Want to know what size the load area is in the Nissan NV400? Or what the difference is between front- and rear-wheel drive versions? Then you've come to the right place.
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The NV400 panel van comes in a choice of three wheelbases, three roof heights and four body lengths, depending on whether you opt for front-wheel drive (FWD) or rear-wheel drive (RWD).
As well as a panel van, the NV400 is available as a crew cab, combi passenger carrier, dropside, tipper, chassis cab and platform cab - so if you need even greater versatility Nissan can help.
This page focuses on the panel van range, all of which come with a full-height bulkhead and slide side door for the load area on the passenger side.
The load area also features eight or 10 load lashing points.
Front-wheel drive (FWD) Nissan NV400 load area dimensions:
|Nissan NV400 FWD||L1H1||L2H2||L2H3||L3H2||L3H3|
|Maximum load length (mm)||2,582||3,083||3,083||3,733||3,733|
|Maximum load height (mm)||1,700||1,894||2,144||1,894||2,144|
|Maximum load width (mm)||1,765||1,765||1,765||1,765||1,765|
|Width between wheelarches (mm)||1,380||1,380||1,380||1,380||1,380|
|Sill loading height (mm)||546/564||545/562||543/560||543/557||542/555|
|Side door opening width (mm)||1,050||1,270||1,270||1,270||1,270|
|Side door opening height (mm)||1,581||1,780||1,780||1,780||1,780|
|Rear door opening width (mm)||1,580||1,580||1,580||1,580||1,580|
|Rear door opening height (mm)||1,627||1,820||1,820||1,820||1,820|
|Load volume (cubic metres)||7.8||10.3||11.7||12.5||14.1|
Front-wheel drive NV400s have higher payload ratings at 3.5-tonne (3.5t or 3,500kg) gross vehicle weight (GVW) and lower loading heights than rear-wheel drive models.
But they also have lower ultimate load volume since the very largest bodysize is reserved for the rear-wheel drive platform only, which is also available at a 4.5-tonne GVW for heavier work.
Rear-wheel drive (RWD) Nissan NV400 load area dimensions:
|Nissan NV400 RWD||L3H2 SRW||L4H2 TRW||L4H3 TRW|
|Maximum load length (mm)||3,733||4,383||4,383|
|Maximum load height (mm)||1,798||1,798||2,048|
|Maximum load width (mm)||1,765||1,765||1,765|
|Width between wheelarches (mm)||1,380||1,080||1,080|
|Sill loading height (mm)||674/696||701/717||700/715|
|Side door opening width (mm)||1,270||1,270||1,270|
|Side door opening height (mm)||1,684||1,684||1,684|
|Rear door opening width (mm)||1,580||1,580||1,580|
|Rear door opening height (mm)||1,724||1,724||1,724|
|Load volume (cubic metres)||11.9||13.9||15.8|
Note that the L3H2 models use a single rear wheel per side (hence SRW), while the others are twin rear wheel (TRW). The twin wheels eats into the loading width, but means better stability for towing and heavier loads.
At the time of writing (November 2019) we don't have the payload ratings for the revised 2019 NV400.
But we can tell you that the maximum payload rating for the previous front-wheel drive version is 1,566kg - achieved by the L2H2 body size with a 3.5-tonne gross vehicle weight.
This is one of the most impressive payload ratings in the large van segment, though the NV400's Renault Master and Vauxhall Movano sister vans offer a wider range of 3.5t capable FWD body sizes; the smaller NV400s are only available in 2.8t and 3.3t variants.
For rear-wheel drive models payload drops to a max of 1,219kg at 3.5 tonnes, since the smallest van available with RWD is a substantial L3H2 giant.
The even longer L4 models available in RWD are also available with a 4.5-tonne gross vehicle weight, which will give you more payload capacity but can't be driven on a regular car driving licence.
If you're planning to do regular towing rear-wheel drive is the best choice in terms of both stability and capacity, as RWD NV400s are rated to tow 3,000kg (3.0 tonnes) on a braked trailer while FWD variants are restricted to 2,500kg (2.5 tonnes).
All NV400s can too 750kg unbraked.