Ideal for moving up to 15 people at once, the Chevrolet Express Passenger van is suited for use by large families or by commercial entities. Presented in a 1500 half-ton, 2500 three-quarter ton and 3500 one-ton model, the 2003 Express Passenger was offered with in 135-inch as well as 155-inch wheelbase versions. For 2003, the Chevrolet Express Passenger van received a number of updates.
In addition to a restyled front end of the 2003 Express, left-side rear passenger door was offered for the first time for improved access. The 2003 model year Express Passenger van presented four engines to choose from. A 200-horsepower 4.3-liter V-6 engine was an entry-level powerplant on the large passenger van followed by three Vortec V-8 engine options. An all-new 270-horsepower 4.8-liter V-8 was included standard on the 2500 model while a 5.3-liter as well as a 300-horsepower 6.0-liter was also available. All engines were paired with a four-speed automatic transmission.
Impressive standard stopping power for the 2003 Express Passenger van was provided through four-wheel disc brakes with an anti-lock braking system and Hydroboost. Since 2003, the Chevrolet Express Passenger Van progressed in adding standard safety equipment. StabiliTrak electronic stability control was gradually added across the van line-up while tire pressure monitoring system and head curtain side air bags were included during the 2008 model year. Also in 2008, the interior was completely freshened and the Vortec engine family was enhanced with Gen IV technology.
The 6-liter V-8 engine offered on the 2008 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van generated 323 horsepower and 373 pound-foot of torque. In 2010, additional smoothness was provided to the 2500 and 3500 models of the Express Passenger Van as they were upgraded to a six-speed automatic transmission. In 2011, the passenger van version of the Chevrolet Express 3500 could be ordered with a Duramax 6.6-liter turbocharged diesel engine.