The new Nissan
NV 400 van has already been around from some time now and the company has announced that it will also present its new Chassis cab version at the Commercial Vehicle Show in April. The new Nissan NV400 chassis cab shares a lot of common elements with the Renault Master
and will be available in both mid and long wheelbases with either front or rear wheel drive. The NV 400 will come in both single- and double-cab configurations, with a choice of two engine options with maximum outputs of 125hp and 150hp. The new commercial vehicle will also come with a full three year warranty.
The Exterior design of the new NV400 Chassis cab is identical with the van. As we’ve mentioned before, the Japanese vehicle shares a lot of common elements with the Renault Master. But despite their common origins, Nissan has tried to add a few changes to differentiate it from its French sibling.
For a light commercial vehicle, the NV400 looks pretty good and combines its utilitarian character with an attractive design. The front bumper is the same as the one form the Renault Master, but the bonnet, the radiator grille and even the headlights are slightly different. Viewed from the side, there aren’t any significant differences between the two models as they share the same design lines.
Unlike its French sibling, which has the company logo mounted on the bonnet, the NV400’s badge sits in the center of the radiator grille while its headlight are also slightly sharper. Dominated by the circular Nissan badge, the central black honeycomb grille is dissected by wide angled struts. These extend the distinctive twin indentations on the bonnet to form a broad ‘V’ shape to the nose of the vehicle. On either side of the silver painted struts are smaller air intake grilles which are flanked by broad trapezoidal lamp assemblies.
We can also expect that the new NV400 Chassis cab will feature the same modular structure as the Master, with a removable rear cross member and body lengths between 2.43 - 5.74 m to enhance its versatility.
There isn’t anything new inside either, as the overall design is also carried over from the French model. Though, this is a good thing as we’ve loved the airy cabin of the Renault Master. Even if the materials aren’t top notch, the build quality is pretty good and the fittings look ready to endure a good amount of years without baking down.
The dashboard however is a bit cluttered and the overall ergonomy isn’t as good as other products in the segment. However, you’ll like the three spoke steering wheel as it feature an ergonomic design and it’s easy to use thanks to its well chosen dimensions. Another well designed element is the gear lever which is located within easy reach into the dash.
The small truck won’t have any problems in the storage department either, as the cab is generously fitted with all sorts of cup holders, and storage compartments which are well placed and very useful. There is also space for A5 size documents, a built-in swing tray in the instrument panel and a host of useful compartments in the doors and overhead.
The seats are air suspended and can be adjusted according to you wishes, while their armrests offer additional comfort. The high driving position offers a good all round road visibility and the steering can be also adjusted. At the front there is space for three adults while the double cab models offers a second row of seats for another three passengers. Furthermore, all seats are equipped with headrests and offer good head and legroom.
The Nissan NV400 chassis cab features will include GPS, Bluetooth for mobile phones, air conditioning or climate control and radio/CD/tuner with steering-mounted controls. A rear view parking camera could also be offered as an option to make parking maneuvers easier.
Engines and performance
The NV400 is powered by a direct injection, four-cylinder, 16-valve Euro 5 turbo diesel developed by Renault. Displacing 2.3-litres, the engine develops 125 or 150Hp with torque figures of 310 and 350Nm respectively.
The 125Hp versions feature a fixed turbocharger as standard, though a variable geometry turbo is optionally available on the fwd 125HP model. The variable geometry turbo delivers greater torque and, therefore, engine flexibility and is standard on all 150Hp models as well as all rear-wheel drive versions powered by the 125H engine.
The engine is mated on a six-speed manual transmission which is also available in robotized form as an option across the range.
The engines major oil change service intervals are set at 40,000 kms or every two years while coolant changes are made at every 160,000 kms or six years. Compared to the old units, the new one features a maintenance-free camshaft drive chain rather than a belt.
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Ride and suspensions
The NV400 will features a MacPherson strut independent suspension system at the front with an anti-roll bar, while rear suspension incorporates sturdy leaf springs. Front-wheel drive versions come with a single leaf spring while rear-drive models have either a dual spring (single rear wheel) or triple leaf (double rear wheel).
In the safety department the Nissan NV 400 Chassis cab offers twin front airbags as standard and optional side airbags. Active safety extends to the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) which is standard on all rear-wheel drive models and optional on front-wheel drive versions, while the braking powered is assured by standard all round discs with ABS.