When New York City announced back in May that Nissan’s NV200 had won New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow competition, the automaker had yet to finalize an interior design for the cabbie version. Five months later, Nissan has finally settled on a design and is currently previewing it to New Yorkers.
At first glance, the rendering doesn’t look radically different than the interiors of the Crown Victorias, Siennas, Altimas, and Escapes that already pick up New Yorkers. However, if we take a closer look, there are some key new details that should make riding in a cab just a bit more pleasant. For starters, there’s the flat floor. That may seem like a non-issue, but as one of the many who’ve been forced to sit over the hump in the back of a cab, that means no more forced fetal positions.
The NV200’s rendering also shows off the minivan’s transparent roof, which will prove convenient for New Yorkers because it means tourists no longer have to stop and stare up like turkeys waiting for a rain to see all of the skyscrapers; instead they can do it from the (relative) safety of the cab. It’s a win-win for all parties involved.
Another cool feature that Nissan’s showing off in the NV200 is the USB charging access in the passenger’s cabin. In the day and age of the smart phone, something USB charging while on the move in a cab is one of those, “why didn’t they think about that before?” conveniences that New Yorkers will surely welcome.
The other features Nissan says the NV200 will have when it hits New York streets in 2013 are mostly carried over from the current lot of Crown Victorias. They include passenger controlled rear-seat heat and air conditioning, a rear-seat entertainment center, and easy-to-clean rear seats, which (hopefully) means vinyl.
Nissan is currently showing off the NV200’s interior at the Nissan ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ Design Expo in New York City, which is open to the public this week.