Nissan North America Inc. will expand its cargo van into a people hauler next spring when it introduces the NV3500 HD passenger van.
The 12-passenger van will have four rows of seats and offer two engine options, a 317-hp V-8 with 385 pounds-feet of torque or a 261-hp 4.0-liter V-6 with 281 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines will be paired with a five-speed automatic transmission.
The 2012 model van will be marketed largely to fleet customers such as airport and hotel shuttle operators.
It is the latest in Nissan's efforts to gain a foothold in the U.S. commercial vehicle market.