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Nissan reveals redesigned London taxi replacement.

Remember we showed you what the London taxi’s replacement could look like? Well, Nissan has revealed a second attempt at its interpretation. Shield your eyes. 

Nissan originally unveiled its Taxi for London, which is being touted as a replacement for the traditional London Hackney Carriage, back in August 2012. Feedback from the London Mayor’s office, Transport for London and other key organisations meant it was put back on the drawing board so that it could ‘better reflect the iconic nature of the traditional black cab’.

This redesigned model features rounded lights in the place of angled, straight-cut headlights making it truer to its inspiration. There’s also a modern take on the traditional cabby grille, LED illumination for the ‘Taxi’ sign atop the vehicle and new front bumper panels.

“Since we launched our Taxi for London in August 2012, we have worked closely with the Mayor’s office and associated stakeholders and interested parties to ensure that Nissan’s new cab not only raises the bar for both driver and passenger, but is also as instantly-recognisable as its legendary forebears,” Nissan chief planning officer and executive vice president Andy Palmer explained.

The new London Taxi uses a 115hp 1.6-litre petrol engine with 117lb/ft of torque mated to an automatic gearbox. Nissan claims the new engine is ‘far cleaner’ than a current diesel London taxi, with the engine producing 179g/km of CO2 emissions. The vehicle is based on the Nissan NV200 van.

Interior gadgets include air conditioning, reversing camera, panoramic glass roof and a rear heater with rear controls. There’s also 12v and USB charging points for passengers and Bluetooth connectivity for the driver.

Nissan took the time to announce it also has plans for an all-electric taxi known as the e-NV200, which it hopes to bring to a UK city in 2015 ─ five years ahead of 2020 target set by Boris Johnson for the development of a zero-emissions taxi.

Rivals to the Nissan NV200 taxi include the Metrocab, an electric cab with a small range-extending petrol engine. Trials of the Metrocab, which will cost as much to buy as a rival diesel TX-4 cab, will begin in early 2014.

Nissan intends to sell the NV200 Taxi for London from December 2014. No word on a price – we’ll keep you posted.

A bug-eyed beauty, or an ugly duckling? Let us know, folks.

Nissan Taxi for London pictures

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