The new 2014 Nissan Teana has been unveiled in China by the Dongfeng-Nissan joint venture and from what we can see, Nissan’s latest D-segment contender is heavily based on the North American Nissan Altima, a sign that Nissan is probably merging it’s D-segment line-up into a single world car.
The new Nissan Teana’s styling draws many design cues from the new model Nissan Sylphy that was unveiled in 2012. The car looks much more dynamic, with sweptback Nissan 370Z style headlamps and an Infiniti-like muscular body. There’s plenty of chrome on the Teana compared to the USDM Altima.
This is the only shot of the interior we have so far, which in this case is black leather with metallic accents. I’m sure there are other colour combinations that include beige leather and brown wood as well. The seats are said to be ‘zero-gravity inspired’, which I suppose is a new take on describing comfort level.
The Chinese market car is powered by a 2.5 litre engine mated to a CVT. Curiously, the 2.5 litre motor is the four cylinder QR25DE instead of the smooth VQ-family 2.5 litre V6 motor that’s in the current generation Teana available in Malaysia. This probably takes after the fact that the QR25DE is what Nissan has traditionally used as a 2.5 litre offering in the US in the Altima. Are we saying goodbye to one of the last remaining V6 motors in the non-luxury D-segment?