February 14, 2014 00:00 By The Nation 4,632 Viewed
Nissan has introduced the NV350 Urvan CNG, which runs on a bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) engine.
This is Nissan’s third CNG model in Thailand.
To address the growing demand in the kingdom for the alternative fuel, Nissan launched its first CNG model, the Navara CNG, in July 2013, followed by the Sylphy CNG. With the addition of the NV350 Urvan CNG, Nissan is ready to serve more customers who are looking for a CNG vehicle, company executives said.
“The increased demand for CNG vehicles in Thailand has created new opportunities for Nissan,” said Nissan Motor (Thailand) president Hiroyuki Yoshimoto. “With outstanding performance, more space and great fuel efficiency, we are confident the CNG version of the NV350 Urvan will provide excellent value in this segment.”
The new Urvan CNG is powered by a QR25DE engine, which generates 147 horsepower at 5,600 rpm with maximum torque of 213 Nm at 4,400 rpm. Engineered for advanced CNG operations, the vehicle includes new technologies, such as an advanced “floating-gas” injection system to maximise the efficiency of gas consumption and an advanced electronic system to effectively control the injection of gas, minimising noise created through the gas injection.
The new vehicle will reduce running costs by two thirds, compared to a conventional petrol engine. The Urvan CNG has two 100-litre CNG tanks with protective covering installed in the bed of the last row of seats. Its special receptacle valve is located at the fuel filler area, allowing customers to replenish CNG at their convenience.
The NV350 Urvan CNG is available in two models – a 12-seater version with automatic transmission and a 16-seater with manual transmission. Both offer a comfortable and spacious interior, with 18 air vents and a modern MID (multi-information display) function. The vehicle comes in five colours – solid white, brilliant silver, metallic grey, solid black and tiger eye brown – and is priced from Bt1.251 million.