Nissan’s Interstar replacement is now on sale. The Nissan NV400 is Nissan’s version of the Renaut Master/Vauxhall Movano, but with a redesigned ‘face’, created at Nissan Design Europe (NDE) in London.
The new large van is part of a bold plan to double Nissan’s share of Europe’s LCV market within three years.
Panel van prices start at £18,995 ex VAT for the entry-level L1H1 model, rising to £30,045 for the largest, 4.5-tonne rear-drive twin-rear-wheel version.
“The bold Nissan look helps us differentiate NV400 from its competitors and gives us a distinctive face in the market. With NV200 and now NV400, there is no doubt Nissan offers attractive functionality and great choice in the LCV market,” said Sergio Alcaraz, vice president of Nissan’s LCV Business Unit.
The Nissan NV400 is one of the most versatile and practical heavy van ranges on the market with gross vehicle weights ranging from 2.8 tonnes to 4.5 tonnes. NV400 comes with front or rear-wheel drive versions, as well as three wheelbases, four body lengths, three different heights and with cargo volumes ranging from 8cu m to 17cu m.
There are three engine options plus six-speed manual and robotised transmissions.
In addition there are many different bodywork options, all backed by the Nissan warranty. As well as factory-built panel vans and combis, there are crew vans, box-bodies, tippers and dropsides, all built in-house. Nissan will also offer a chassis-cab for specialist body builders.
Sergio Alcaraz added: “NV400 is much more than a replacement for Interstar and takes us into a much wider market segment thanks to the great breadth and depth of the range.”
Front-wheel drive versions offer a lower kerb weight for improved payloads, a lower frame height and improved fuel economy. Rear-wheel drive offers greater choice for chassis cab conversions and thanks to its high rear axle capacity is better suited to medium duty applications. Rear-drive versions are available with single or twin rear wheels.
Power comes from a newly developed direct injection, four-cylinder, 16-valve turbodiesel engine. At 2.3 litres it is smaller than the Interstar’s 2.5-dCi unit yet power outputs are the same – 100, 125 and 150hp – and torque figures have improved to 285, 310 and 350Nm respectively. All are Euro 5 compliant and enjoy lower running costs thanks to improved economy and to major service intervals which have been extended to 25,000 miles or every two years.
Standard or optional equipment includes air conditioning, parking sensors, cruise control with speed limiter, trip computer, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity and USB/iPod playback through the sound system. A rear view parking camera is also optionally available to make parking manoeuvres as safe as possible.
Another innovative option is Nissan Connect by TomTom. As well as conventional mapping and route planning, owners can subscribe to TomTom’s Live Service content which includes live HD Traffic updates, fixed and mobile speed camera warnings, weather forecasting and access to Google Local Search, a vast database which lists the most up-to-date contact information of millions of business and services.