The gas model will be powered by a small 2.0-liter
four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission; there’s
a similar setup on most Nissan Sentra models. Don’t let the small displacement
fool you. Nissan says the model can carry up to 1,500 pounds, which is 100
pounds short of the Transit Connect’s capacity. Unlike the Transit Connect, the
NV200 can only seat two people; Ford’s van can be configured to carry five
people. We expect Nissan to eventually come out with a passenger version of the
model to complement its other commercial van, the full-size NV series.
Overall, the mini cargo van has 123 cubic feet of cargo space, which is 6.6
cubic feet less than the Transit Connect and 21.4 less than the Ram Cargo
The NV200′s diminutive size does have its advantages, though. Nissan says the
model will offer the “best possible fuel economy and an affordable price.”
The model comes standard with dual sliding doors, 40/60-split rear doors, a
six-way manual adjustable driver’s seat, power windows, laptop/file hanging
storage and 12-volt plugs on the instrument panel and rear console area.
Available features include a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, backup
camera and a multimedia system called Nissan Fleet Tracker, which can be used
for business logistics.
The model goes on sale in early in 2013. Pricing, fuel economy and power
specs weren’t made available at the reveal.