For the first time in North America, Nissan has showcased its Nissan NV200 compact cargo van before consumers, reports Automotive News. A small utility van was unveiled in the U.S. at the recent 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Sales of the smaller van will begin in 2013, after the full-sized NV cargo van size appears in dealerships this spring. Pricing, fuel economy and other performance specifications for the U.S. release are not currently known.
Low entry at low cost
With the Nissan NV200, the Japanese automaker is looking to draw customers in the market for a small cargo van by offering it at a low cost entry point, with low maintenance costs to boot. That’s why the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has adopted it as the “Taxi of Tomorrow,” as use of the Nissan NV200 keeps fleet costs down significantly. Currently, the NV200 is employed as a taxi in 40 countries, and as the automaker said at the Chicago Auto Show, the NV200 offers “the best possible fuel economy and an affordable price.”
Inside the Nissan NV200
The Nissan NV200 features a dual-overhead cam 2.0-liter engine with Nissan’s continuously variable transmission, reports the Chicago Tribune. This is the same engine that is currently used in the Nissan Sentra. There are 123 cubic feet of available cargo space, which is significant when compared with the vehicle’s small footprint of 186.2 inches in length and 68.1 inches in width. That’s an eight-inch extension for the U.S. market, compared with the NV200 taxis used worldwide.
The cargo compartment, which is rated up to 1,500 pounds, can easily hold a standard 40-inch-by-48-inch pallet. Floor-mounted cargo hooks and a 12-volt power point provide owners with complex transportation needs a great deal of flexibility.
In the cockpit, the Nissan NV200 offers power windows and a six-way adjustable driver’s seat with manual lumbar adjustment. The center console is designed to provide room for laptop computers, file folders, CD jewel cases and beverages. Additional storage spaces are available in the instrument panel of the dash, and if a desktop is needed, the passenger seat can fold down to serve that purpose.
For ease of access, the Nissan NV200 also offers dual sliding doors and 40/60-split rear doors. For ease of travel and communication, the NV200 will come standard with a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, a rear-view camera and a multimedia system for music, video and app entertainment.
Made in Mexico
While the plant is not currently ready for production, automotive media reports indicate that the Nissan NV200 will be manufactured at a plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico.