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2011 Nissan NV Commercial Vans

Nissan's Next Big Thing

2011 Nissan NV Commercial Vans
Posted March 10 2010 11:58 AM by Edward A. Sanchez 
Filed under: Opinions, Trend Observations, Truck News , Nissan

2011 Nissan NV Commercial Van

There have been very few truly all-new vans introduced to the North American market in the past few decades. The Ford Econoline and various versions of GMC and Chevy full-sizers have been around in one form or another since the mid-1960s. Dodge stirred up some controversy when the company dropped the Ram Van in favor of the Mercedes-based Sprinter several years ago. But other than the Sprinter, there have been few truly all-new entries into this market. No longer.

2011 Nissan NV Commercial Van Hi-Roof

Nissan just introduced its line of NV commercial vans. Although clearly targeted toward fleet and business customers, the largely unfinished canvas opens up the potential for a lot of customization options. Like the Sprinter, the NV is offered in low-roof and high-roof versions. However, unlike the Sprinter, it will launch with an all-gas engine lineup in the form of a 4.0 liter V6 and 5.6 liter V8, both engines previously launched in the Frontier and Titan/Armada, respectively.

2011 Nissan NV Commercial Van Interior

One of the major distinguishing factors Nissan points out is the "truck-like" driving position, and lack of an engine "doghouse." One look at the NV, and the first thing that stands out is the unusually long nose for a van. Nissan also claims improved serviceability with the longer hood.

The van will be offered in 1500, 2500, and 3500 specs, all featuring body-on-frame construction with a fully boxed frame. All levels will be available with the low-roof configuration, with the 2500 and 3500 also available in the high-roof configuration.   

2011 Nissan NV Commercial Van Cargo Area

Although many were expecting a diesel engine option from launch, there's still a possibility an oil-burner could be in the NV's future. Nissan's parent company Renault is one of the leading diesel engine manufacturers in Europe. Also, it has been rumored that Nissan has been in talks with Cummins to provide an optional diesel powerplant for this model range.

So...van guys...What do you think? Will the NV be an epic fail or a big win for Nissan? Should it offer a consumer-trim, passenger version? We want to hear what you think!

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