Has It Got The Knowledge?
The Nissan NV200 London Taxi has been tested and honed over the past year, all in preparation for this – it's road debut.
Whilst engineers have been fine tuning the schematics under the hood, at the same time designers in Paddington have been applying such finishing touches to create what will surely become an iconic new exterior for the Nissan NV200, specifically developed to give this cab the London look.
And now that the Nissan NV200 Taxi has finally been put to the ultimate test – the sprawling and unforgiving streets of London – what's the verdict?
Nissan NV200 – A Brighter Tomorrow
With their London Taxi, Nissan wanted set out to develop the most reliable, fuel-efficient and user-friendly cab the city has ever seen. Though based on the Nissan NV200 compact van, the vehicle has been given a dramatic facelift to provide an optimum experience for passengers, drivers and other road-users.
With its 25ft turning circle, it complies with all Transport for London (TfL) regulations, but its 1.6 litre petrol engine makes it immediately more environmentally-friendly than any other black cab currently found on the streets of London.
Thanks to its sliding doors, there's safe and easy access to its spacious five-passenger interior. Other features include rear air-conditioning, plug-in ports for charging laptops and smartphones and, best of all, a glass-roof. Sightseers rejoice!
Nissan NV200 – The Best London Taxi Ever
Though undoubtedly an appealing prospect as is, the Nissan NV200 Taxi spotted cruising the streets of London is by no means the finished product. You'll notice it's still very much “under wraps”. The final look will be unveiled at an event before the end of the year.
With sales beginning in the second half of 2014, there also remains plenty of time for testing and evaluation. But most exciting of all is the talk of an all-electric version of the Nissan NV200 Taxi. Watch this space.
Though taxi versions of the Nissan NV200 have already graced the streets of Tokyo, Barcelona and New York, great pains have been taken to ensure that the model looks every bit like a London Taxi.
Job done, as surely you'll agree. It fits right in.