- Newly available OnStar 46 LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot
- Chevrolet MyLink with navigation radio replaces DVD Player option
- Optional dual isolated battery system
The 2016 Chevrolet Express 3500 comes as either a Cargo Van or a Passenger Van. The Express Cargo Van has regular (135 inches) and extended (155 inches) wheelbase options. The Express 3500 Passenger Van only comes with a regular wheelbase, but it has four available trims: the 1LS, 2LS, 1LT and 2LT. The Express 3500 comes with a standard 145-amp alternator but optional features include a powerful 220-amp alternator and a dual isolated battery system.
The Express 3500 is the prototypical van that maintains little ornamentation. It has a traditional, boxy design that includes dual stacked headlights, exposed black front bumpers, and high-mounted tail lights. The Cargo Van and Passenger Van feature standard 60/40 swing-out passenger-side doors and 50/50 swing-out rear cargo doors. A metal front bumper, a sliding passenger-side door, power/heated side mirrors, and a trailer hitch receiver are all optional.
All engines for the Express 3500 are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. A 285-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 engine comes standard, while a 342-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 is optional. The Cargo Van also has an available 260-hp, diesel 6.6-liter V-8 version. The Express 3500 also offers a 260-hp, turbo-diesel 6.6L V-8 engine with an impressive 525 foot pounds of torque. Fuel economy for the Express 3500 with the 4.8-liter V-8 is an EPA-estimated 11/17 mpg city/highway. Fuel economy ratings for the diesel powertrain configurations are not available at this time. The Express 3500 has a much higher maximum payload of 3413 pounds over the 2482 pounds for the 2500.
Inside, the Express 3500 has multiple interior configurations. The Cargo Van has a maximum seating capacity of 5 passengers with the rear bench optional. It also has six standard D-ring tie downs for cargo. The Passenger Van offers seating for 12 passengers across 4 rows standard. An optional OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot, which allow multiple passengers to connect to the Internet via smartphone is now available for 2016 models. The standard AM/FM stereo in the Express 3500 models can also be upgraded to the Chevrolet MyLink multimedia system, which includes a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, satellite radio, and an integrated navigation system. All models come with standard air conditioning, power windows/locks, front bucket seats, and a digital radio. Available features include power seats for the driver and passenger, rear HVAC, cruise control, remote keyless entry, and a tilt steering wheel.
Standard safety features include 6 airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, a tire pressure monitoring system. A limited-slip rear differential, a rear window defroster, and a backup camera are also available.