Nissan Teana

Nissan has given its 2014 Teana its ASEAN debut with the introduction of the L33 in Thailand. The sedan goes on sale in the Kingdom in both 2.0 and 2.5 litre versions, and in five variant forms.

The MR20DE four-pot features in the 2.0 versions (XE, XL and XL Navi), with 136 hp at 5,600 rpm and 190 Nm at 4,400 rpm for output figures. For the Thai market, the QR25DE lump in the XV and XV Navi variants offers 173 hp at 6,000 rpm and 234 Nm at 4,000 rpm, nine horses less than the L33 that Jonathan drove in the US at the Nissan 360 event recently. Both mills are paired with a Xtronic CVT ‘box.

Dimension-wise, the new Teana rolls in at 4,875 mm long (a shade longer than the US car’s 4,868 mm), 1,830 mm wide and 1,490 mm tall, and the D-segment offering sits on 16-inch (215/60) or 17-inch (215/55) wheels, variant-dependent.

Nissan Teana 2

Standard equipment across the board includes push-start ignition and cruise control, and aside from the base 2.0 XE, the rest of the range is equipped with an Around View Monitoring system as well as an Intelligent Transport System (ITS), which features Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Moving Object Detection under its umbrella of tech.

Other safety kit comprises Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), traction control, ABS, brake assist, EBD, hill-start assist as well as front, side and curtain airbags. The Thai Teana is available in six exterior colours (Fall Blue, Black Star, White Pearl, Brilliant Silver, Grayish Bronze and Deep Iris Gray), and the interior is dressed in either cream or black (the latter for the 2.0 XL Navi and 2.5 XV Navi).

Pricing of the Teana in Thailand starts from THB 1.27 million (RM129,300), and Nissan says its aiming to sell 10,000 units domestically in the first twelve months. Produced at the Bangsaotong plant in Thailand, the car will be exported to more than 30 countries worldwide.

Read Jonathan’s comprehensive test drive report – and view more photos – of the 2014 Nissan Teana here.

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