The little black cab is to London what the yellow Ford Crown Victoria has been up to New York City. With the departure of Ford's Panther platform, Nissan has stepped in with its all-new NV200, which will soon be spreading like kudzu over NYC streets. It seems that London may also share the Big Apple's fate in adopting Nissan's new minivan as its taxi of choice.

The NV200 will scoot around London's tight city streets with the help of a 1.5-liter inline four, making 89 horsepower, but more importantly, returning 53 miles per gallon. That fuel-efficent engine also results in a 50-percent dropoff in CO2 emissions compared to the older cabs. It also meets the requirement of having a turning radius of 25 feet or less.

In terms of the rider's experience, the NV200 looks to be a vast improvement. The sliding doors provide easier access on either side of the vehicle, which has seating for five. The front passenger seat has been removed in favor of extra storage space, and there's a USB charging port located in the passenger cabin.

Nissan says its NV200 complies with all handicap regulations and has been approved by the London Taxi Drivers Association and disability groups, and that it will be priced "significantly below" the London Taxi Company's TX4, the current version of the UK's iconic black cab.

All well and good, but can it be turned into a hotel room? We shall see. Check out Nissan's new cab in the videos available by scrolling down.

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Nissan launches alternative to traditional London 'Black Cab'
Tokyo, New York and now London........Nissan NV200 is city taxi of the future
· Cheaper to buy and run, diesel NV200 model is 50% more fuel & CO2 efficient than most efficient current London cabs
· Huge reductions in most harmful NOx and PM emissions
· Fully electric version planned for 2014
· Fully backed by London Mayor, Boris Johnson, the London Taxi Drivers' Association, TfL, the GLA and disability groups
· Designed for greater safety, comfort, space, convenience and accessibility
· Performs vital 25ft turning circle

Nissan today REVEALS a new vision for the future of the London 'black cab' and its 300,000 daily users – the Nissan NV200 London Taxi.

Already unveiled as an official new cab for Tokyo and the exclusive New York City 'Taxi of Tomorrow', the new cab will pick up their first fares on London's streets in Spring 2014.
Currently there are only two alternatives for London's 22,600 cab drivers, the traditional 'LTI TX4 and the Mercedes Vito.

The NV200 will generate 50% less CO2 than the best current taxi model (139g/km vs 209g/km) – in line with Mayor Boris Johnson's Air Quality Strategy for London.

Even more importantly the harmful NOx (nitrogen oxide) and PM (particulate) gases will reduce significantly in line with TfL's and GLA's targets. NOx emissions will come down from 0.50g/km to 0.14g/km, important when 10% of Greater London's NOx emissions come from black cabs, while PM emissions, which account for 20% of central London's airborne pollution, will come down from 0.056g/km to 0.001g/km.

The NV200 will also be 50% more fuel efficient than the best current alternative, its 1.5 litre engine achieving 53.3 mpg (miles per gallon) versus 35.3mpg. The average London cab travels 120 miles a day, so it will see cabbies save almost £700 a year.

The NV200 will also be priced very competitively and significantly below the current equivalent, the London Taxi Company's new TX4 model.

It will comfortably seat five adults – three on a rear bench with two on rear-facing, fold-down seats. All will be able to admire the London skyline through the 1.2m2 transparent roof. Its sliding doors are much safer for pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles because they do not swing out to create a potential obstruction.

The eNV200 - London's first electric taxi - is expected to hit London's streets in 2014 too. With running costs estimated to be around one fifth of a conventional, diesel-powered Hackney Carriage, its launch will arrive six years ahead of the Mayor's target of 2020 for the introduction of a zero emissions taxi.

Nissan already has a respected place in the Capital's taxi history – its 2.7-litre TD27 diesel engine was chosen for the iconic FX4 Fairway black cab in 1989, which introduced improved speed, reliability and efficiency to the London cabbie's daily drive. The same engine also featured in the Fairway's successor, the TX1.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Current London taxis are very expensive to buy. If this one is much cheaper (as promised), and gets better mileage, cabbies will adopt it in droves.
      • 3 Years Ago
      better in black for sure
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank God!!! Traditional LTI taxis are being already marginalized by modified Mercedes Vito vans. And for good reasons. LTIs are poorly built, unreliable, have ridiculous mileage and emission and are expensive as hell. Uncomfortable for both drivers and passengers. The sooner they're gonne the better. Not to mention that manufacturing was moved to China after the parent, Manganese Bonze, was taken over by a Chinese investor. For the record, London is my adopted city but to hell with traditions that make everyone's life a misery. The sooner the traditional cab is gone, the better.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nissan better have some serious confidence in the reliability of these things under the duty cycle of livery service. If these things hold up well in this kind of service, they will be easily accepted by drivers and cab companies.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess the Brits can afford alloy wheels but the NYC cabs get stuck w black steelies?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog - we get the usual domestic hateraid stories, 3 alone on GM today - and then we get the usual Nissan and Hyundai cheerleader-wave-the pom-pom stories yet where is the story on the Mars lander "Curiosity"? It's a vehicle, it's on Mars and it's nuclear powered. How about a story on that vehicle? You know, try something different, like having some pride in your country.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boo and hiss
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's certainly better than the ugly monsters they have roaming the streets of London right now
      Kevin Chu
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully NV200 will become the Taxi of Hong Kong soon.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kevin Chu
          • 3 Years Ago
          Why hate on a way more fuel efficient cab? Not like taxis are made for their looks and besides, it's not even that bad looking. It's more bland than it is ugly.
          Kevin Chu
          • 3 Years Ago
          I dont think this van is ugly at all. And the space it has is perfect for taxi.
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is a good cab)
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      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool! I didn't know the NV200 will be a taxi of London too! With so many cities choosing the Nissan as their taxi vehicle of choice, that bodes well for its reliability/durability. Good, since we're about to take delivery of its passenger van version, the Evalia.
        Kevin Chu
        • 3 Years Ago
        The size of NV200 is perfect for taxi. More legroom, more cargo room, but not over. But how come the rear seats in London cab is more to the rear than the NYC taxi? It seems that it doesn't have that much space for luggage. Correct me if I am wrong.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kevin Chu
          They removed the front passenger seat to supply extra luggage space. The rear bench was moved back in the UK version to make room for rear-facing fold-down jumpseats and wheelchair accessability. In the US version, airbags for rear-seat passengers prevent the jumpseats.
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