By SEMA Staff
The ’13 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van features 40/60-split rear doors.
With the release of the Body Builder’s Guide for the ’13 Nissan NV200, the vehicle's launch is now underway. Nissan currently has 312 commercial dealers for the NV200 Compact Cargo Van.
Available in S and SV models, the all-new ’13 Nissan NV200 is more than 4.5 ft. shorter in length and 2.5 ft. lower in height compared to the Nissan NV 2500/3500 High Roof Cargo Van. Built on Nissan's compact commercial platform, the NV200's body has been extended 7.9 in. for the North American market.
The combination of a 115.2-in. wheelbase with a 186.3-in. overall length, along with a compact drivetrain and rear suspension, provides an 82.8-in. cargo length, 54.8-in. cargo width (48 in. between the wheelwells) and 53-in. cargo area height. Along with its low cargo floor height (19.5 in.) and tall roofline, the NV200 offers a large cargo capacity of 122.7 cu. ft. Payload is estimated at 1,500 lbs. (S model).
The tall rear French doors are a 40/60-split design, with the 60% side on the right (curb) side for easy access from a sidewalk. The 40% left side door is shorter, reducing its potential intrusion into the street when open, helping lower the risk of accidents due to passing vehicles. Both rear doors feature dual opening positions of 90 degrees and 180 degrees. All doors are solid (no windows) to accommodate advertising or business signage, with available privacy door glass.
Added commercial flexibility is provided by the standard integrated mounting points, which allow installation of racks and shelves without drilling into the sidewalls, and six available floor-mounted cargo hooks in the cargo area.
Inside, the Nissan NV200 offers "mobile office" functionality with a center console featuring laptop/hanging file folder storage, a pen/pencil tray, CD holder and dual cupholders. Recessed storage areas are provided on the upper instrument panel for folders and documents. In addition, the passenger seat folds down to serve as a worktop or lunch table, or it extends the cargo space for hauling longer items. Passenger seat slide travel is nearly 9.5 in. The 15x13-in. tray built into the seatback can fit most laptops.
The ’13 NV200 is powered by a 2.0L 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder engine rated at 131 hp and 139 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is matched with an Xtronic CVT transmission. Fuel economy is rated at 24 mpg (city), 25 mpg (highway) and 24 mpg (combined).