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NISSAN CARAVAN VAN: Which Version Do You Like for Used Car?

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First Generation E20 Model (1973-1980)

The first generation NISSAN CARAVAN VAN went on sale in February 1973. For the exterior, a distinctive feature was the black side molding that went around the body, and by installing a slide rail there, it was made less prominent. As for the chassis, instead of its being one that specially equipped the upper body on top of the frame, from the very beginning, the monocoque body was used.

Two types of engines were made available: the inline four-cylinder 1,483cc OHV, and the 1,567cc gasoline engine with 77 horsepower.

In 1977, the model was made to adhere to the 1975 Gas Emission Regulations. The 1,567cc engine was removed from the lineup, and the H20 1,982cc gasoline engine with 92 horsepower was newly installed.

In May 1978, minor changes were implemented to the interior and exterior designs. At the same time, the 2,200cc diesel engine grade was newly set up.

In April 1979, the model was made to adhere to the 1979 Gas Emission Standards and Noise Standards. Furthermore, as for the engine lineup, the 1,483cc gasoline engine was discontinued, and the 1,567cc gasoline engine was revived.

Second Generation E23 Model (1980-1986)

In August 1980, the second generation model was introduced. The outer appearance boasted a “Keep Concept” design, but an especially distinctive feature was a strong front grille design with a powerful presence. A walk-through function was newly installed; the user could pop up the middle seat in the front row and walk directly from the driver’s seat to the luggage space. Moreover, the “GL” grade equipped with power steering was introduced, further demonstrating an enrichment of equipment options.

The inline four-cylinder 1,567cc gasoline engine with 77 horsepower, the 1,982cc gasoline engine with 92 horsepower, and the inline four-cylinder OHV 2,200cc diesel engine were made available.

In 1982, the 2,300cc diesel engine was newly installed.

In 1985, in terms of the riding capacity, the 3-person, 6-person, and 9-person were added. Moreover, in terms of the transmission as well, the 5-speed manual was made available for the gasoline engine vehicles.

Third Generation E24 Model (1986-2001)


The third generation model that was introduced in 1986 saw further use of luxurious features and an interior in line with that of a standard passenger vehicle. To achieve this, the glass area was expanded, and the incline of the front window was sharpened.
The car body size of the 2.0 DX long high-roof measured in length, width, and height at 4,690mm, 1,690mm, and 2,225mm respectively.

The inline four-cylinder 1,952cc gasoline engine with 88 horsepower and 2,289cc diesel engine with 76 horsepower were made available.

As for the transmission, the options consisted of the 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic.

In February 1987, as a new body type, the super high-roof version boasting an increased total height of 2,400mm was added, marking improvements in storage capabilities. Furthermore, in October of the same year, the 2,663cc diesel engine vehicle with 85 horsepower, a 4WD vehicle, and super long vehicle (with total length of 5,045mm) were added.

In October 1988, the diesel engine options were consolidated to the 2,663cc diesel engine with 85 horsepower.

In August 1990, minor changes were made to both the interior and exterior. Front bumper air dams were utilized. Moreover, the “VX” that employs the same interior and exterior equipment as the passenger series Coach Silkroad was added to the lineup.

In September 1996, the 3,153cc diesel engine with 100 horsepower was added to the lineup, further improving running performance.

In June 1999, the flat-floor edition with maximum loading capacity of 1,250 kg and FR drive system was added.

Fourth Generation E25 Model (2001-2012)


The fourth generation CARAVAN VAN was introduced in 2001. The riding capacity lineup was carried over-3-person, 6-person, and 9-person. The body size was enlarged, measuring in length, width, and height at 4,990mm, 1,690mm, and 1,990-2,285mm respectively, further enhancing loading performance.

The 1,998cc gasoline engine with 120 horsepower, the 2,388cc gasoline engine with 140 horsepower, and the 2,953cc diesel engine with 105 horsepower were made available, to be combined with the 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.

In September 2002, the 2,953cc inline four-cylinder diesel turbocharged engine with 121 horsepower was added. Moreover, the driver’s seat SRS airbags became standard equipment, further enhancing safety.

In May 2003, minor changes were implemented that led to a design change of the front grille. Furthermore, a grade that was equipped with backdoor auto-closer was added to the lineup.

In August 2004, the GX grade’s backdoor handle was made steel, and improvements were made to increase the quality of the seat covers. For the engine as well, improvements were made on the 2,953cc inline four-cylinder diesel turbocharged engine; its power output increased from 121 to 130 horsepower.

In 2005, minor changes led to a renewal of the front area design. Moreover, the headlight labelizer was made standard equipment.

In August 2007, changes were made to the engines carried, and the 2,488cc gasoline engine with 147 horsepower was newly introduced. The transmission that could be combined was also changed to the 5-speed automatic; as such, fuel efficiency increased, measuring at 8.7km/L.

