Forget using the Nissan NV commercial vans for things like plumbing supplies and airport passengers -- Nissan's Los Angeles Auto Show concept vans are serving up grilled cheese and ice cream sandwiches.
Nissan will march out two concepts, the Coolhaus Truck and Grilled Cheese Truck, at the Los Angeles Auto Show tomorrow. Both are based on the NV2500 High Roof model, which has about 77 inches in vertical space between its load floor and roof.It also features a standard 4.0-liter V-6 engine with 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque, and can be upgraded to a 5.6-liter V-8 that makes 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. Both models feature a five-speed automatic transmission.
As the name suggests, the Grilled Cheese Truck is a concept that serves grilled cheese sandwiches. The NV show model is actually a concept made for the already popular Grilled Cheese Truck franchise in the L.A. area, which serves up such crazy creations as a grilled caprese melt and a sandwich that combines macaroni, cheese, and barbecue pork. Predictably, its exterior treatment is reminiscent of cheese: an orange paintjob with what appears to be splashes of cheddar coming off the wheels.
Not to be outdone, Nissan's other concept -- dubbed the Coolhaus -- explores a different style of sandwich: the ice cream sandwich. But these aren't humble vanilla-ice-cream filled confection. The Cool Haus truck serves flavors like Root Beer Float, Mango Sticky Rice, and something called Sexy Evil Genius. The truck is decorated with a slick silver and pink paintjob.
As with any other food truck, both concepts received modifications inside and out, including fold-out serving windows, storage racks, and work counters.
The trucks will be serving both kinds of sandwiches to showgoers at tomorrow's LA Auto Show.