Nissan referred to the NV300 in 2016 as a successor to the Primastar. Like the Primastar, the NV300 also shares its genes with the Renault Trafic, although the NV300 is of course based on the current Trafic. Renault put its Trafic on the cutting table last year and now it’s Nissan that is upgrading the NV300 in the same way. Nissan is currently only talking about a refurbished NV300 Combi, the passenger version of the NV300. Unlike the order version, the NV300 Combi is not available in the Netherlands. The additional client will undoubtedly follow later.
As with the Traffic, the entire front of the NV300 Combi will be revised. The refurbished NV300 Combi features completely new LED headlights that look much flatter and sleeker than the huge ones in the outgoing version. It doesn’t end there. The NV300 Combi gets a wider, more angular grille that descends lower into the nose. The whole thing is framed by a chrome-colored ornament which – quite strikingly – is a reverse variation of Nissan’s famous V-Motion theme. Nissan also offers the NV300 Combi a new bumper with more inclined openings and a new more curved bonnet. You should look for changes on the back with a magnifying glass. Nissan only gives the bus darker taillights.
The dashboard of the NV300 Combi is completely renewed. Here too it is done with the round and convex shapes. Although the front of the renewed NV300 Combi clearly differs from that of its brother Trafic, the Nissan inherits everything from its French parent. A now separate infotainment screen protrudes in the center of the center console. Under a row of pushbuttons and rotary knobs for air conditioning. The steering wheel and instruments are also completely new. The NV300 Combi is available in different markets with 5, 6, 8 and even 9 seats. The NV300 Combi also benefits from the arrival of new safety systems, such as blind spot detection, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control.
The NV300 Combi comes with three power versions of the 2.0 dCi diesel engine. There is a manual 110 hp variant, a 150 hp version which is available with manual and automatic transmission and a 170 hp version which can only be linked to an automatic transmission.
The Renault Trafic previously had Opel and Vauxhall brothers in the form of the Vivaro. Shortly after Opel fell under the wing of Groupe PSA, the Vivaro was replaced by a new generation based on the Citroën Jumpy. The Fiats version of the current Traffic, the Talento, is no longer in production. In Australia and New Zealand, Mitsubishi also has a Trafic variant on the menu: the Express.