The New Nissan Urvan Premium Goes Bigger — and Definitely Better

Cherryl Anne Cruz

Nissan Urvan may almost share the same name after a village in Azerbaijan (Urva), but from where it’s going right now, it really should be named after those enterprising Filipinos who use this popular van to transport thousands of daily commuters on the road.

Practical and convenient, the Urvan does a really good job of blending in instead of standing out. But with the new Urvan Premium recently introduced by Nissan Philippines, we now find a more self-assured vehicle that offers a touch of class and sophistication than its more laid-back sibling.

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What’s it like outside?

Strutting head-on with a V-shaped angled chrome grille and more dynamic headlamps, the Nissan Urvan Premium has a more modernized feel to its front and side lines. It measures 5,230mm in length and 2,285mm in height. Much longer and wider compared to the standard Urvan NV350, this variant adds around 200 mm more in width, and 200 mm in height compared to its 15- and 18- seat variants.

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Its high-roof body adds some vertical heft in it, although we’re a bit concerned it might be too tall to fit in some of the more claustrophobic car parks in malls. Still, we can’t help but say that the added roof height is quite striking, especially when viewed from afar.

Urvan Premium is equipped with front fog lamps and multi-reflector halogen headlamps, with a 2-speed intermittent washer and rear window defoggers that come with a timer. There are also color-keyed bumpers at the front and rear of the van.

What’s it like inside?

It’s easier to enter and exit the Urvan Premium, since it offers a really wide sliding door on the passenger side that measures around 1,580 mm. There’s also a rear step board, with added grips and a hand rail as soon as you enter the vehicle. What’s more, it has a special feature called the “Door Closure Assist” that allows you to close the car firmly without too much effort.

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The cabin is spacious — something we expect of all vans in its class. Yet, there’s definitely more room to stretch out your legs, thanks to a much wider aisle. It’s also tall enough for a 5’4” passenger to stand completely upright, making it comfortable for the petite ones to move (and prance) about.

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You’ll get 15 seats covered in nicely-textured suede-like fabric seats (technically called Tricot Fabric) with grey-colored headrests. All are neatly organized in four rows in the rear cabin, with 14 adjustable air conditioning vents positioned along each of the seats to keep everyone cool.

A two-toned dashboard offers a more spacious front cabin, which enhances a feeling of width and roominess inside.

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How powerful is it?

The Urvan Premium’s only transmission is a 5-speed manual, with a 2.5 liter turbo diesel engine that churns out 129 hp at 3,200 rpm and 356 Nm of torque. It shares the same powertrain with the multi-awarded NV300 Navara.

How Safe Is It?

Urvan Premium offers the following safety features: Load Sensing Valves, Panic Alarm, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), and Brake Assist. It offers Front SRS airbags on the driver and passenger side, plus a seat-belt reminder and a child-proof lock.

What are Some Added Features?

Here’s the good news for business owners: The Urvan Premium offers a very generous warranty coverage for businesses, which means that they can have it serviced for the first 3 years or 100,000 kms (whichever comes first) for FREE.

This van will be available this June, with a price tag of P1,650,000. It comes in three colors: Tiger Eye Brown, Black Obsidian, and Alpine White.

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