C28 Nissan Serena patent images show next-gen face

C28 Nissan Serena patent images show next-gen face

Here are patent images of the next-generation Nissan Serena, which show a familiar shape with a new face. The C28 MPV will also have differences to the current C27 facelift at the rear, and some blink-and-miss changes on the profile. We’ll elaborate.

The current Serena is the C27, a facelifted fifth-generation model that was first unveiled in August 2019. The C28 is expected to be an all-new sixth-generation model of a boxy mid-size MPV designed primarily for Japan. Malaysia is one of the few countries officially selling the Serena, and with local assembly by Tan Chong too – domestic rivals such as the Toyota Noah/Voxy and Honda Stepwgn never made it here officially. The C27 was launched here in July 2022.

The C28 has an fresh face that won’t be mistaken for the current car. It wears a one-piece mask with the headlamps integrated into the grille, pretty much like how Hyundai likes to hide its headlamps, although it’s just simple horizontal slats here. The headlamps are visually connected to the A pillars; the C27’s tall headlamps – which cut deep into the bonnet – are not.

C28 Nissan Serena patent images show next-gen face

This new grille is reminiscent of the one seen on the Nissan Chill-Out from November 2021, a concept car that previews a sub-Ariya electric SUV. The rest of the face features a simple lower grille and vertical elements on the edges of the bumper. It’s a simpler, more streamlined look compared to the current van.

There are less changes at the rear, but it’s the same story – more simple. The current Serena has a rather busy look with two bars of chrome, but there’s just one now that neatly bridges the bottom of the vertical tail lamps. The lights themselves are slimmer with no wrap-around, and the LED elements have no curves. Two small vertical reflectors sit below the lights. That’s it.

Last but not least, the side profile, which looks 100% similar to the C27 at a glance. Certainly, the glass area – with front quarter windows that go very low, and a stepped rear – is the same, but while the C27 has a wavy character line from the headlamps to the sliding door ledge, the C28 gets a straight line. Again, more straightforward.

What do you think of the next-gen C28 Serena based on these patent images? Do you prefer its more simple face and lines or the more adorned current C27 with its imposing front grille and flashy rear elements?

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • farghmee on Oct 31, 2022 at 10:56 am

    c28 or c27 major facelift no. 2?

    i guess it shares the same chassis as current c27.
    look at the overall exterior chassis shape,
    even current c27 has some reminiscence on previous c26.

    “nice” work nissan hahaha

    oh hopefully no motorbot compressor kaputt in less than 5yrs yea? abs pump kaputt walla walla

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  • AP Putra on Oct 31, 2022 at 11:26 am

    Best face-lifted mini passengers van

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  • Patent it for what? Looks same only….

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  • MengkuduMasam on Oct 31, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    Nissan is a good car..

    but Tan Chong Motor is really a scam…

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  • No need patent. So ugly look. China car manufacturers also not interested to copy it

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  • Ground europe passenger on Oct 31, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    Auto cruise and the auto start stop are the useless-est features nowadays.

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  • Why we need a very tall car/mpv? Want to dance inside?

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  • Obviously they employed the designer from roti Gardenia…

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  • Jelly on Oct 31, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Do you need to patent a box?

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  • AppleTree on Nov 01, 2022 at 10:29 am

    the mpv that always feel like going turtle at any sharp corner.

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  • Indonputra on Nov 01, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    Ini bukan Vellfire, Aunty2 beli saja road bully tak beli.

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  • Peter, Kenya on Nov 07, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    This looks like a downgrade especially the tail lights, and gear lever and overall size. Nissan should have focused on the underpowered engine and the intake manifold design. I would still choose c25 and c26. The long tail light was very appealing. The position of the gear lever also allowed easy movement to the passenger side. The problem was the intake manifold where u have to dismantle every thing just to replace a spark. plug. And the biggest problem of all, is the gearbox cooler, simply pass the oil to the radiator. The otherwise I own the c25, and I can say it has no competition.

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