Some interesting spyshots to start off the week, and this time it’s by yours truly. I was heading home to Rawang over the weekend when I spotted a car wearing trade plates and black tape, which was a cue to whip out my DSLR (which is why the pics are of decent quality) and start snapping. Heavy traffic didn’t help my pursuit though, and these are the only two pics I managed.

Still, it’s enough for us to tell that it’s the facelifted Nissan Livina undergoing local testing. We first showed you leaked pics of a refreshed Nissan Livina from China in December last year, and this purple test mule looks similar to that car. Here’s why.

The mystery car is obviously a shorter Nissan Livina with SUV-style add ons – launched here in 2011 as the Livina X-Gear – but with black tape on the tailgate, covering part of the tail lamps. The original X-Gear, like the seven-seater Grand Livina, doesn’t have tail lamps that wrap into the tailgate. The Nissan Livina facelift spotted in China has such an arrangement.

In addition, the taped up logo (we can see the outline of the Nissan emblem) sits on a squarish plastic base, as opposed to the curved item on the current Livina X-Gear. The Grand Livina doesn’t have this black plastic base for the logo.

So yes, the facelifted Nissan Grand Livina is coming to Malaysia, along with its shorter X-Gear sister. After some nosing around, we’re speculating that the refreshed MPV range will debut by the end of this year, earliest. Click on the pics to enlarge.