Nissan reveals new Interstar large panel van with all-electric option for the first time

Nissan has revealed the new version of its Nissan Interstar large van, which goes on sale later this year.

Sharing much if its body and engine range with the Renault Master, the new Nissan Interstar will also be offered in fully electric form for the first time, which has had a significant effect on the van’s aerodynamics – its curved roof, angular windscreen and almost flat underbody all aimed at increasing efficiency. Nissan claims is has 20% less drag than the outgoing model.

The volume Nissan Interstar sellers, for now at least, are expected to be diesels, all 2.3-litre twin turbo four-cylinder models with power outputs of 105PS, 130PS, 150PS and 170PS. A six-speed manual gearbox will be standard, with a nine-speed auto optional on 150PS and 170PS variants.

The electric model, the Nissan Interstar-e, will have a choice of two battery options. The flagship model uses an 87kWh battery, providing a range of 286 miles, while the smaller 40kWh unit, targeted at urban multi-drop users, will get a range of 124 miles based on WLTP standards. Both will have a rapid DC charging system, which on the larger battery model will allow up to 157 miles of range on a 30-minute charge.

All models including the Nissan Interstar-e will have a towing capacity of 2500kg. Two body lengths will be on offer (5.7 and 6.3m) with a choice of standard or high roof loading heights, with a maximum payload on the largest model of 22 cubic metres. Payloads range from 1125kg to 1625kg depending on model.

Safety systems play a big part in the Nissan Interstar’s appeal, with standard features on all models including Forward Emergency Braking, Sway Assist for towing, Surround View Cameras, a Drowsiness Warning Alert and Tyre Pressure Monitoring.

Up front, the cab is more luxurious than before and features a heated windscreen as standard, along with touchscreen and smartphone compatible tech, though UK specifications for the van have yet to be announced.

Nissan has said that a range of factory-built conversions, including Tipper, Dropside and Box Van, will be available from launch. Expect a pricing announcement soon, with order books due to open in the spring.

Nicolas Tschann, Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) Director for Nissan Europe, said: "Nissan's next-gen Interstar is the ultimate ally for essential businesses that keep society running. With an all-electric version, increased load capacity, and a diverse range of conversion options, we're delivering exactly what our everyday champions – the SMEs of the world – need to keep society running smoothly."

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Is the Mercedes Sprinter a reliable van?

I am considering buying a 2020 Mercedes Sprinter. It has FSH and seems to run and drive ok. t is £14,000+VAT and has 99,995 miles on the clock. Are these vans reliable? Will I reach 300k miles if I service it every year?
Based on the quoted mileage and the age of the Sprinter, it has covered on average just over 30,000 miles a year which is quite normal for a big panel van of its type. We've seen similar-aged Sprinters with much higher mileages and it's the vehicle of choice for all of the supermarket delivery operators, often covering 100,000 miles a year. Keep on top of regular maintenance and there's no reason why it shouldn't see 300,000 miles - there are hundreds of older Sprinters on the road that have achieved and surpassed that but maintenance and regular servicing will be key. If we were looking for a reliable van to do that many miles with, we'd definitely be looking at the Mercedes along with its sister van, the Volkswagen Crafter and potentially the Iveco Daily. The one you mention sounds like a good buy and a fair price if it's in good order.
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