Nissan Debuts NV200 Compact Cargo Van at the Chicago Auto Show

The Nissan NV200 compact cargo van made its North American debut today at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The commercial version of New York City’s NV200 Taxi joins Nissan’s expanding lineup of professional vans that includes the full-size NV Cargo and Passenger variants.

Even though the NV200 Cargo is making its first appearance on U.S. soil, the compact van is already available in more than 40 countries around the world. However, the North American NV200’s body has been extended 7.9 inches (200 mm) compared to the regular models sold elsewhere.

The NV200 measures 186.2 inches (4,729 mm) in length and rides on a 115.2-inch (2,926 mm) wheelbase offering a cargo capacity of 123 cubic feet with a maximum payload of 1,500 pounds (680kg).

A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is matched to a Xtronic CVT transmission provides motivation. Nissan has not yet released output and fuel efficiency figures.

The NV200 will arrive at the Nissan’s U.S. showrooms later this year offering buyers a choice of two trim levels called “S” and “SV”.

“There is an increasing need for a ‘right-sized’ van that optimizes cargo space while offering the best possible fuel economy and an affordable price – the exact sweet spots of the innovative new Nissan NV200,” said Joe Castelli, vice president of Nissan Commercial Vehicles and Fleet.

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