By on February 8, 2013


 If the Transit Connect isn’t your bag but you’re looking for a small cargo carrier (or a New York Taxi), Nissan is finally bringing their NV200 to the USA. The small cargo hauler has been on sale in Japan and Europe since 2009 but due to the success of the Transit Connect Nissan has decided to bring it our way. What do you need to know? Click past the jump to find out.

The NV200 is based on the same platform as the Cube and Versa but stretched for American cargo duty. This means the vehicle has car-like ride aspirations, a 2.0L gasoline engine and, you guessed it, a continuously variable transmission. Nissan kept the MacPherson struts up front but swapped the torsion beam setup in the rear for commercial-style leaf springs to bring the payload capacity up to 1,500lbs. Note that an official cargo carrying capacity has yet to be announced.

Nissan tells us that a standard 40×48 inch pallet can be accommodated in the rear, and thanks to doors that fold flat with the sides of the van you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting a forklift in there to do the lifting. Just make sure it’s not a heavy pallet. Cargo carrying is helped by a load floor that is flat all the way to the front, a notable change from the Transit Connect that has a load floor higher than the passenger floor. This means it will be more practical to remove the front passenger seat in the NV for more hauling room.

Interior bits come from a variety of Nissan products with a unique dashboard and Nissan’s low cost nav system can be added as an option. The last, and perhaps most important thing to keep in mind is the engine. The 2.0L four is borrowed from the Sentra but Nissan hasn’t released power numbers yet. Some are suggesting that we should expect it to be detuned for cargo duty to around 135HP, but I hope they are wrong. Also not clear is whether the NV200 will be getting the newer CVT with 2-speed gearset which broadens the ratio spread of the CVT.


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18 Comments on “Chicago Auto Show: 2014 Nissan NV200...”

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    Please tell me there are tiedown spots for a motorcycle…? This would be awesome for a motorcycle store to pick up bikes. Would be super-neat if this had a retractable ramp like a U-haul as well.

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    If Nissan or the aftermarket can come up with easily removable back seats for it, all the Honda Element lovers can have their next new vehicle.

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    Is this Fiat Doblò size? If so, Chrysler may soon join the bandwagon and launch a Ram Junior Amateur-Apprentice version.

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    The integrated body color in the front fascia is nicer than cheesy black or grey plastic of other vans. It almost has the look of the passenger cars from the front view but taller.

    The 60/40 rear door looks to be a nice feature also.

    Wondering how the taxi version will spec out and whether a stripped passenger version (like the Ford Transit p) will emerge to be an alternative to the now bloated Mommy/Family luxury mini-van segment.

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    Chicago 2013: The Year of the Van. Quite a selection of new vans at this show.

    -Transit Connect wagon

    I love a good van thread.

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      Its about time. The basic configuration of the current Econoline dates back to 1968. Of course the GM G-series is still selling with 1971 origins and no replacement announced.

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    I really don’t get this whole aversion to column shifters manufaturers seem to have nowadays, especially in vehicles where it is the only choice that makes any sense. Why mount a shifter dead centre in the middle of the dashboard, blocking HVAC controls when a simple column shifter is up and out of the way of everything? This is especially frustrating in pick-up trucks where gigantic , yet utterly useless centre consoles and console shifters stand in the way of a perfectly useful seat?!

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    Good grief the Nissan logo isn’t centered under the high-mount brake light.

    Also, Transit Connect/Wagon win.

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    bill mcgee

    For commercial use , I would ditch the stupid console , which would interfere with loading long , narrow objects, like lumber . Removable passenger seat is a good idea . And move the gear shift to closer to the dash , like the old Corvair and Pontiac Tempest automatics . And like any other manufacturer offering the same vehicle in other countries , a manual trans would be a plus and east to offer , especially for a smaller van like this . The rear end sure looks vulnerable – can’t see it being rebuilt from a 20 mph rear end hit , like my Econoline company truck was.

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    these have been in europe for a long time but the polar opposite in drivetrais… 1.5 renault turbo diesel + 5 spd man.

    i do like the idea of a small van

    i dont like how horribly cheap they make them… the lack of buttons on the right spoke the wheel and the bumps where they should be is full of LOL

    saying that i reckon they may as well just give up and fit no radio or any nav and just let the owner decide aftermarket

    all you need is the thing prewired maybe with spks

    i’d like to see what engines and drivetrains it leaves with and i reckon a quasi crew cab with B to C pillar tinted glass and foldaway seats would be good

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    I just looked up the fuel economy; it’s 25 mpg highway and 24 mpg city.

    That’s a mediocre number for highway (comparable to the 1996 Ford Windstar 3.0L, 1998 Plymouth Voyager 2.4L, 1993 Eagle Summit Wagon, 2004 Toyota Sienna, etc.) but that’s a very good number for city driving. I’ve rarely seen a minivan that can do better than 20 mpg in the city. It’s certainly a helluva lot more efficient than the Chevy Astro or the Mazda MPV.

    Still, not exactly what I would call impressive, fuel-wise. Nissan sells a clean-burning diesel version of the NV200 in Europe which gets about 45 mpg but here in the USA we’re stuck with the version that uses twice the fuel. Thanks a lot.

    I wish Toyota would make a minivan version of the Prius.

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    It is actually Fiat Doblò size albeit narrower. To me, it really looks ankward in real :(

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