All-New Nissan Serena launched in Japan - New design, new powertrain and more
The model will be sold in Japan this year while other markets have to wait till 2023
Nissan has officially announced the launch of the fully-revamped Serena in Japan, where sales of petrol-powered models will start this year while e-Power models are to start in 2023.
Equipped with more spacious seating, improved convenient utilities and the latest in cutting-edge technologies, the all-new Serena features the second-generation e-Power system, now equipped with an all-new, specially developed 1.4 L engine which promises to deliver a more powerful and smoother acceleration with less engine noise.
Also new is Nissan's ProPILOT 2.0 advanced driver assistance system which is offered in the e-Power variant, which enables hands-off driving (in a single lane on a highway at speeds of 40 km/h or above). As for the other grades, only ProPilot is offered as standard (not ProPilot 2.0).
The Luxion variant in Japan is also equipped with ProPilot Park with memory, which records and recognizes parking space lines, marking the first time this technology has been adopted on a Nissan vehicle. The Luxion also has ProPilot Remote Park.
Another first for the Serena and also Nissan is the Steering assist with forward collision avoidance supports steering when avoiding obstacles in front of the vehicle.
The Serena is also equipped with world-first energy management technology that controls when the engine turns on and off in accordance with vehicle speed, traffic conditions and the navigation system. Reduced engine operation contributes to a quieter cabin.
As for the interior, enhanced insulation further contributes to a quieter cabin, resulting in an easy conversation space, even for rear-seat passengers.
Nissan also revealed that various design and packaging approaches have been taken with the aim of reducing motion-sickness.
These include a wide, open view from inside the vehicle and an optimal display monitor positioning, all-new seat design that dampens occupant movement, a highly rigid steering wheel that enhances handling stability, and a vehicle structure that deflects crosswinds and reduces shakiness at high speeds.
In terms of its design, Nissan has made the exterior look more modern with full LED lights everywhere and 14 body colors to choose from, including four two-tone combinations.
While the windshield is the widest in the minivan category in the market, the all-new Serena features a switch-type shift for smart looks and ease-of-use.
Inside, highlights include a water-repellent seat material, 120 mm of addional driver legroom compared to the previous generation, a multi-purpose center seat in the second row which allows the vehicle to carry seven or eight passengers, as well as dual rear doors that allows easy loading and unloading.
When needed, just the small back door at the top can be used while the side passenger door comes with the hands-free, auto-open function.
Other useful features include holders that can accommodate a 500 ml cardoard carton, USB ports, onboard Wi-Fi, and a pre-cooling air conditioning system.
Air conditioning can be controlled by a simple, intuitive and innovatively designed touch panel, with independent controls for the driver’s seat, passenger seat and rear seats. An optional 100V AC power source (1500 W) is also available for e-POWER models, which can be used to operate electric appliances when outdoor or as a power source, especially helpful in emergencies.