Safety, styling and luxury are the watchwords for the latest improvements to the Nissan Terrano Van – with desirable features such as anti-lock brakes and a CD player making an appearance on the standard equipment list.
And what’s more, the price has only increased marginally, to a very competitive £14,125 for the standard model, or £16, 245 for the 3.0 Di SE.
Safety upgrades play a major part in the 2004 changes to Terrano Van. The entry-level Standard model now matches its higher spec’d partner by featuring ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution as standard. And the same goes for a passenger airbag. The SE trim sees further safety developments with the inclusion of side airbags as well as a feature unique to 4x4s in this class, ‘active’ front seat headrests which move forward and upwards in the event of an accident to provide greater support to the occupants’ necks.
The looks of the 2004 Terrano Van have been enhanced. But don’t fret. It still retains that distinctive rugged and practical look.
The Standard grade van looks even cooler now that the bumpers become part body coloured to complement the existing colour coded front grille. The SE, however, has been treated to even more goodies which will suit those who like to get a little car luxury with their van. For starters, the alloys have grown an inch to a butch 17" and robust aluminium side steps have been added. The front grille which used to be body coloured is now chrome. Oh, and metallic paint is now standard on the SE. And on the inside you’ll see that the fabric trim has been subtly upgraded and that the basic black centre console trim has been pushed aside to make way for a modern titanium finish.
With all these improvements we mustn’t forget that the Terrano Van has always been and continues to be a powerful, versatile and highly equipped 4x4 vehicle. Rough tracks and unfinished roads don’t phase the Terrano Van due to its sturdy ladder-frame chassis, high ground clearance and tough bodywork.
And talking of power, although unchanged into 2004, it won’t disappoint. Available with either a 2.7-litre TD or 3.0Di engine pushing out a hefty 154PS at 3600rpm, and 304Nm at 1600rpm, the latter can happily lug a load of up to 700kg and should you need to tow, it can handle up to 3000kg. With all this power feeding through the selectable 4x4 transmission system the 2004 Terrano Van must be one of the best ‘go anywhere, sturdy looking, value for money, extra safe’ vans available today.
As a quick re-cap
|Additional equipment - Standard||Additional equipment - SE|
|ABS||17" alloy wheels|
|Electronic Brakeforce Distribution||Aluminium side steps|
|Passenger airbag||Side airbags|
|CD player||Active front seat headrests|
|Remote audio controls||Body coloured bumpers and door mirrors|
|Remote audio controls|