Nissan Townstar 2022.

Nissan Townstar 2022.

Nissan Townstar 2022.

Nissan Townstar 2022: another clone of the new Renault Kangoo, replacing the two models.

Nissan has unveiled the new Townstar heel, which differs from the related Renault Kangoo in the design of the front end and reduced engine range.

The Nissan brand lags far behind its competitors in the European LCV segment: last year, according to analytical agency JATO Dynamics, it sold here only 36,490 cars, while Stellantis sold 554,376, Ford 287,801, Renault — 265,488, Volkswagen — 213,038, Mercedes-Benz — 188,701, Toyota — 54,492 and Iveco — 51,338.

Nevertheless, Nissan did not give up and prepared to storm a class of heels with the new model which received full-fledged name Townstar instead of faceless index NV250 of previous generation (clone Kangoo last generation).

Townstar also is the successor of the outdated global model NV200, which the company Nissan developed on its own and produces since 2009, but the area of distribution of Townstar will be less — for example, in North America, the novelty is not worth waiting for.

Townstar is Renault Kangoo of the third generation (built on a modular platform CMF-C) which, we shall remind, has also its premium relative — the new Mercedes-Benz Citan.

But if Mercedes did a lot of reshaping of the original French model and gave the new Citan a unique interior, the Townstar from the driver’s seat differs from the Kangoo only by the logo on the steering wheel and other minor details.

Nissan Townstar 2022.

But outside the Townstar has its own design of the front, more angular and aggressive than the Kangoo. At the same time, their shape is the same as the Kangoo’s (by the way, the Mercedes-Benz Citan also has).

The company Nissan introduced at once a cargo and passenger versions of Townstar in a standard short body.

The Kangoo will also have an extended version, but Nissan has not said anything about a long Townstar yet. Nissan Townstar 2022.

The cargo version can carry up to 3.9 cubic meters of cargo (with folded front passenger seat) with a weight of up to 800 kg.

The 5-seat passenger version has 775 liters of luggage space. The Townstar does not offer the option of a «sawed-out» right-side B-pillar, which allows loading large-sized cargoes from the side.

At the moment, only one traditional engine is claimed for Townstar, namely petrol 1.3-liter «turbo four» with the power of 130 hp.

Nissan Townstar 2022.

Renault Kangoo has it combined with 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed automatic «machine» of DCT type (with two clutches).

Nissan has not said anything about the gearbox for its car yet. For Kangoo, we should remind, the 1.5-liter turbodiesel is also available in three power variants.

To all appearances, Nissan is betting on the electric Townstar EV with a 90-kW (122-hp) electric motor and a 44-kWh battery that would be enough for 285 kilometers on the WLTP cycle.

What the Nissan Townstar does not lack is the latest electronic driver assistants: automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, all-around vision cameras, auto-parking, etc.

Nissan Townstar 2022.

Date of the beginning of sales of Nissan Townstar in Europe has not been named yet, and in Russia, the new French-Japanese «heel» will not appear.

The Townstar will be produced at the Renault plant in the French town of Mobage, the same place where the new Kangoo will be produced.

Along with the debut of Townstar the company Nissan announced about the renaming of its senior commercial models in Europe: van NV300 (clone Renault Trafic) is now called Primastar, and NV400 (clone Renault Master) — Interstar.

As for the Nissan Navara pickup truck, it will leave the European market at the end of this year.

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