for all trim levels and variants of the van, boosting the price of the Work Van trim level in the Cargo 2500 Regular Wheelbase to $39,895 and the LT trim in the Passenger 3500 Extended Wheelbase configuration to $49,490.
Under the body panels, the 2023 Express rides on the GMT 610 platform, while production takes place at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri. Notably, the Chevy Express Cutaway is produced by Navistar at a separate facility in Ohio.
Start of regular production (SORP) for the 2024 Chevy Express is scheduled for September 5th, 2023.