Those buyers who remember the days before NV300 and NV400, will recall that Nissan used to call its mid-weight model Primastar and its heavyweight Interstar. In line with the new ‘all star line-up’ theme, these names have returned for the larger models in the range. The updates are more than a change of label however.
The larger Interstar will feature an extended range of 2.3-litre diesel engines, with power outputs of 110hp to 180hp. These will be available in light cycle Euro 6d complaint form and in the heavy-duty cycle Euro VIe standard. Offered in panel van, chassis cab, single and double cab, and platform cab formats, Nissan will also have a range of factory conversions on offer, including Crew Van, Tipper and Dropside.
Primastar gets Euro 6d compliant engines too, with the option of manual or dual-clutch automated transmissions. The vans also feature a range of ADAS systems beneath that refreshed exterior. This includes Blind Spot Warning, Lane departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control and Intelligent Emergency Braking.
No reprieve for popular pick-up
Nissan has confirmed that its Navara pick-up will no longer be sold in European markets, where engine emission requirements continue to grow increasingly stringent. However, with around 2m vans sold throughout Europe each year and 75% of Europeans living in cities, the company is keen to build its LCV presence. Indeed, Nissan’s aim is to double its van sales in Europe by 2025.
“By introducing the all-star LCV line-up, Nissan will continue to support business owners, today and for years to come. With versatile conversion options, the refreshed offering provides a solution to many business challenges,” said Emmanuelle Serazin, LCV and corporate sales director, Nissan Europe. “From the large tailor-made Interstar van, to the versatile and convenient mid-size Primastar and compact, innovative all-new Townstar, we’re listening to our customers and remain committed to addressing their evolving needs.”