Used to be if you wanted a proper full-size van, you were looking at something made in Detroit. But just as the Japanese have taken on the full-size pickup market, so are they going after the big van segment. That currently falls to Nissan and its NV range, and the Japanese automaker is showing no signs of relenting.

After preparing the smaller NV for duty as New York City's future taxi of choice, Nissan has now launched an even bigger version of the van. The NV3500 HD Passenger Van (that's heavy duty, not high definition) is being built alongside its chassis-mates right here in the United States at Nissan's Canton, Mississippi, assembly plant, packing all the features and specifications you'd expect from its Big 3 rivals (or, for that matter, from the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter).

That means a flexible twelve-passenger cabin that can, with four rows of seating, be configured in any of 324 arrangements. There are two engine options on offer – a 4.0-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque and a DOHC 32-valve V8 with 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque – both offering variable valve timing and a 5-speed automatic transmission.

There's also extensive mobile office capabilities on offer, plus all the electronics you'd expect to find in a smaller passenger vehicle, and class-exclusive side-impact airbags for all four rows of seats. There's plenty more to digest in the press release after the jump, along with the images in the high-res gallery.
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11.08.2011 , FRANKLIN, Tenn.
Nissan Announces New NV Passenger Van with Enhanced Usability, Safety and Comfort; Set to Debut in Spring 2012

– NV3500 HD Joins Innovative Nissan NV Commercial Vans in Providing Dependability, Durability and Style, Along With a Low Cost of Ownership –

Just one year after its entry into the commercial vehicle business in North America with the segment-changing Nissan NV commercial van series, Nissan is expanding the lineup with the debut in spring 2012 of a new NV3500 HD Passenger Van. Offered for both personal and fleet use, the 4-row/12-passenger Nissan NV3500 HD features the most flexible seating configurations in the full-size passenger van segment, along with one of the highest standard horsepower and torque ratings.

"Just as we did prior to shaking up the commercial van category with the highly innovative Nissan NV, we first did our homework in the full-size van segment by studying the real-world needs, wants and desires of both families and fleet operators," said Joe Castelli, vice president, Commercial Vehicles and Fleet, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). "As a result, we're delivering a vehicle that offers everything owners are looking for – enhanced usability, driver and passenger comfort, flexible storage, dependability, durability and an affordable cost of ownership. Then we've topped it all off with signature Nissan style, performance and value."

The 2012 Nissan NV3500 HD Passenger Van will be offered in a choice of two engines, a 261-horsepower DOHC 24-valve 4.0-liter V6 with 281 lb-ft of torque or a 317-horsepower DOHC 32-valve V8 with 385 lb-ft of torque. Both engines include Nissan's Continuous Valve Timing Control (C-VTC) for improved efficiency and are matched with a refined, heavy-duty 5-speed automatic transmission. The Nissan NV3500 HD Passenger Van is built on a foundation of a rugged fully boxed ladder frame with independent front strut/solid rear axle with rigid leaf springs suspension, heavy-duty disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and engine-speed-sensitive power steering. Also standard is a 28-gallon fuel tank.

In addition, the Nissan NV3500 features SUV-like maneuverability and easy access for serviceability due to its pickup truck-like front engine/full hood design.

"First and foremost, as we've learned through more than 75 years of Nissan global commercial vehicle experience, you have to start with a durable, dependable workhorse platform and highest quality components," explained Castelli. "These vehicles go through more use and abuse in a year than regular passenger vehicles experience in a lifetime, so that was a priority. Then we turned our team of innovators loose on the usability and comfort aspects."

As a result, the Nissan NV3500 HD Passenger Van more than delivers on every key area of customer input, including:
- Safety – integrated seat belts for all rear seating positions; standard headrests for all seating positions; and segment-exclusive standard side curtain air bags for all four rows of passengers
- Seating flexibility – 12-person seating capacity with up to 324 possible seat configurations; large 1st row seats to optimize comfort, completely removable and repositionable 2nd and 3rd row seats; 50/50-split 4th row seat than can be partially or completely removed as needed
- Mobile office support – large center console with storage for laptop computer and charger, business cards, hanging files, pens and paper; available 120V outlets; seat wear patch; fold-down front passenger seat with underseat storage; no engine intrusion into the cabin area
- Enhanced utility – low step-in height, easy ingress and egress without intrusive seat belts (integrated into rear seats); wide door openings; rear 50/50-split French doors with 243? rear opening
- Comfort and convenience – rear HVAC system, available personal lamps for 2nd, 3rd and 4th rows; rear cargo lamp behind 4th row; available 3rd row 12V outlet; numerous cupholders and bottle holders
- Technology – available navigation system, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, telematics pre-wiring, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately); and integrated rear view camera
- Modern style – Nissan truck twin strut signature grille; pickup truck style front end design; large windows with privacy glass; styled-steel 17-inch wheels

"The Nissan NV3500 HD's styling is professional and rugged outside, and completely passenger-focused inside," said Castelli. "While you want to feel assured that there is room for all your luggage, for example, you don't want to be treated like a piece of cargo inside. We've found a great balance between functionality and comfort that we believe sets the new benchmark in class."

