The Townstar is available in petrol or all-electric variants and in a short or long wheelbase chassis. As with the new Kangoo, the Renault-sourced 1.5 dCi diesel engine found on the old Nissan NV200 has not been ported to this new model.
Townstar price starts at £19,755 excluding VAT. So you get the short wheelbase model with a 1.3-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 128 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque. Combined with a six-speed manual transmission, it is a disassembled version of the powertrain found in the new Qashqai, in fact, the new Townstar is actually on the same CMF-C platform as the family SUV.
Meanwhile, the electric version of the Townstar is Nissan’s successor to the e-NV200, and the brand has made several improvements to its engine and battery technology in an effort to make this new electric truck easier to live and work with.
Nissan says the Townstar’s 45-kWh battery provides a maximum range of 183 miles, and the Townstar’s electric motor has been replaced with a more powerful 120-hp unit, compared to the 107-hp model in its predecessor.
When connected to a 75kW fast charger, the Townstar’s battery will charge from 0 to 80 percent in just over 40 minutes. That’s a little longer than the 30 minutes it took the old e-NV200 to charge to the same level, but the Townstar features a larger battery. The truck also supports both 11kW and 22kW AC charging, although the latter is optional.
For petrol models, there are four trim levels to choose from, Visia, Acenta, Tekna and Tekna+ – each with different amounts of equipment on board. Electric models start at £29,945 (excluding VAT) and can be had in either a short or long wheelbase chassis. All-electric long wheelbase variants start at £31,245 in Visia trim and go up to £35,845 in Tekna+.
When it comes to carrying capacity, the Townstar’s 4.3 cubic meter load compartment has enough space for two Euro pallets. Both petrol and electric versions of the truck can carry a maximum load of 800 kg (600 kg in SWB form) and tow a trailer weighing up to 1500 kg.
Nissan says it has made a conscious effort to keep the Townstar’s design consistent with its flagship electric car, the Ariya. Therefore, the electric truck is powered by similar narrow headlights.
The gasoline model looks a little different, as it requires a radiator grille to feed the engine with cooling air. However, the truck also features active aerodynamic rotors to seal the front end and improve fuel efficiency when engine cooling demands aren’t great.
Inside, the Townstar features a 10-inch digital instrument panel and an 8-inch infotainment system, also lifted from the Qashqai. The last screen comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and buyers will be able to select wireless charging for smartphones.
There’s plenty of safety equipment on offer too, including trailer swing assist, hands-free parking, intelligent cruise control, and emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection. Nissan will also offer a 360-degree parking camera.
Every Townstar petrol version comes with a five-year/100,000-mile warranty. According to Nissan’s all-electric passenger car, the Townstar EV features an eight-year vehicle warranty and a 100,000-mile battery warranty.
Sales of the new Townstar will begin on October 1 for the petrol-powered version and December 1 for the pure electric version. Nissan says pre-orders will open from August 22.
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