- First spy shots of facelifted large vans undergoing tests
- Extensive changes to front and cab interior planned
- Load area unchanged but expect more tech and updated engines
Three of the elder statesmen of the large van sector are going under the knife before the end of 2019, as this latest round of spy photos shows a facelift is coming for the Renault Master, Nissan NV400 and Vauxhall Movano triplets.
In fact, the vans in the pictures are so heavily disguised at the front that it’s difficult to tell which of the three is being tested here – although, in any case, there's unlikely to be vast cosmetic differences between the three.
The spy photographers reckon it’s the Renault they've captured but the round badge in the middle of the grille appears (perhaps deliberately) to be something we’d more likely see on the Movano.
What’s new for the 2019 Renault Master, Nissan NV400 and Vauxhall Movano facelift?
It's quite difficult to say at this stage, given the cladding, but it appears the lights, grille and front bumper are getting a major overhaul.
The spies say that those changes are radical enough to also entail revisions to the bonnet and the front wings as well – which makes sense.
The sides (and therefore the load area) and the rear appear completely unaltered at this stage – though perhaps we will get some new rear lights for the production versions.
Any changes on the inside of the 2019 Renault Master, Nissan NV400 and Vauxhall Movano facelift?
It’s not easy to see in the photos but if you look closely you’ll see that much of the dashboard is covered up in these prototype vans as well – suggesting the cab interior is also getting a makeover.
The current cab design is practical but a bit past its best in terms of design and build quality, so it will be grand to see something a little more modern inside.
Any new technology for the 2019 Renault Master, Nissan NV400 and Vauxhall Movano facelift?
The current models are somewhat lacking in modern safety aids, so we can expect a number of active safety equipment to become available as part of the update.
Whether this also means these old vans will be shifted over to electric power steering, as with the latest VW Crafter and Mercedes Sprinter – and the updated 2019 Iveco Daily and Ford Transit – remains to be seen.
We also anticipate that the 2.3-litre engines will receive some fettling in order to help them meet the new Euro 6D Temp emissions regulations.
When do the 2019 Renault Master, Nissan NV400 and Vauxhall Movano facelifts go on sale?
The best info we currently have is simply before the end of 2019 – and we take that to mean more like autumn than summer, at this stage, so they're unlikely to be appearing at the CV Show.
We should receive more info on these new large vans very shortly.