The mid-size contender replaces the Primastar.
Nissan has taken the wraps of its new European mid-size van, the NV300. Replacing the Primastar, it competes with the Ford Transit Custom, Volkswagen Transporter, and Mercedes Vito (known as Metris in the U.S.).
Like its predecessor, the NV300 is the product of a joint venture between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and GM Europe, that has also spawned the Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro and Renault Trafic. Fiat has also jumped on board for this second generation iteration, its version being called Talento.
The NV300 is the last of the quadrumvirate to be launched. It differs from its siblings only in detail, notably the front end which carries Nissan’s signature “V-motion” grille. Inside, only the badge on the steering wheel marks it out.
That interior is centered around a touchscreen infotainment system that simply controls the stereo in its most basic form, but can be upgraded to the extent that the van becomes a mobile office. A smartphone cradle, tablet dock, and laptop storage are all available; as standard there’s loads of storage and three seats in the cabin.
The basic panel van is available in two lengths and two heights, ranging in cargo volume from 183.6 cubic feet (5.2 cubic meters) up to 293.1 cu ft (8.3 cu m). Even the smallest version can hold three standardized Europallets, while a hatch in the bulkhead allows longer loads to be slid under the cabin floor.
Power outputs of 95 horsepower (71 kilowatts), 120 hp (89 kW), 125 hp (93 kW), and 145 hp (108 kW) are available from the 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine - the latter two with twin blowers. All come with a six-speed manual gearbox sending drive to the front wheels.
The NV300 can also be had as a nine-seater Combi minivan, or a chassis cab. It’s built alongside the Renault and Fiat versions in France - the Opel and Vauxhall are produced in the UK.
Nissan's European commercial vehicle range also includes its own NV200 van, Navara pickup, and NT-series trucks, plus the full-size NV400 van which is also a product of the GM joint venture.