Popular mid-size saloon gets design and technology associated with the American Altima
Is this Nissan Sylphy Senior?
You could say so, judging from the wavy lines the all-new Teana boasts in these first official pictures. Actually, Nissan has chosen to affiliate the Teana's look with the American Altima.
Although Nissan says the third-generation Teana is the Chinese look, expect it to look largely the same as the one for other Asian markets including Thailand.
Nissan hasn't shown a full view of the fascia yet. But, just like the exterior, the Teana's variation won't err from the Altima's, as seen here in a picture taken from Nissan's North American press archives.
The dark leather, alloy-like trim and long steering-mounted paddle-shifters point to a sporty look, although we'd wager that the beige colour and wood-like panel option will make it hard for Nissan to omit for Asian markets.
Has the Teana grown in size?
Teana’s fascia will look practically the same as Altima’s, pictured here.
Nissan hasn't disclosed any information on this yet. But a quick glance at the Altima's specs reveal that the body _ whose D-platform is shared with the Teana _ sits on the same 2,776mm wheelbase length as today's Teana.
But as with most other new cars these days, the Teana is most likely to be slightly longer, wider and lower in exterior dimensions.
Nissan is keen to point out that the Teana's interior seats have been redesigned for better comfort over long distances because that's what buyers in this class like.
That's the way. Has there been any technical news?
Yes, particularly the next-generation CVT automatic that now accompanies a 2.5-litre inline-four engine known as QR25DE. It develops the same 182hp as today's 2.5-litre V6, dubbed VQ25DE.
Nissan sources say the QR25 unit won't lose out in refinement terms to the VQ25 counterpart and will crucially gain on economy terms. The average figure in the Altima is 14kpl which seems highly credible for the Teana.
An entry-level 2.0-litre version for the Teana is also imperative given today's 2,000cc barrier in Thai excise taxation. The current block is the 136hp MR20DE.
Will Nissan join the hybrid fray like Honda?
Seats are said to be more comfortable than before.
Ah, you've already read our first drive report of Honda's all-new Accord on page 7 which will spawn a petrol-electric hybrid later this year.
If top players like Toyota and Honda are offering hybrid options, it would definitely be difficult for Nissan to leave the floor to its two key rivals.
Do you remember the Resonance SUV concept car we featured in Life last month?
It has a 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid engine that can be applied extensively across Nissan's model range in the upper sector of mid-size crossovers and saloons.
But the question is only when.
Nissan Motor Thailand is planning to show the new Teana with regular petrol engines at the year-ending Motor Expo before going flat out with sales next year.
Wavy front fenders ape that of the smaller Sylphy.
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