IN A segment that is seemingly becoming just as competitive as the SUV market, Nissan has entered the LCV panel van market with the introduction of the NV200 and NV350.
The NV200 is a compact panel van that offers clever packaging, good specification levels and extends Nissan reach with its choice of two engines and low cost of ownership.
The two engines powering the NV200 consist of a 1.6-litre petrol (NV200 1.6i Visia with 81kW/153Nm) and a new turbocharged 1.5-litre diesel (NV200 1.5 dCi Visia with 66kW/200Nm). These two powertrains are mated to a five-speed manual transmission powering the front wheels. Nissan claims fuel economy and emissions of 7.2 litres/100km and 166g/km for the petrol, while the diesel model will sip just 4.9 litres/100km and emit 129g/km of Co2.
One of the interior highlights is the 2.8-inch multi-information screen inside the instrument binnacle that provides the driver with a multitude of information, including a gear-shift indicator to aid economical driving. Standard equipment on both models includes remote central locking, air conditioning, tilt-adjustable steering and two speakers with a roof-mounted antenna in a radio-ready setup.
The NV200 panel van offers a class-leading total cargo volume of 4.2 cubic metres. It can swallow two Euro pallets or almost 800kg thanks to its wide-opening doors. It also features sliding doors on either side of the vehicle to aid easier loading. The front passenger seat can also be folded flat to open up space for objects of up to 2.8 metres in length to be loaded.
Moving up the ladder, the NV350 is Nissan's answer to large commercial needs.
A choice of either a petrol or diesel engine will power the NV350. Both are mated to five-speed manual transmission.
The Narrow Body with low roof and Wide Body with high roof will be powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine producing 108kW and 213Nm of torque. Claimed fuel consumption between the models will range from 11.8 litres/100km to 12.5 litres/100km and emissions from 282g/km to 300g/km.
The Wide Body with high roof is also available with a 2.5-litre turbo-diesel motor that generates 95kW and 356Nm of torque. It is claimed to sip just 8.3 litres/100km and emit 220g/km of Co2.
Interior features include a 3.5-inch LCD multi-information screen, air conditioning, electric windows and tilt-adjustable steering wheel.
The two models feature exceptional capacious load areas, with the Wide Body with high roof offering a load volume of 9.2 cubic metres.
Both the NV200 and NV350 come standard with a 3-year/100 000km warranty, as well as a 5-year/90 000km service plan for the NV350.