2012 Nissan NV Raises the Roof
Nissan’s first entry into the CV segment was designed to turn heads.
In January, Nissan started production on the 2012 Nissan NV commercial van. With its first entry into North America’s commercial vehicle (CV) market, Nissan is aiming to reinvigorate a segment known more for its “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality than innovation.
“We’ve taken a fresh look at every aspect of the CV business — including styling, powertrain, interiors, cost of operation and ownership, dealership sales and service operations and, most importantly, real-world customer needs,” said Joe Castelli, vice president of Nissan North America Inc.’s commercial vehicle and fleet division.
There’s enough room between the wheelhouses (70.2 in. max. width) for standard plywood or drywall sheets or pallets. Nearly vertical sidewalls maximize usable cargo space (234.1 cubic feet on the Standard Roof and 323.1 cubic feet on the High Roof).
The Nissan NV comes in half-, three-quarter and one-ton versions (NV1500, NV2500 HD, NV3500 HD) with a Standard Roof or High Roof (NV2500 HD, NV3500 HD). The standard gas engine is a 4.0L V-6 that produces 261 hp and 281 lb-ft torque. An optional 5.6L V-8 generates 317 hp and 385 lb-ft torque. No diesel engine is planned at this time.
Payloads range from 2,590 lbs. on the Standard Roof 1500 S (V-6) to 3,747 lbs. on the Standard Roof 3500 SV (V-8).
The 2012 NVs are available now through a network of 250 newly appointed Nissan Commercial Vehicle Dealers (www.nissancommercialvehicles.com). That number should grow to 300 by year’s end, according to Nissan.
Check out our video walk-around of the 2012 Nissan NV!