Unlike the regular length version of the Chevrolet Express,
the extended length model doesn't receive any changes this
year. While the regular length gets the StabiliTrak vehicle
stability system in 2005, the extended length does not.
However, the reason for that is simple: extended length
Express vans already have StabiliTrak.
Extended length Express vans are behemoth vehicles that
are intended to handle heavy cargo and passenger-carrying
applications. It shouldn't come as surprise to hear that
they are also frequently used in commercial applications.
The 2005 extended length Chevrolet Express is offered in
two models: G2500 and G3500.
The Express extended length has a wheelbase of 155 inches-or
20 inches longer than the regular length model. This allows
¾-ton G2500 models and 1-ton G3500 models to sit
up to fifteen passengers. In addition, there is 316.8 cubic
feet of space for cargo.
The 2005 Express has integrated armrests, door pull handles,
window and lock control switches and mirrors. Front doors
include storage pockets. In addition, there is an added
storage tray, twin trip odometers, a second power outlet,
a third console cupholder, loop-style coat hooks and durable
Extended length 2005 Express models have two swing-open
rear cargo doors and, on the passenger side, either 60/40
doors or a sliding door. 60/40 doors on the driver side
Vortec power is chosen to drive the Express lineup. The
G2500 comes with a 4.8-liter Vortec V8 with 285 horsepower
and 295 lb-ft of torque. 1-ton G3500 models are equipped
with a 6.0-liter Vortec V8 with 300 horsepower and 360 lb-ft
of torque. This engine is optional with G2500s.
The rear-wheel drive Express uses a 4-speed automatic overdrive
transmission. It also features GM's unique tow/haul mode,
which reduces the frequency and improves the predictability
of transmission shifts when pulling a trailer or carrying
a heavy load.
The standard StabiliTrak vehicle stability enhancement system
works by recognizing wheel skid and applying brake force
to recover traction and maintain a direct course.
Safety and Security
The 2005 Express has 4-wheel antilock disc brakes with a
Hydroboost hydraulic assist power brake booster. Additional
safety items include dual stage front airbags, three-point
safety belts, the LATCH child seat system and available
OnStar-equipped Express models feature new sixth-generation
hardware with digital and analog coverage. OnStar's Gen
6 hardware also includes upgraded hands-free voice recognition
capabilities including more intuitive continuous digit dialing
and improved voice recognition accuracy.
2005 Chevy Express - New
standard on regular-wheelbase 12-passenger vans