Nissan NV250 review

The Nissan NV250 is the upcoming small panel van from Nissan, built at Renault’s Maubeuge factory and based on the Renault Kangoo platform. Replacing the NV200, the Nissan NV250 is powered by the same 1.5-litre diesel and will offer payloads up to around 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

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. There will be power ratings of 75bhp/200Nm, 90bhp/220Nm and 110bhp/260Nm.

Nissan NV250 payload and weights 

We know that the alterations carried out will be largely cosmetic and that no major reengineering will be taking place, so we can safely assume that the weights will be very similar to that of the current Kangoo.

Nissan NV250 interior
The Nissan NV250 interior will be almost identical to the Renault Kangoo

This means there will be two wheelbases offered on the Nissan NV250, with load lengths of 1,731mm and 2,115mm. Given the standard load width of 1,460mm (1,218mm between the wheelarches) and load height of 1,258mm, the van will provide two load volumes of 3.1 and 3.8 cubic metres. 

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

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.

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

The Nissan NV250 will go into production at Renault’s Maubeuge factory in France in June 2019, with the first UK deliveries taking place in Spring 2020. 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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