In October, we brought you first photos of the new Nissan Serena undergoing testing in Malaysia, and now we’ve spotted the MPV being transported on a trailer. The two units were en route to MASkargo near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which could mean that they were being sent to the Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI) for ASEAN NCAP crash testing.

Although the cars were mostly covered, the new five split-spoke alloy wheels and more pronounced wheel arch creases mark them out as the new Serena. Unlike the previous mule, these units were devoid of a bodykit and two-tone alloy-wheels, suggesting that there will be more than one trim level offered. Also visible is the centre rear fog light that indicate that this is a Malaysian-market version.

Power should come from the same S-Hybrid powertrain as before, pairing a MR20DD 2.0 litre direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engine – developing 147 PS at 5,600 rpm and 210 Nm at 4,400 rpm – to a 1.8 kW/200 A integrated starter/generator motor that provides up to 50 Nm of accelerative boost for one second, along with an Xtronic CVT.

With the current Serena S-Hybrid on sale in Malaysia being a locally-assembled (CKD) model, could the new one follow suit? Other models in Nissan Malaysia’s pipeline include the second-generation Leaf electric vehicle, set to debut here in 2018.


GALLERY: 2018 Nissan Serena