It may not be fancy or glamorous, but the Nissan NV200 has found its niche in the U.S. market for its straightforward, no-nonsense functionality. It follows the Ford Transit Connect to the U.S. market for businesses that don’t need the size, and don’t want the fuel consumption of a larger van. It is also serving as the basis for the 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact van. For the 2014 model year, prices on the NV200 are going up $250 respectively on both the S and SV trims, Nissan announced in a press release.
The 2014 NV200 S model now starts at $21,100 and the SV model starts at $22,090. Both prices include $860 in destination charges. No major changes have been announced for the 2014 model, meaning a single powertrain choice for the U.S. market, a 2.0-liter I-4 producing 131 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque, mated to a mandatory continuously-variable automatic transmission.
The U.S.-spec Nissan NV200 comes from Nissan’s plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico. European models come from Nissan’s plant in Barcelona, Spain. North American-spec NV200s differ slightly from their international counterparts with a slightly longer wheelbase, and chassis reinforcements to deal with tougher use and generally poorer road quality conditions of the U.S.
The NV200 also recently made headlines for being the basis of the future London Taxi, with a unique front clip with round headlights, and a gasoline engine. London “black cabs” have traditionally used diesel engines for the past several decades.