Nissan has won the bid for making the Taxi of Tomorrow. The NV200 Taxi is based on the Nissan NV Compact Car, but with a few taxi-specific features.
The passengers will get separate climate controls to make their taxi experience entirelytheir own. They will also have a large display for infotainment viewing, as well as a credit card slot for easy payment.
In addition to the separate climate controls, passengers can utilize two USB ports and a 12-volt outlet for charging mobile devices on the go.
The Nissan NV200 Taxi has a 2.0L 4 cylinder engine and gets 24mpg/combined. It does not have a ton of power, but provides a comfortable drive and will surely fit in well in the busy environment of the Big Apple.
When the low-effort sliding doors are open, the rear passenger light is illuminated. Much like a yellow flashing light of a school bus, this is to alert drivers that a person is exiting. That seems to be a particularly helpful feature.
There is also a "Call 911" light at the top. This is controlled by a switch on the drivers dash.
When the doors open, you are greated with much more leg room than any Crown Victoria. The Taxi seats 4 total: 3 in back and one up front.
Right over the drivers shoulder is the intercom system. The plexi-glass partition doesn't make it impossible to hear, but the intercom makes communication easier. Driver and passenger can activate or deactivate the intercom with a flick of the switch.
If the passengers want to get some fresh air or the party went a little long, there is a small window on each sliding door. It opens pretty easily to allow some fresh air into the cabin.
A great feature for easy in and out is this electric step that moves out when the door is opened.
A newly designed light for the taxi number and on duty indicators look like a small Alien craft has landed on the roof, but it looks like Nissan took everything into account for fuel mileage and efficiency.
I almost forgot another great feature; the passenger section has a panoramic roof for viewing of the incredible New York atmosphere. You can get a peak of the roof in the shot.
In summary, enjoy the legroom; don't talk bad about the driver because he could turn the intercom on! :)
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