Nissan NV200 London Taxi unveiled
The future of the London Black Cab, according to Nissan, is the NV200 London Taxi. A proposed replacement for those classic LTI cabs, the NV200 is said to be more comfortable, spacious and convenient, in addition to delivering better fuel economy.
Although the Fairway and the TX1 taxis are powered by Nissan-sourced 2.7L diesel engines, the NV200 London Taxi will use a 110-hp, 1.5L diesel and a 6-speed manual transmission. According to Nissan, it should offer a combined city cycle of 53.3 imperial mpg, up from the current TX4 cab's 35.3 mpg. That's 5.3 L/100km for you and me.
The NV200 taxi can host five adults; three on the rear bench, and two on the rear-facing fold-down seats. The front passenger will be removed to make room for luggage. Other thoughtful touches include sliding side doors for easier access and exit.
In 2013, Nissan will also be testing an all-electric e-NV200 London Taxi.