Transporting people and their stuff from one place to another has long been a prosaic chore, usually requiring nothing more than a utilitarian van to meet the requirement. That is, until Nissan came out with the Urvan, which became a hit with the general public for its major advantages.
Since its inception in Japan in 1973, the Urvan has undergone five iterations ever since. Here in the Philippines, the Urvan made its presence felt, both for family use and in the public transport sector.
“Shuttle operators preferred the Urvan for its proven reliability, passenger comfort and strong air-conditioning system, flexible loading and seating capacity for both cargo and passenger,” said Antonio Zara, President and Managing Director of Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI).
And now, there is more reason to rejoice, as NPI introduces the latest generation van, the all-new NV350 Urvan. Designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, shuttle operators, and family users, the 5th generation NV350 Urvan sports an overhaul to its design and key features, making this vehicle a strong contender in the commercial van class.
For one, Nissan upgraded its engine into a powerful 2.5L engine, based on the same engine platform used for the all-new NP300 Navara pickup truck. This means that drivers now can rely on a powerful engine that can effortlessly pull loads of cargo and passengers even on steep, uphill climbs, like on a family weekend trip to Tagaytay or Baguio. No more switching off the air-con while traversing mountain passes, or overtaking slow trucks on the highway, with the speed and power now at your fingertips!
With the advanced technologies applied to the all-new NV350 Urvan, one can expect a much improved fuel efficiency. A shift indicator on the dashboard gives visual cues to the driver when to shift, thereby maximizing the power of the drive train without wasting a drop of fuel — definitely good news, in the face of fluctuating gas prices and unpredictable traffic conditions. Plus, it makes the dream of long-distance land travel to places like Ilocos or Sagada become real for families looking to explore more of the Philippines.
Riding comfort and safety
The sight of passengers fanning themselves while taking a ride becomes passé in the face of the improved air-conditioning design for passenger ride comfort. Now, even passengers in the rear cabin of the all-new NV350 Urvan can enjoy the vaunted Nissan cool air experience via the individual vents mounted on twelve points off-center on the van’s ceiling. Now, passengers will no longer hog the vents all to themselves.
Inside the smart cockpit, both the driver and front passengers alike will immediately feel the spacious freedom of the extra legroom and elbow room afforded by the redesigned interior space. Looking at the dashboard, the multi-faceted display clearly show all the driving stats at a glance. The shift selector’s move onto the instrument panel board makes it easier for the driver to reach to when changing gears while at the same time, freeing up the floor area to create more space to stow bags in. The steering wheel features a movable range for tilt, while the driver’s seat allows him to adjust the extent of the slide distance, for maximum driving comfort.
Families will also be glad to learn that Nissan takes the issue of safety seriously. With the all-new NV350 Urvan, both the front and sides are protected via the zone body impact zones. In cases of collision, the energy is absorbed and dissipated, lessening the effects on the passengers. Supplementing this are seatbelts and airbag provisioning for the driver and front passengers; a high-mounted stop lamp LED that is mounted over the rear cargo door as additional visual warning; a load-sensing valve that provides reliable braking power whether the van is full or empty; and child-safety locks installed as standard features.
Form-wise, the all-new NV350 also sports a clean and modern form, with a shortened overhang and an aerodynamic side view with the removal of the side roof drip channel. Other visual enhancements include an angled strut front grille with sharply angled halogen headlights, leading to a leaner look, and a squared rear design that emphasizes the roomy impression of its cargo space. Rounding off the external looks are the flush side windows as well as the chrome rear emblem and 15-inch wheel covers.
And because Nissan firmly stands behind its products, customers are assured of unwavering after-sales attention and quality service, the Nissan way. Owners of the all-new NV350 Urvan will get to enjoy a wide array of services and privileges offered by the Nissan Customer Assistance Center (NCAC) that can be reached through its hotline 407-65-93. In addition, with the Alagang Nissan program, owners can avail of affordable parts servicing of their all-new NV350 Urvan in dedicated dealerships nationwide. Those who will use the all-new NV350 Urvan for utility purposes and will be registered as PUV will get to enjoy three years manufacturer’s warranty with no additional cost. “We’re proud to announce that this is a first in the local automotive industry, to provide warranty coverage for vans used for UV purposes,” Zara said.
Pricing and variants
The all-new NV350 Urvan will be made available starting June 15, in the following configurations and pricing:
- Nissan NV350 Urvan 15-seater - PhP 1.183M
- Nissan NV350 Urvan 18-seater - PhP 1.196M
- Nissan NV350 Urvan 3-seater cargo - PhP 1.177M
The all-new NV350 Urvan will come in standard colors of Brilliant Silver and Alpine White. Special colors such as Precision Grey, Black Obsidian and Tiger Eye Brown can also be arranged for delivery, with a three month lead time.