Those looking for a large people carrier with an automatic transmission will be glad to know that the Nissan Urvan will soon come with one.

According to Ramesh Narasimhan, president of Nissan Philippines Inc., the upcoming release of the automatic version of the Urvan Premium is in response to insistent customer demand. It is likely that the automatic will be the five-speed unit which is currently being used in the Japan-spec models. Beyond that, there is no word yet if the automatic variants will come with captain chairs or additional features.

Pricing of the Nissan Urvan Premium automatic has not yet been finalized. Narasimhan did say it may be Php 70,000 more than the standard manual version.

Nissan to add automatic variant for Urvan Premium line

In review, the Nissan Urvan Premium was first launched back in April 2017. Serving as the top-of-the-line model, it uses a high-roof body and measures 5230mm long, 1880mm wide and 2285mm tall. It gets color keyed bumpers, a chrome front grill and foglights as standard. Retained however are the 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps.

Compared to standard versions which have bench seats, the Urvan Premium has a 15 passenger seating capacity. Each seat comes with a lap belt for added safety and cupholders as well. For easier entry and exit, the Urvan Premium gets Sliding Door Closing Assist.

Driving the Urvan Premium is a detuned version of the 2.5-liter YD25DDTi four-cylinder turbo-diesel derived from the Navara pickup. It puts out 129 PS and 356 Nm of torque.