2013 Nissan NV200 at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show
- Competes with: Ford Transit Connect, Ram C/V
- Looks like: A snub-nosed minivan from the '80s
- Drivetrain: 2.0-liter four-cylinder; continuously variable automatic transmission
- Hits dealerships: Early 2013
You may have seen the 2013 Nissan NV200 before, especially if you live in New York City. The compact cargo van was selected to be the Big Apple's next-generation taxi cab late last year. The model was also presented in an electrified version, known as the e-NV200, at the 2012 Detroit auto show.
Overall, the mini cargo van has 123 cubic feet of cargo space, which is 6.6 cubic feet less than the Transit Connect and 21.4 less than the Ram Cargo Van.
The NV200's diminutive size does have its advantages, though. Nissan says the model will offer the "best possible fuel economy and an affordable price."
The model comes standard with dual sliding doors, 40/60-split rear doors, a six-way manual adjustable driver's seat, power windows, laptop/file hanging storage and 12-volt plugs on the instrument panel and rear console area. Available features include a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, backup camera and a multimedia system called Nissan Fleet Tracker, which can be used for business logistics.
The model goes on sale in early in 2013. Pricing, fuel economy and power specs weren't made available at the reveal.