The new Nissan NV200 Taxi for London will be on sale next summer, Auto Express has learned. The new Nissan taxi has been undergoing testing this year, with the final durability test phase taking place on the city streets now.
The Taxi is based on the Nissan NV200 van, but with lots of modifications to make it into a passenger vehicle of city driving - including a small 7.6m turning circle. You can find out all about the new car by watching our Nissan NV200 Taxi video review.
It will be powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine with either a manual or CVT automatic gearbox – and despite running on unleaded petrol, it’ll be cleaner and cheaper to run than diesel-powered taxi rivals from LTI and Mercedes.
The newcomer will undercut both of those cars, too, starting from around £30,000. We tried a prototype in August last year, but Nissan will update the styling - hence the disguise on the pictured London Taxi. An electric version is also on the cards if the correct charging infrastructure is installed.
The Glyn Hopkin dealer group has been selected to sell, service and maintain the NV200 London Taxi when it goes on sale in the second half of 2014. The car has already been launched in New York City in the US, but it looks like we'll have to wait to take a trip in this Japanese black cab.
Boot space in the New York version we drove earlier this year was huge, but we expect it to be down slightly in the wheelchair-friendly UK cabs – plus, our version will seat four rather than the US version’s three.