Nissan has revealed its new rival to the Volkswagen Caddy in Europe, complete with an electric option.

    Under the skin, the Townstar shares its bones with the latest Renault Kangoo.

    Unfortunately, Nissan has confirmed it won’t be coming to Australia.

    “It is exciting to see more electrified vehicle options being added to the Nissan range globally. We are constantly reviewing new products and its suitability for our market and our customers,” a Nissan Australia spokesperson said.

    The Townstar replaces the NV200 and e-NV200 in the Nissan range, and will be offered in electric form with a 44kWh lithium-ion battery pack good for 285km of range.

    Although the base model with 11kW home charging capability won’t have an actively-cooled battery, a higher-grade model with 22kW AC charging will.

    The Townstar electric can charge at 75kW when connected to DC public fast chargers.

    A front-mounted motor with 90kW of power and 245Nm of torque will be standard.

    A 1.3-litre petrol version with 97kW of power and 240Nm of torque will also be available in Europe.

    As is now common in the van segment, the Townstar will debut with a similar suite of driver assists to its passenger car siblings.

    Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise with lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and van-specific features like crosswind assist will all be available.

    An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the driver is faced with a conventional instrument binnacle.

    Towing capacities up to 1500kg, load bays with space for two Euro pallets, and versions with five seats are available.

    Along with the Townstar, Nissan has announced its global van range will be updated with new names.

    In Europe, the Primastar nameplate has been dusted off for an updated version of its rebadged Renault Trafic, the NV300, while the Renault Master-based NV400 has been renamed Interstar.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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