2012 Nissan NV Passenger Van Arrives for “Church Van” Duties

By Jacob Brown | November 08, 2011
Consider the 2012 Nissan NV3500 HD a godsend—at least if you’re a holy roller in need of a new set of wheels. If you’re fed up with the establishment of available church vans and you long for something else, Nissan now has a 12-passenger version of its full-size NV van. That may not be enough seating for the Duggar family, but most others should be able to make do without much issue. Equipped with the same powerful 4.0-liter V-6 with 261 horsepower or available 317-horsepower 5.6-liter V-8 as the cargo vans, the NV3500 HD Passenger Van should have no problem hauling a group of spritely missionaries off to a cabin by a lake for a weekend to sing by a campfire. All of that power is routed through a five-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels. Nissan’s holding itself holier than thou by way of its design features. Unlike snub-nosed vans where the front passengers practically sit on top of the engine, Nissan utilized a truck-like front that doesn’t intrude on front passenger leg space. Nissan claims that its design also makes servicing the NV easier because technicians no longer have to reach into the gates of hell to replace parts underneath where the driver and front passenger sit.
The NV Passenger van also has a 50/50 split rear bench that comes out in pieces. Anyone who has ever taken seats out of a full-size van should praise the lord for that much-needed addition. Other key features include mobile office support with storage and 120-volt electricity outlets, available rear HVAC controls for third- and fourth-row passengers, Bluetooth hands-free calling, and an available rearview camera. It will also be able to tow between 7000 and 9500 pounds depending on how it’s equipped. The Nissan NV3500 HD Passenger Van will come in V6 S, V6 SV, V8 S, V8 SV, and V8 SL models, each featuring different levels of equipment and amenities. Pricing will be announced closer to its spring 2012 introduction. Source: Nissan