Nissan NV200 Brings Forth a Small Commercial Van

A small cargo van enters Nissan’s commercial fleet.

Nissan NV200

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A small cargo van enters Nissan’s commercial fleet.

The Ford Transit Connect will be getting some competition this spring when the new Nissan NV200 hits the market. At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show last week, Nissan took the wraps off of its all-new cargo van, the smallest model in its expanding field of commercial vehicles.

April 2013 Availability

The release of the Nissan NV200 will take place in April 2013, with more than 300 Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers marketing this product. The NV200′s debut comes following an announcement just before the start of the Chicago Auto Show that Nissan intends to stay in the full-size pick up truck segment. Rumors that the Nissan Titan would be canceled have been dismissed as the automaker seeks to maintain its position as a full-line manufacturer.

The Nissan NV200 comes in 4.5 feet shorter and 2.5 feet lower than the NIssan NV 2500/3500 High Roof Cargo Van. Nissan used the terms “right size” to describe its new product, alluding to shoppers of small cargo vans desired by fleet operators and small businesses alike. The 2013 Nissan NV200 is priced from $19,990; a destination charge, taxes and tags are extra. That price comes in lower than the 2013 Ford Transit Connect, in fact the Nissan is priced nearly $2,500 below the Ford.

Nissan NV200

Nissan NV200 Dimensions

Although new to North America, the NV200 is sold in other markets. The North American version, however, has a body that is 7.9 inches longer. Indeed, the Nissan NV200 sits on a 115.2-inch wheelbase and is 186.3 inches long by 54.8 inches wide and offers a 53-inch cargo area height. A 36.7-foot turning radius is designed to help this van maneuver in tight areas. Its payload limit is estimated at 1,500 pounds and this vehicle offers 122.7 cubic feet of storage capacity.

Important to shoppers is access to the interior with both side and rear doors making that possible. Yes, rear entry is accomplished through French doors that feature a 40/60 split design. The uneven split is to keep the left door from intruding into passing traffic when parked on the street. These doors open at 90- and 180-degree angles, while the side doors slide open.

Nissan NV200

Cabin and Office

Inside, the driver’s position is elevated slightly to give drivers full command of their surroundings. The driver’s seat comes with a 6-way manual control, lumbar support and an armrest; the slightly lower passenger seat offers a 4-way adjustable design. Both seats are equipped with adjustable head rests while front door pockets are included.

Recognizing that many commercial van owners will use their vehicles as mobile offices, Nissan has equipped these vehicles accordingly. Every model comes with center storage compartment that offers room for a laptop and storage compartments for pens, pencils, CD as well as two cup holders. In the upper portion of the instrument panel, a recessed section can serve as work area or lunch table, as can the passenger seat when it is folded down.

Nissan NV200

Two Trim Levels

Standard equipment includes power windows, a 12-volt power outlet up front and a second one at the rear of the NV200. An under seat storage tray is located underneath the passenger seat; an audio system is also included. Also available is Bluetooth connectivity, a SiriusXM satellite radio subscription and a rear view monitor. A navigation system is available with its technology package.

Nissan will sell the NV200 in S and SV trim levels. All models are powered by a 2.0-liter 16-valve in-line four cylinder engine. This engine is pair with a continuously variable automatic transmission and makes 131 horsepower and 139 foot-pounds of torque. Estimated fuel economy is 24 mpg around town and 25 mpg on the highway.

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