Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd has just announced a new variant for the Nissan NV200 called the Nissan NV200 Semi Panel Van, which joints its NV200 Panel Van sibling.

The exterior size is about the same, but the Nissan NV200 Semi Panel Van trades some cargo area for a second row of seats just behind the front seats, which can fit up to 3 passengers, turning the NV200 into a 5-seater instead of just a 2-seater. Entry to the rear passenger area is via sliding doors that have fixed glass windows on both sides of the vehicle.

The cargo area now has a volume of 2.33 cubic metros and is accessible through the rear top hinged door. The floor height of the cargo area is 520mm off the ground. There’s all full headlining throughout the interior.

The Nissan NV200 Semi Panel Van is powered by a 1.6 litre HR16DE engine with CVTC valve timing, producing 109 PS and 152Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual. The van also has an electric power steering system. Safety features include ABS, EBD, and a single driver airbag.

The Nissan NV200 Semi Panel Van is priced at RM70,900.00 for Peninsular Malaysia and comes with a 3 year or 100,000km warranty. I wonder if ETCM will consider launching a window van (three rows of passenger seats) as well, since now they have a panel and semi panel version. The window van version is called the Nissan Evalia in Indonesia, and is marketed as a competitor to products like the Toyota Avanza or the Daihatsu Luxio. A taxi version of the NV200 with a 2.0 litre engine was picked as the new official taxi of New York City.