Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI) recently launched the latest generation of the Urvan that is expected to go head-on with the Hi-Ace of Toyota Motor Philippines Corp.
Antonio “Toti” Zara, president and managing director of NPI, said the all-new Nissan NV350 Urvan is the fifth iteration of the brand’s popular van that was first assembled in 1973 in Japan. The latest generation of the Urvan that will be marketed in the Philippines will be assembled at Nissan’s Kyushu plant in Japan.
Zara said the all-new Urvan aims to provide what the Urvan has been known for: generous interior space and worry-free ownership. He even said during the launching ceremonies held at the Marriot Hotel in Pasay City on June 17 that the all-new Urvan has a better and more durable engine than the one provided by the “other brand” for its vans. He referred to the other brand as starting with the letter “T.”
“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,” Zara said.
Nissan upgraded the engine of the Urvan to a more powerful 2.5-liter engine that is based on the same engine platform for the all-new NP300 Navara pick-up truck. This means drivers of the all-new Urvan now can rely on a powerful engine that can effortlessly pull loads of cargo and passengers even along steep, uphill climbs. The 2.5-liter engine pumps out a maximum of 120 PS and 356 Nm of torque.
From the outside, the all-new Urvan is wider and taller than its predecessor and comes with a larger grille at the front to allow more air into the engine that improves cooling efficiency. The Urvan configured for moving commuters can seat as much as 18 people.
Because Nissan stands firmly behind its products, owners of the all-new Urvan who use the van for utility purposes and will register it as public utility vehicles will get three years warranty with no additional cost.
“We’re proud to announce that this is the first time in the local automotive industry that a company provides warranty coverage for vans used for UV [utility vehicle]purposes,” Zara said.
The all-new Urvan will come in three configurations at the following prices: P1.18 million for the 15-seater; P1.196 million for the 18-seater; and P1.177 million for the three-seater cargo van.
Two standard colors will be available: 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.