Nissan Motor Thailand has just introduced the facelifted Nissan Teana, a few days after the launch of one of its key rival, the all-new Toyota Camry.
The current Nissan Teana with the model code of L33 has been around since 2013, and the company’s new V-Motion face has already been on sale in its main market of North America since late 2015 under the Nissan Altima name. In fact, Nissan USA has recently started sales of the all-new Nissan Altima.
The entire front end design of the new Nissan Teana has been replaced. A new bonnet and new fender panels are required to integrate with the new boomerang-motif DRLs in the LED head lamps and large V-Motion front grille.
18-inch wheels design in dual-tone finishing plus a new exterior colour called Radiant Red complete the facelift updates. There are no changes to the design at the rear, unlike the models in North America.
Nissan Motor Thailand has also fitted the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) driving assistance suite into all variants except the base XE variant.
The ITS suite consists of Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), and Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD).
Engine and Transmission
The new Nissan Teana continue to be offered with a choice of two engine power outputs- the 2.0-litre with 136 PS / 190 Nm and the 2.5-litre with 173 PS / 234 Nm. Both four-cylinder engines are mated to the Xtronic CVT transmission.
Another new feature that benefits the comfort levels of the new Teana is the Remote Engine Start (RES). Drivers can remotely start the engine to activate the air conditioning system to significantly cool the cabin before entering.
Nissan Motor Thailand has set the price of new base variant Nissan Teana 2.0 XE from THB 1,339,000 (~RM 169,000). The 2.0 XL is priced from THB 1,426,000 (~RM180,000) and customers who want an integrated navigation function in the 2.0 XL need to fork out an additional THB 50,000 (~RM6,300).
The flagship 2.5 XV Navi with all the bells and whistles maintained its price of THB 1,674,000 (~RM211,500). According to the article in Bangkok Post, the prices of the New Teana are slightly higher than the Honda Accord that is due for replacement soon.
Will we see this facelift in Malaysia? Based on our Carlist.my internal intelligence, we highly doubt so as sales of Nissan Teana has dropped significantly with consumers shifting their preference to larger and similarly priced SUV models such as the Nissan X-Trail.
The shrinking demand of D-segment sedans has also been seen by Honda as well as Mazda.