The Nissan Grand Livina facelift was introduced to the Indonesian market this week and as we reported earlier, the updated MPV gets new engine and gearbox options. The launch has confirmed that the new X-Tronic CVT transmission is only available on the revised 1.5 litre engine, while the 1.8 litre variant soldiers on with the existing four-speed auto ’box.
A Nissan Motor Indonesia official explained that the older 1.8 litre motor had always been intended to use the conventional transmission, with no plans yet to offer it with a CVT. He also cites that the new, more efficient HR15DE 1.5 litre engine is the ideal powerplant for the MPV, at least for the Indonesian market, hence the decision to pair it with a new transmission.
In Malaysia the pre-facelift Nissan Grand Livina uses either a 1.6 or 1.8 litre engine, both with four-speed automatic transmissions. We suppose the latter will stay on unchanged, but the question remains whether Nissan will adopt the new 1.5 litre/CVT combination for the more affordable variant.
We’ve spotted the updated car here twice already, once in five-seat X-Gear form and the other in full Grand Livina MPV guise. Look out for a local introduction later in the year. For now, you can check out the new Livina range in our live gallery from Auto Shanghai 2013.