The mid-size van is being offered in lieu of the older Primastar, and will go against the top dogs: Ford Transit Custom, Volkswagen Transporter, and Mercedes Vito.
Just like the model it replaces, the NV300 is actually not a new concept, but an adaptation of the products stemming from the joint venture between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and GM Europe, thus also including as family members the Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro and Renault Trafic. And because business marriages are usually successful, this second generation iteration has also seen Fiat partnering with the rest of the group – its contender being the new Talento. The NV300 is the final contender, and has the same allure as its brethren – save for a few casual details. The front fascia has the corporate “V-motion” grille and on the inside the only thing standing out differently is the badge.
The interior has a touchscreen infotainment system and there’s also a smartphone cradle, tablet dock, and laptop storage areas. The regular panel van is available in two lengths and two heights, ranging in cargo volume from 183.6 cubic feet (5.2 cubic meters) up to 293.1 cu ft (8.3 cu m). Power choices include outputs of 95 horsepower (71 kilowatts), 120 hp (89 kW), 125 hp (93 kW), and 145 hp (108 kW) thanks to a 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine, all mated to front wheel drive through a six speed manual.