Nissan NV400 dimensions (2011-on)

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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Nissan NV400 capacity & size

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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.

Nissan NV400 - load area with single wheel rear axle

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.

Nissan NV400 payload, weight & towing

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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.

Nissan NV400 - load area with twin wheel rear axle

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.

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