► Spicing up Nissan's e-NV200
► Chunky off-road upgrades
► Eco-camper for 'lifestyle enthusiasts'
Nissan has revealed a rather unexpected EV: a concept e-NV200 van called the Winter Camper.
Even before you know the details, the styling is head-turningly brilliant. Those chunky tyres and mountain decals make the Winter Camper look like the sort of machine The A-Team would drive on an Alpine adventure.
So, what is it?
The idea behind the e-NV200 Winter Camper is to showcase how a camper with both an EV platform and some genuine off-road ability would look. Nissan says the Winter Camper has been armed with bespoke upgrades such as a raised ride height and knobbly off-road tyres to tackle challenging terrain, although it's not sharing any figures beyond the 5400-lumen rating of the twin spotlights.
On the inside
It’s fairly standard camper van stuff here. An integrated kitchen, fridge, folding beds, insulated glass, and 220-volt power pack means you don’t have to rough it following your après-ski party. In keeping with the eco theme, there is a solar panel on the roof which will recharge the power pack.
Whether or not the Winter Camper actually makes it into production, it shows that Nissan is still prepared to stick its neck out and suggest that vehicles can be individual and fun. In the wake of the Fiat Chrysler and Groupe PSA merger, it would be easy to start worrying that an awful lot of future products are going to be differentiated only by their badges. But the Winter Camper offers a beacon of hope.