That is the sixth-generation (C28) Nissan Serena, which made its world debut in November final yr and is presently being showcased on the ongoing Japan Mobility Present. Pictured right here is the welcab model of the MPV, particularly one that’s designed with a deployable ramp on the rear of the automobile for simple wheelchair entry.
As you’ll be able to see, the wheelchair occupies the third row when the seats are folded away to the facet of the cabin, which is among the configurations that Nissan presents. By eradicating extra seats, two wheelchairs or one giant wheelchair can be fitted, offering clients with extra choices when transporting people who’re confined to a wheelchair.
This is only one of a number of welfare-focused variants of the Serena which might be bought in Japan, with different obtainable options being retractable facet steps, slide-up seats, an electrical lifter (for bigger wheelchairs) and extra seize handles positioned all through the cabin.
All this flexibility is made doable due to the spacious inside, which is packaged into an MPV that differs barely by way of dimension in comparison with its predecessor. The newest Serena measures between 4,690 and 4,765 mm lengthy, between 1,695 and 1,715 mm extensive, between 1,870 and 1,885 mm tall and has a wheelbase of two,870 mm.
In the meantime, the fifth-generation (C27) mannequin is between 4,685 and 4,770 mm lengthy, between 1,695 and 1,740 mm extensive, 1,865 mm tall and its wheelbase spans 2,860 mm. One motive why the Serena hasn’t grown greater is as a result of it wants to fulfill the scale constraints of normal automated parking programs in Japan (5,000 mm size and 1,850 mm width restrict).
Design-wise, the newest Serena seems to be an evolution of its predecessor, with notable design cues being a extra trendy tackle the model’s signature V-motion grille, which seamlessly blends into the multi-tier headlamps.
The final profile of the MPV stays acquainted, albeit with extra pronounced strains on the perimeters, whereas the rear sees narrower taillights that at the moment are separated from the reflectors – these hug the corners of the automobile.
The inside overhaul is extra substantial, as there’s now a digital instrument cluster that replaces the screens packed right into a binnacle positioned far up the cabin within the earlier mannequin. The brand new display screen forward of the driving force is visually related to the touchscreen infotainment system that’s now extra upright.
Different adjustments embrace extra discreet air vents, with these within the center tucked between the central touchscreen and a raised panel. The latter is smaller to offer more room to slip between the entrance seats, whereas additionally housing lit-when-on local weather controls and equipment selector buttons – no extra shift lever.
The Serena in Japan additionally will get ProPilot (autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise management, collision avoidance steering help) as commonplace, with increased grades getting ProPilot 2.0 that provides hands-free driving, ProPilot Distant Park and ProPilot Park with reminiscence operate.
In Japan, the Serena is obtainable with two powertrains, the primary that includes a MR20DD 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated inline-four petrol engine that outputs 150 PS (148 hp or 110 kW) and 200 Nm of torque. That is paired with an Xtronic CVT and a selection of front- or all-wheel drive.
The second possibility is Nissan’s e-Energy hybrid system, the place a HR14DDe 1.4 litre inline-three petrol rated at 98 PS (97 hp or 72 kW) and 123 Nm acts as a generator to cost a lithium-ion battery, which then powers a front-mounted EM57 electrical motor with 163 PS (161 hp or 120 kW) and 315 Nm.
The C28 is predicted to be launched in Malaysia, as a camouflaged unit was sighted close to Genting Highlands again in March this yr. Nonetheless, there’s no phrase on when the all-new MPV will go on sale right here, however based mostly on what you see to this point, are you trying ahead to it?
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