Nissan NV200 London Taxi has retro face; debuts late 2014, EV in 2015

After winning the race to become New York’s official taxi (appeals and counter-appeals pending), Nissan has its sights set on the London taxi market with a heavily revised version of its NV200 commercial van.

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Nissan NV200 London Taxi
Nissan NV200 London Taxi


The most obvious change made to the NV200 is the fitment of a retro face, including round headlights and chromed trapezoidal grille, to make the Nissan look more like the current TX4 London Taxi. Nissan has also fitted LED lights to the taxi sign and ensured that the NV200 complies with all the regulations for London taxis (technically deemed Hackney carriages), including the requirement that all Hackney carriages have a turning circle of 7.6m or less.

The Nissan NV200 Taxi for London will initially be powered by a 84kW/142Nm 1.6-litre petrol engine connected to an automatic transmission driving the front wheels.

Taxi drivers will be able to purchase the Nissan NV200 London Taxi from December 2014. An electric version (also pictured in the gallery above), based on the e-NV200 van, will, according to Nissan, “be on the streets of a UK city in 2015”, suggesting that it will be trialled or leased in a smaller city.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]