Nissan NV250 review

Nissan has unveiled the all-new Nissan NV250 small van; the latest addition to its LCV line-up. Replacing the aging NV200 van, the Nissan NV250 offers a choice of two wheelbases, three power ratings and payloads of up to 850kg.

Background

Nissan has been offering a dedicated small van in the UK since the late 90’s with the Nissan Kubistar, which was based on the first-generation Renault Kangoo. However, in 2009 Nissan launched its ‘global van’ – the Nissan NV200 – the first van to be sold in Europe, North America and Japan.  

While the van had some class-leading attributes, like turning circle, loading height, and visibility, the NV200 lacked the refinement of European vans due to its small wheels and the payload fell far short of its competitors.

In 2018, Nissan announced it would cease production of diesel versions of the NV200 and replace it with a Renault-built van (the eNV200 will be continued to be built by Nissan in Barcelona).

Renault Maubeuge facts:

  • Builds Renault Kangoo, Mercedes-Benz Citan and Nissan NV250
  • Opened 1970
  • 2,200 workers
  • €450m invested (2018-2023)
  • 200 new workers (2019)
  • Exports to 33 countries
  • Will build next-gen small vans, expected 2022

Nissan NV250 engine and driveline

Nissan NV250 L1 Van

There’s no surprise that Renault’s veteran 1.5-litre K9K (1,461cc) unit will be the engine of choice for most operators; this has been powering both Renault’s and Nissan’s light vans since 2002.

Developed through the shared expertise of the Alliance, the NV250 incorporates a proven and efficient engine with three different powertrain options available; 80hp/210Nm, 95hp/230Nm and 110bhp/260Nm.

Nissan NV250 payload and weights 

Nissan NV250
Nissan NV250

Unlike its predecessor, the NV250 is offered in two body lengths, the short and long wheelbase (providing load lengths of 1,731mm and 2,115mm), and comes with several seating configurations, while the single-length crew version (on the long wheelbase) comes with a maximum of 4 seats and multi-positional bulkhead for a versatile cargo space.

Nissan NV250
Nissan NV250

There is a load-through facility which can accommodate items of up to 2.5m and 2.87 in length.

Short wheelbase models (1,950-2,100kg GVW) will have a payload of between 650 and 850kg, and long wheelbase (2,200kg GVW) versions will be between 800kg and 850kg. This falls short of most of the competitors, who now offer in excess of 1,000kg.

Specification and interior

Nissan NV250
Nissan NV250

Very little is known about the interior styling (Nissan will be fitting their own dashboard and switches) or specifications of the upcoming van so far, but we do now there is likely to be three trim levels like on the current model; Visia, Acenta and Tekna.

Nissan NV250
Nissan NV250

Fleet-focused Visia models will cover the basics like Bluetooth, electric windows and trip computer, while the more luxurious Tekna models will be furnished with plenty of extras like alloy wheels, reversing sensors and air conditioning.

Price and availability

Nissan NV250
Nissan NV250

The Nissan NV250 offers customers even lower ownership costs thanks to the lower fuel economy. The Euro-6D compliant engine offers reduced CO2 emissions and fuel economy figures as low as 56.7mpg.

The NV250 is backed by Nissan’s industry-leading five-year warranty or 100,000 mile warranty and is predicted to go on sale in the UK in September 2019. No prices have yet been announced, however its expected they will be pitched at between £15,995 and £22,995 plus VAT.

Also read: NEW VANS FOR 2019 AND 2020

Here’s a link to the original press release:
https://media.group.renault.com/global/en-gb/renault-nissan-mitsubishi/media/pressreleases/21219155/renault-nissan-mitsubishi-accentue-sa-production-de-vehicules-utilitaires-en-france

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