The facelifted Nissan Teana has just been introduced in Thailand, five years after the third-generation D-segment sedan was originally launched in the Land of Smiles. It may have arrived to the ASEAN region a good three years after the nip and tuck was applied to the car’s twin, the Altima, in the United States – but hey, you know what they say, better late than never.

With the update, the Teana gets the new front end shared with the Altima, incorporating the company’s now-standard V-motion grille and boomerang-shaped LED headlights and daytime running lights. However, the rear end remains identical to outgoing model, doing away with the Altima’s wider tail lights and redesigned bumper. The high-spec alloy wheels now measure 18 inches in diameter and come in a new two-tone design.

The interior remains untouched, but Nissan has seen fit to equip the Teana with driver’s seat memory on all but the base 2.0XE model. Also untouched are the engines – a 2.0 litre MR20DE naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol making 136 PS at 5,600 rpm and 190 Nm at 4,400 rpm, as well as a 2.5 litre QR25DE four-pot producing 173 PS at 6,000 rpm and 234 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Both are paired to an Xtronic CVT, as before.

Safety-wise, the Teana gets lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and a 360-degree Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection on the 2.0XL, 2.0XL Navi and 2.5XV Navi, joining the standard six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist and stability control.

Pricing starts at 1,336,000 baht (RM169,200) for the 2.0XE, rising up to 1,426,000 baht (RM180,600) for the 2.0XL, 1,476,000 baht (RM186,900) for the 2.0XL Navi with a seven-inch touchscreen navigation system. The 2.5XV Navi tops out at 1,674,000 baht (RM212,000).