Nissan NV350 - Impendulo Motoring Review
Nissan NV350 the carriage solution NISSAN will re-enter the South African taxi market with the new launch of the new Nissan NV350 Impendulo, which will go on sale in March this year.
The NV350 Impendulo is the successor to the Nissan E20 of the 1990s, whichhas a strong heritage with local taxi operators almost twenty years ago.The Impendulo taxi also aims to build and recapture the love and affection from both taxi owners and commuters. This is illustrated by the unique name, which the local taxi operators were involved in coming up with through a campaign called ‘Name to Fame Game’, giving it a strong local flavour.
The NV350 Impendulo featuresa bold and assertive exterior design. The front end imparts strong, bold and individualistic design with a rounded, characterful waistline forming at the base of the windscreen and progressing down the flanks. The rear features bold vertical tail lights which convey confidence and is available exclusively in white.It also features 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers.
The interior features 14 smartly designed seats in the back: sixbenches and two individual seats with a central passage allowing access to the rearmost three rows. Other standard features include easy-to-clean PVC flooring, adjustable power steering, multi-info trip computer, two cup holders, sliding rear windows and seat-back handles.
Safety features include driver and front passenger airbags, ABS,seatbelts for all 16 seats, a driver’s seatbelt warning buzzer and an emergency exit escape hatch in the roof.The Impendulo is powered with a 2.5-litre petrol engine that produces 108kW and 213Nm of torque is and is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
Nissan NV350 Impendulo comes with a standard 3-year/100 000km warranty as well as 3-year/unlimited kilometres anti-corrosion warranty included. Service intervals are 15 000km.