Nissan may have awakened the sleepy North American full-size van market with its Mississippi-built NV range, but is also introducing a new NV400 line for the European market specifically suited for that market's needs. Like its rival, the Ford Transit, the NV400 is offered in front or rear-wheel drive and features four-cylinder diesel powerplants ranging from 100 to 150 hp. The four main variations offered are a chassis cab, minibus, crew van, dropside, and tipper (dump truck).

The chassis cab model is available in either mid- or long-wheelbase versions with front or rear drive, and single or twin rear wheel, for a total of 13 available configurations. The chassis cab is available with either a 125- or 150-hp version of Nissan's 2.5dCi turbodiesel four-cylinder engine.

The minibus model can accommodate nine passengers including the driver, or six passengers and a generous cargo area. The minibus offers 100- and 125-hp engine options and standard three-point belts and anti-lock brakes. The starting price for the U.K. model is the equivalent of $41,887.

The crew van can accommodate up to seven people and ample cargo space with a variety of available cargo and payload specifications, and a payload of more than 3000 pounds. The crew van is available in either front or rear drive, and starts at the equivalent of $40,295.

The dropside bed model is available in a single three-seat or double seven-seater cab with front or rear drive, and a maximum payload of up to 3223 lb.

The tipper model, or dump truck, is available in single or double-cab configurations with a payload of up to 2705 lb. The single-cab model starts at $39,034, and the double-cab at $42,817.

The NV400 will also be offered to local converters for conversions to a box-van configuration, refrigerated van, and a disabled-accessible model, to be available complete from Nissan commercial dealers.

Source: Nissan UK