After announcing an incredible 2017 calendar year where they clocked just a whisker (five whiskers, to be exact) under 25,000 unit sales, Nissan is now setting their sights on another feat by taking on the Toyota Hiace Super Grandia (particularly the LXV version).
This is what they will try to do it with: the 2018 Nissan Urvan Premium S.
The Urvan Premium S was born out of direct customer demand for a more luxurious and more comfortable version of Nissan's popular van. To build the Urvan Premium S, Nissan consulted and initiated a collaboration with Atoy Llave of A-Toy Customs. They then proceeded to take the Urvan Premium and reworked the interior for much better comfort and luxury.
The 2018 Urvan Premium S is based on the updated Urvan Premium that was quietly launched late last year. The 5.3-meter long van features a 2.5-liter turbodiesel with 129 horsepower, 356 Newton meters of torque, and a 5-speed automatic gearbox driving the rear wheels. The updated version gets a new bumper, the V-Motion grill, and other new bits and pieces here and there.
The Premium S package also includes 15-inch alloy wheels, but most of the upgrades are to the interior.
Instead of 12 standard reclining seats that you would see in rear cabin of a big van, the interior was reconfigured to seat 8 (plus driver and the front passenger). Four can enjoy captain's-style seats that can rotate to face backwards while another four can occupy the last row. All the seats also feature leather upholstery while the high ceiling was also customized with compartment and lighting, including airline-style orange LED mood lights and dual overhead cabinets.
As for entertainment, the package for the Premium S includes a Pioneer 2-DIN head unit with a 7-inch touchscreen. The unit has Bluetooth connectivity, USB, navigation, and 4 speakers as standard. Passengers in the back can enjoy the DVD and movie file playback from the head unit with dual 10.1 inch headrest monitors from Blaupunkt. Also standard is a Blaupunkt rear-view camera and dashcam set up with reverse sensors.
The Urvan Premium S is actually a package offered at the dealers, and the cost ranges from PhP 400,000 to 450,000 on top of the sticker price of the Urvan Premium; the price range depends on the customer's preferences. Those who would want to avail of it will have to acquire a vehicle first, and then order the package.
Surprisingly, Nissan says conversion to a Premium S will only take one day.
Below are the official 2018 prices (with excise taxes) of the Urvan Premium and the Premium S.
2018 Urvan Premium 5MT – PhP 1,776,000
2018 Urvan Premium 5AT – PhP 1,836,000
2018 Urvan Premium 5MT with Premium S conversion – PhP 2,176,000 to 2,226,000
2018 Urvan Premium 5AT with Premium S conversion – PhP 2,236,000 to 2,286,000