Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI) has just unveiled a new, top of the line variant of the Urvan. Dubbed the Urvan Premium, it comes with more amenities and convenience features, while maintaining a 15-seat capacity.
The most notable difference between the standard 15-seater models and the Premium is its body. This range-topping van uses the high-roof body. The Urvan Premium's body is also longer and wider than the standard NV350 models. It measures 5,230 mm long, 1,880 mm wide and 2,285 mm tall, making it over 500 mm longer, nearly 200 mm wider and and almost 200 mm taller than standard 15-seat and 18-seat variants.
It also gets color-keyed bumpers at the front and rear, which are unpainted in the lesser models. Along with that, the Premium gains a chrome grill, as well as a pair of foglights. Meanwhile, the headlights and tail lights are carried over from the standard van, as well as the 15-inch steel rims with wheel covers. The Urvan premium is available in three colors, namely Alpine White, Black Obsidian and Tiger Eye Brown.
With the bigger body, NPI says passengers benefit from more space while retaining a seat layout that offers even more legroom plus a wider aisle. It packs five rows of seats (front included) all in all plus storage bins on the left-hand interior panel. To keep the occupants cool, there are a total of 14 air-conditioning vents with independent control at the back. The lower instrument box is also chilled for more convenience. For easier entry and exit in the Urvan Premium, Nissan has equipped it standard with Sliding Door Closing Assist.
As for its engine, it is carried over from the low-roof Urvans, which is the familiar 2.5-liter, variable-geometry turbo diesel mill. Internally known as the YD25DDTi, it produces 129 PS and 356 Nm of torque. The lone transmission option is a five-speed manual. Safety equipment includes Load Sensing Valves, Anti-lock Brakes, Brake Assist and dual airbags. All passengers at the back get two-point seatbelts.
The 2017 Nissan Urvan Premium starts at Php 1,650,000.