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A New Engine for the Chevrolet ... Express

Admit it, you thought the Chevrolet Express was no longer offered as part of the Chevrolet lineup. Same goes for its twin Savana at GMC.

In fact, both models are very much alive and well. The vans, originally introduced in the early 1990s, still have their place in the General Motors catalogue. Not only that, the automaker’s commercial van business has grown 67% since 2013. The Chevrolet Express, now in its 26th year in its current form, saw sales increase 12% across all configurations in 2019.

And since about 70% of Express buyers chose the 6.0L Vortec V8 engine (341 hp and 373 lb-ft of torque), GM decided to offer a more powerful V8 for 2021. Available as of this summer, the 2021 Express vans will offer a new 6.6L V8 that debuted with the 2020 Silverado HD trucks. The Express will benefit from the same output, 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque; these represent gains of 17% and 24% respectively over the former Vortec V8.

According to GM Authority, the 6.6L V8 will replace the two currently offered V8s, one of which is capable of running on compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas. The new unit will use the same 6-speed automatic transmission as the current V8.

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