Improvements made in January 2009 led to changes that centered on the exterior, such as the use of colored bumpers. Additionally, the Super GX was made the standard grade, and the Super DX was discontinued, pointing to a reorganization of the lineup.

Improvements made in August 2010 led to a review of the two-row seating of the DX and improvements in loading capacity; as such, even when the two rows of seats are filled, it was made possible to load a 6-shaku (1 shaku = 30.3cm) plywood. Moreover, for the 1,998cc engine vehicles, improvements were made on fuel efficiency; they were subsequently certified according to the 2015 Fuel Consumption Standards and were subject to 50% eco-friendly car tax reductions.

 MODELDisplacementDrive SystemFuelLine-Up Year
1973-1980E201,483FRGasoline1973 - 1979
1,567FRGasoline1973 - 1980
1,982FRGasoline1976 - 1980
2,200FRDiesel1978 - 1980
1980-1986E232,000FRGasoline1978 - 1980
1,567FRGasoline1980 - 1986
2,200FRDiesel
2,300FRDiesel1980 - 1982
1986-2001VHE241,952FRGasoline1982 - 1986
VYE242,289FRDiesel1986 - 2001
VYGE242,289FRDiesel
VHGE241,952FRGasoline
CYGE242,289FRDiesel
VRMGE242,6634WDDiesel
CRGE242,663FRDiesel
VRGE242,663FRDiesel
VRE242,663FRDiesel
VTGE241,998FRGasoline
VWGE243,1534WDDiesel
VWE243,154FRDiesel
VPE241,998FRGasoline
VPGE241,998FRGasoline
N-KSE242,000FRDiesel1986 - 1986
Q-KS(G)E242,000FRDiesel1988 - 1993
N-VYE242,300FRDiesel1987 - 1993
KC-CR(M)GE242,700FR/4WDDiesel1995
KC-DRGE242,700FRDiesel
KC-VR(M)GE242,700FR/4WDDiesel
KC-VRE242,700FRDiesel
KD-AR(G)E242,700FRDiesel
KD-ARM(G)E242,700FRDiesel
KD-KR(G)E242,700FRDiesel
KD-KRE242,700FRDiesel
KD-KRM(G)E242,700FRDiesel
Q-CRMGE242,7004WDDiesel1990 - 1993
Q-KRE242,700FRDiesel1989, 1990
Q-KRGE242,700FRDiesel1990 - 1993
Q-KRME242,7004WDDiesel1989, 1990
Q-KRMGE242,7004WDDiesel1988 - 1990
U/N-DRGE242,700FRDiesel1987 - 1993
U/N-VRGE242,700FRDiesel1988 - 1995
U/N-VRMGE242,7004WDDiesel
U/Q/N-CRGE242,700FRDiesel
U/Q-VRE242,700FRDiesel1990 - 1993
Y/Q-ARE242,700FRDiesel1990 - 1995
Y/Q-ARGE242,700FRDiesel1987 - 1990
Y/Q-ARM(G)E242,7004WDDiesel1990 - 1995
Y-KR(G)E242,700FRDiesel1993 - 1995
Y-KRM(G)E242,700FRDiesel
KC-CWMGE243,2004WDDiesel1996
KC-VW(G)E243,200FRDiesel
KC-VWMGE243,2004WDDiesel
KG-CW(M)GE243,200FR/4WDDiesel1997
KG-DWGE243,200FRDiesel
KG-VW(M)GE243,200FRDiesel
KG-VWE243,200FRDiesel
E-CTGE242,000FRGasoline1996
E-KHE242,000FRGasoline1988 - 1993
E-KHGE242,000FRGasoline1988 - 1990
E-VT(G)E242,000FRGasoline1996
GB/GA-CTGE242,000FRGasoline1995
GB/GA-VTE242,000FRGasoline1995
GB/GA-VTGE242,000FRGasoline1995
M-VH(G)E242,000FRGasoline1988 - 1990
T-CTGE242,000FRGasoline1990 - 1993
T-VT(G)E242,000FRGasoline
Z-CTGE242,000FRGasoline1993 - 1995
Z-VT(G)E242,000FRGasoline
E-AEGE243,000FRGasoline1990 - 1993
E-KEE243,000FRGasoline1995
2001-2012KG-VWE252,953FRDiesel2001 - 2004
KG-VWME252,9534WDDiesel
LC-CQGE252,488FRGasoline
KG-CWGE252,953FRDiesel
KG-CWMGE25 2,9534WDDiesel
LC-VPE251,998FR/4WDGasoline2001 - 2007
KR-VWME252,9534WDDiesel2004, 2005
KR-CWMGE252,9534WDDiesel
LC-CQGE252,488FR/4WDGasoline2004 - 2007
KR-VWE252,953FR/4WDDiesel2005 - 2007
CBF-VRE251,998FRGasoline2007 - 2012
LDF-VWE252,953FRDiesel
CBF-CSGE252,488FRGasoline
LDF-CWGE252,953FRDiesel
LDF-CWMGE252,9534WDDiesel
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