2011 Model Nissan NV400
First taking the limelight at Hanover in 2010, Nissan’s largest van offering, the Nissan NV400 will be on sale from 2011. Striking in appearance, as are the van’s siblings – the Renault Master and Vauxhall Movano. Nissan claim to have borrowed the styling cues from Nissan’s rage of off-roaders – the Nissan Navara and Pathfinder.
The name of the van follows Nissan’s use of NV200 for the smaller panel van and NP300 for their base-level pickup. Expect the Navara to be renamed NP500 or something similar when next overhauled as the company has decided that all pickups will start with NP – The much loved Nissan Cabstar may also change to the name NT for Nissan Truck.
The biggest visual changes compared to the Master and Movano are to the bonnet, front wings, grille, bumper and headlamps. The huge Nissan badge takes over, with the honeycomb grille as a modern-looking backdrop.
According to the NV400’s lead designer "The bonnet line on NV400 is much higher than on other versions of the van," said Maeda. "This helps give a more pronounced and dominant front end. This, in turn, has allowed us to use a taller and broader version of the angle strut grille.”
"We have ensured the headlamp treatment is quite different, too. The grille and headlight assemblies have been designed as a single piece of architecture rather than a series of interlocking shapes to give that grounded, stable shape. The result exaggerates the vehicle's width making it appearing more dynamic."