NEW FOR 2014:

– No major changes.

After being introduced to Canadians last year, Nissan’s little NV200 cargo van carries over without any changes. Businesses across Canada have been quick to adopt the little van for its low running costs and affordable price tag, and should you travel to the Big Apple this coming year, you’ll see them in droves as they’ve been pressed into action as the city’s official new taxicab.

Based on the Nissan B-Platform, which is shared with the Versa and other small vehicles, the NV200 is diminutive compared to other commercial vehicles making it a great fit for urban use. It has been optimized to deal with heavy loads with a solid rear axle and commercial-grade suspension. Twenty mounting points, hardboard (wood) panels, and a width that’ll accommodate a 40×48 pallet make it a useful tool indeed. Unlike its key rival, the Ford Transit Connect, the NV200 isn’t offered as a passenger wagon.

The NV200 comes powered by a simple 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 131 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque. It comes paired to a CVT transmission. It’s not the most pleasant or powerful of powertrains around, but it offers owners low operating costs.

The NV200 is offered in two trims: S and SV.

Standard equipment includes 15-inch steel wheels, black bumpers, black door handles, black exterior mirrors, silver grille, dual power heated exterior mirrors, six roof-rack mounting points, 60/40 split rear cargo doors, 180-degree rear cargo doors, dual side sliding doors, splash guards, air conditioning, 20 integrated and reinforced cargo mounting points, telematics pre-wiring, overhead map lights, cargo area light, hardboard interior cargo panels, rear cargo floor protector, power windows with one-touch auto-down, cruise control, intermittent wipers, trip computer, Mobile Office centre console with laptop storage, upper dash bin, passenger under-seat tray, front map pockets, 12-volt DC power outlet, cloth upholstery, driver’s armrest, six-way manual driver’s seat with lumbar support, four-way manual flat-folding passenger seat, AM/FM/CD stereo with two speakers, aux-in jack, and tire-pressure monitoring system.

Bluetooth package adds Bluetooth and MP3 capable stereo.

SV adds 15-inch wheels with wheel covers, chrome grille, body-colour mirrors, and body-colour bumpers rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, six floor-mounted D-rings in cargo area, remote keyless entry, power door locks with auto-lock, dual 12-volt power outlets, and an MP3-capable stereo.

The Technology Package adds 5.8-inch navigation display, reverse camera, USB audio input, text-messaging assistant, and satellite radio.

Both S and SV can be had with the Rear Door Glass Package that adds rear doors with privacy glass, rear defroster, and rearview mirror.

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