2008 MODEL NISSAN CABSTAR
As the Nissan Cabstar remains a ‘cab-over’ layout, along the same lines of heavy trucks the payload area is better than most ‘traditional’ van-type layouts where the engine is in front of the driver. This also means that the overall length can be shorter – a real benefit for urban driving.
The Nissan Cabstar’s ladder-frame chassis is, again, more akin to truck design than van design. This means that building specialist bodies on the platform becomes a breeze, although avoid a Luton conversion, as the cab will need to tip up.
Although the Cabstar was designed in Japan, the van is actually built in Spain.
The obvious difference to the outgoing model, first seen in 1998 are the external changes to the 2008 model. The 2008 model Nissan Cabstar is 80mm taller and 100mm longer. My some magical design work, the overall length is shorter than the mode it replaces – by 4cm, but it could make all the difference in fitting into a garage! The width of the Cabstar is another strength – up to 15cm narrower than other competitors, helping drivers negotiate congested, narrow streets.
The final benefit of a tilting cab is the ease with which you can maintain the engine – the time taken can be reduced by as much as 35%, since the access is so much better than struggling under a bonnet.
The appearance of the current model is modern and looks like it means business., whilst the increases in cabin space will be welcomed by UK drivers. The interior borrows heavily from Nissan’s car range with controls on the dash divided into three groups – storage, IT and driving. The Nissan Cabstar can now tell you when to change gear, how economical your driving is plus warnings for maintenance.
Document holders and a chilled glove compartment plus a slot ready for a digital tacho, (handy if running over 3.5 tonnes or with a trailer are all incorporated.
A box on the back wall of the cab gives the driver much more space to put things and can be opened through a gap in the front seat or by folding the backrest flat.
New for the 2008 model Nissan Cabstar is the keyless entry, whilst an immobiliser is standard across the range.
The medium and long wheel base models get Hill assist as standard, automatically keeping the brakes on to give the driver time to get to the accelerator and get the clutch to bite.
All the engines meet Euro 4 using EGR to clean the emissions and common rail technology. Downsizing from a 3 litre to a 4-cylinder, 2500cc unit for the entry level 110PS has increased the power of this model by 5PS. An intercooled version bumps the power to 130PS, again 5PS higher than the outgoing model. Service intervals have been extended by 6,000 miles to an impressive 18,000 miles. Top of the range power goes up from 125PS to 150PS from Nissan’s 3 litre diesel uses intercooling, common rail technology and a variable vane turbo.
One airbag comes as standard, whilst Cabstar buyers can upgrade to a single passenger airbag too.
Nissan’s ready-bodied scheme is called ‘Good-To-Go’ – a range of bodied Cabstars that are backed up by the same warranty as standard production models.
Nissan Cabstar buyers can choose from a 3.5 tonne box van with payloads ranging from 1160 to 1422 kg and, depending on the choice of wheelbase, load areas from 14.3 to 19 m3 and load lengths from 3275 mm to 4375 mm.
Nissan’s chilled vans are available from the single cab only and have volumes up to 15m3and can freeze down to -20°C and are fitted with a Carrier chiller and freezer units powered by an engine power take off and a power standby.
The biggest seller is the tippers and dropsides powering the nations builders and roofers. Choose from single or double cabs and from the range of three wheelbases.
Dropside payloads top out at 1.5 tonnes with load lengths going up to 4.6m
Nissan Cabstars come with 3-year warranty/60,000 miles and 3 years breakdown cover.