Three Well-Equipped Models
Designed to be affordable and to stand up to the abuse that full-size passenger vans face everyday, the new Nissan NV3500 HD is available in a range of models and option packages to fit a range of owner needs and uses.

The 2012 Nissan NV3500 HD is offered in three well-equipped models, the NV3500 HD S, the NV3500 HD SV, and NV3500 HD SL (V8 engine only).

A number of option packages are offered, including a Power Basic Package (S models only), with power windows and door locks; a Tow Package (V8 only), with extendable heated outside mirrors and Class-IV receiver hitch, wiring and heavy duty battery; the Power Basic Package + Tow Package (S-grade V8 only); and the Technology Package with Rear Camera (SV and SL only), featuring XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), 5-inch touch-screen SD navigation system, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System (standard on SL-grade) and RearView Monitor.

The new Nissan NV3500 HD will be manufactured in Canton, Mississippi and available through a select network of certified Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers nationwide. For updates and more information, please go to www.nissancommercialvehicles.com.


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      superchan7
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmm...no diesel option on a commercial vehicle?
        Making11s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @superchan7
        Ford dropped the diesel option in the E-Series, too. Apparently, the answer to "what if I want diesel?" is "buy used".
      tinted up
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really don't understand why Nissan is making product like this when have have other product that is lagging a development cycle behind it's competitors.
      Diz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda is applauding the 5-speed., and GMC wants its Safari cred back.
      You guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      It kinda looks like a giant Cube, with a Titan-ish front end.
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seeing it with the kayaks on the roof makes me wish they offered a 4x4 version.
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      ss1591
      • 3 Years Ago
      What is Nissan hoping to get from building vans in today's market? Both GM and Ford are bringing small 4 bangers vans to America and they build this? I think this is the Titan truck all over again and that has made Nissan money right?
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ss1591
        You might want to take a look at sales numbers for the Sprinter Van.
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        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        So what brand TV do you have? What make and model is your computer? What company names your shoes? I am all for buying American, but you sound like the typical clueless moron that thinks its perfectly fine to have 99% of your things built in China, but as long as you drive an "American" car, its all fine. Chances are you're too much of a fool to reply to my queries, but how about you look at where the vast majority of the gadgets, tools, clothes, appliances that you own are made in before you post up more stupid sh!t online.
        Timothy Tibbetts
        • 3 Years Ago
        LOL, buying American is almost impossible. While some are still built here, most have gone to Canada and Mexico. Eductate yourself? Read a window sticker, it's all right there. Decent read here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/21/automobiles/21intro.html Now I am curious what car you drive?
          Dennis Kfc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Timothy Tibbetts
          ford model T from 100 years ago, that was built by less than min. wage non union workers at the assembly line in sweat shop condition.
          tinted up
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Timothy Tibbetts
          @ Hazdaz A lot of people would prefer to buy American built products if they had a chance to. A lot of people buy New Balance shoes because some of them are made in America still. A lot of people buy a certain brand of computer because it's R&D and headquarters are primarily based in the US (though we don't have an American alternative for a whole computer). I don't know if it is necessarily dumb bastards buying up Chinese made crap as it is Americans buying American when they can but being forced into buying Chinese on other product because there simply is NO alternative. If there was some incentive (no taxes, government aid) to open production of some products in the US, then some products might be made here again. Otherwise it simply isn't cost effective to support unions, health care, and very high corporate taxes with production on US soil...
        clquake
        • 3 Years Ago
        And if you really think the money makes it to Michigan, then why is the state hurting so much? Corporate loop holes and tax credits do their best to make sure NOTHING gets to Michigan or the Feds.
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      Walt
      • 3 Years Ago
      From the article - "But just as the Japanese have taken on the full-size pickup market, so are they going after the big van segment." They have been a complete failure in the full-size pickup market, so now their looking to extend that losing streak to the van market? With every new vehicle Japanese makers put out, Domestic autos get better and better looking!
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        @Walt
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        Shane Gardner
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Nissan has no interest I'm quitting.
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      I feel sorry for the damage that did to the ugly tree it fell from.
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well I don't think it is going to matter much. Nissan isn't selling these things at ALL. Dealer supply is far, FAR beyond what it was ever planned to be because people just don't want it. It is based off of the Titan, which is one of the worst offerings in the segment, and the Titan (which the NV is based off of) hasn't exactly been a pinnacle of reliability. The Sprinter is walking all over this thing, as it should. I can't wait for the real Transit to get here either....
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        Side note: Aren't there any moderators on Autoblog that can filter out the moronic comments made by Sophia and the other obvious trolls that post on this site? It is getting REALLY annoying.
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          At least they banned Buy American Auto! and Uplanderman.
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          @NightFlight
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