Making its first appearance in U.S. trim, the 2013 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van is the latest vehicle to join the automaker's commercial vehicle fleet. Already on sale in over 40 countries around the world, this new Nissan is being positioned as a "right-size" solution for many small business owners seeking smaller and more fuel efficient alternatives to their existing work vans. Judging from its powertrain and dimensions, this more diminutive sibling to Nissan's full-size NV 1500/2500/3500 Cargo Vans is likely to see most of its competition from the new Ford Transit Connect.

To optimize it for U.S. customers, Nissan stretched the cleanly styled (0.31 coefficient of drag) body on the NV 200 Compact Cargo Van by 7.9 inches compared to its global counterpart bringing the nose-to-tail dimension to 186.3 inches while maintaining a 115.2-inch wheelbase. With 122.7 cu ft of cargo space behind the front seats, tall door openings -- including standard 60/40 split rear French doors --  that offer 53.0-inches of clearance and a low 19.5-inch load floor height, the NV 200 is capable of swallowing up a standard 40x48-inch pallet as well as carrying up to a 1,500-pound payload.

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Sole engine for the Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder than makes 131 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque. It drives the front wheels via Nissan's Xtronic CVT automatic transmission, and that combo earns 24 city/25 highway mpg ratings from the EPA. The suspension has been tuned to deliver car-like ride and handling while the relatively compact 36.7-foot turning circle makes it easier to maneuver through tighter city confines. 

Available in S and SV trims, the Nissan NV200 boasts a driver-focused cabin that allows for numerous custom variations in addition to its lengthy roster of standards that includes power windows, cloth seat coverings and a "Mobile Office"-style center console as well as a comprehensive array of safety features. Key options include NissanConnect Navigation with a 5.8-inch touchscreen display, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with NavTraffic, Bluetooth, RearView Monitor a rear-view monitor and privacy glass.

The 2013 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van goes on sale in April at 300-plus Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers across the country. Pricing will start at $20,985.


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