What is it?
Aerodynamic revisions, a wider front track, lower centre of gravity and a faster-reacting drivetrain; all the stuff you’d expect Autocar to write about. Only here it relates to a van, or in correct parlance a LCV (Light Commercial Vehicle), the Nissan e-NV200.
What’s really significant here is that drivetrain, those enhancements coming thanks to a battery pack and electric motor borrowed from the Nissan Leaf, making the e-NV200 the working class addition to Nissan’s push for greater electrification of its line-up.
While a couple of small pallets will fit in the back of the panel version there is at least a model with rear seats and windows. In the UK that will be the Nissan e-NV200 Combi, us Brits denied the plushest (relatively speaking) Evalia model, which brings MPV-like niceties such as picnic tables on the back of the front seats and proper plastic moulded door cards on the rear sliding doors.
UK-spec Combis start at £22,895 – or £17,895 if you want to lease rather than own the battery pack. Four grades are available, Tekna Rapid bringing the most car-like specification as standard, with alloy wheels, a multi-function steering wheel, auto lights and wipers and Nissan’s pre-heating or cooling CarWings system linked to your smartphone. Even it comes with push-stud fixings and rough material panels in place of those Evalia door cards and nowhere to picnic.