For the most part, vans are utility vehicles. They are purpose built to haul, be it people, cargo, or both at the same time. With its basic, straightforward design, there's really not much you can do to spice up a van's looks. But that isn't stopping Nissan from giving their NV350 a bit more flair.
Nissan has turned to Autech, one of the marque's in-house tuning and conversion divisions. Dubbed the Rider appearance package, the van gets a body kit at the front, sides, and rear. It's comprised of a unique front bumper with a deeper apron, side skirts, and a rear bumper kit, giving the impression that it rides lower than the standard model. Also, the signature 'V-Motion' grill has been ditched in favor or a bolder slatted grill which, curiously, does not have the Nissan logo. It does get a special badge at the tailgate instead.
While standard NV350 vans ride on steel-pressed wheels with covers, the Autech-enhanced version gets 15-inch alloy wheels. Also available are LED daytime running lights right by the fog lights. A rear spoiler is also optional for the NV350 Rider. If that's not enough, customers also have the option of applying decals on its flanks.
Visually, there are no major changes made to the interior, save for a few trim pieces. Leather, which is genuine according to Nissan, wraps around the steering wheel. There is also more leather on the door trims, at least for the front. One option that may prove useful is the upgrade to water resistant seats. This special trim is applied to the front and rear seats, which should also make cleanup easier in case of spillages.
Granted, there are no engine upgrades to report, but it's nice to know Nissan is showing their playful side even when it comes to utility vehicles.