Nissan NV (North America)

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Nissan NV
2012 Nissan NV 2500 HD -- 09-15-2011.jpg
A Nissan NV2500 HD high-roof van
Manufacturer Nissan
Also called Nissan NV1500
Nissan NV2500 HD
Nissan NV3500 HD
Production 2011–Present
Model years 2012–Present
Assembly Canton, Mississippi (Nissan USA)
Aguascalientes, Mexico (Nissan Mexico)
Designer Bryan Thompson (2009)[1]
Body and chassis
Class Full-size van
Body style 3-door van
4-door van
Layout FR layout
Engine 4.0 L VQ40DE V6
5.6 L VK56DE V8
Wheelbase 146.1 in (3,711 mm)
Length 240.6 in (6,111 mm)
Width 79.9 in (2,029 mm)
Height 83.9 in (2,131 mm)
High Roof: 105.0 in (2,667 mm) & 106.0 in (2,692 mm)
HD S: 84.9 in (2,156 mm)
Predecessor Nissan Urvan (Mexico)

The Nissan NV (Nissan Van) is the first full-size van built by the Japanese automaker for the United States, Mexico and Canada, and sold by Nissan.[2] Until the introduction of the Nissan NV, Mexico was the only country in North America selling a full-size Nissan Van, as the Nissan Urvan was sold there. Upon the introduction of the NV, it replaced the Urvan for Mexico. There was also a small pickup truck sold in Thailand as the "Nissan NV", this was based on the AD Wagon (Y10), a relative of the Nissan Sunny.


The NV uses the same F-Alpha platform as does the Nissan Titan full-size pickup, but due to the need for a flat loading floor it is highly modified and they end up sharing mainly powertrain pieces and some appearance aspects. The NV is also only available with rear-wheel drive, coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission.[3] The NV is not targeted directly at the (mainly fleet) buyers of the Ford E-Series and Chevrolet Express, but rather at private users who have hitherto often been buying more comfortable pickup trucks.[4] The 4.0-litre V6 engine outputs 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque, while the 5.6-litre V8 engine outputs 317 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque.[5] The V8-engined versions are also electronically limited to a top speed of 100 mph (161 km/h).[3]


Nissan NV 1500

The NV1500 has a load capacity of 2,590 lb (1,175 kg), similar to the GMC/Chevrolet cargo van using the same "1500" designation, and informally known as a "half-ton". It is only available with the 4-litre V6. It is available in S or SV trim, with the SV receiving power door locks, windows, outside mirrors and 17" styled steel wheels.


The NV2500 HD (HD for "heavy duty") is equipped with the 4-litre V6 engine, with the bigger V8 available as an option.[4] The payload is 3,142 lb (1,425 kg), similar to the GMC/Chevrolet cargo van using the same "2500" designation, and informally known as a "three-quarter-ton". It comes in S, SV, or SL trim levels and is available in low or high roof; the SL is only available with the V6. The SV trim features a lockable center console with power outlets as well as an additional 120V outlet in the cargo compartment along with features from the 1500 SV while the SL trim adds chrome bumpers, grille, and door handles and 17" chrome wheels.


The NV3500 HD is the heaviest weight class offered, and is only available with the large 5.6-litre V8 engine with either a low or a high roof. Payload capacity is 3,925 lb (1,780 kg),[4] similar to the GMC/Chevrolet cargo van using the same "3500" designation, and informally known as a "one-ton". The NV3500 has a rollover risk of 30.6%.[6] It is also the only weight class offered in passenger van configuration (with up to 12 seats). Unusually, the latter is offered with a V6 or a V8, unlike its V8-only cargo counterpart. The NV3500 comes in S, SV or SL trim levels.


  1. ^ "Bryan Thompson". Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Nissan Bring Its NV line of Commercial Vans To The US; On Sale Late 2010". Truck Trend. Interlink Media. June 2008. Archived from the original on 2010-04-16.
  3. ^ a b Swan, Tony (May 2011). "Road Test: 2012 Nissan NV 2500 SV High Roof". Motor Trend.
  4. ^ a b c McCausland, Evan (2011-02-17). "First Drive: 2012 Nissan NV2500 HD". Automobile Magazine.
  5. ^ "Nissan NV: Powertrain Specs". Retrieved 2012-08-21.[dead link]
  6. ^ "2016 Nissan NV3500 Passenger Van VAN RWD". U.S. Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2015-09-28.