2013 Nissan Grand Livina Facelift Archive

  • Nissan Grand Livina facelift introduced – from RM87k

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    The latest Nissan Grand Livina facelift has landed in Malaysia, introducing a timely update for the country’s best-selling non-national MPV. Over 65,000 units of the seven-seater have been sold here since its initial launch in 2007, including the lightly revised version that was released in 2011.

    This second facelift is a major one, at least in terms of aesthetics. While the previous nip and tuck only added a new grille design and wing mirror indicators to the otherwise unchanged original form, the Grand Livina undergoes a heavy refresher here, incorporating “more than 50 new enhancements,” according to Nissan.

    The most obvious of which are the completely new front and rear ends. Gone is the simple, blunt, yet friendly face that’s all too familiar by now, replaced by a much sleeker front treatment. A V-shaped grille with chrome highlights now dominate the front fascia, and is flanked by new headlamp units that are much sharper and classier than before.

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    The bumper is brand new too, now looking shapelier and more organic, in line with the characterful profile and rounded front fenders that house new design 15-inch wheels. The reshaped wheel-arches significantly change the visual silhouette of the vehicle, introducing a more complex character line compared to the older model.

    Adding to the sophistication are new wing mirrors with LED indicators (only for the 1.8 litre) and body-coloured side mouldings running across the doors. The latter provides protection from minor dings, while also serving to break up the visual mass, making the whole car appear closer to the ground and more planted.

    There are more changes to the back than is obviously apparent, too. The light clusters now sit horizontally rather than vertically, emphasising the Grand Livina’s width. Easily missed is the new tailgate, which eschews the round bulge above the Nissan crest, with the rear wiper now sitting within the window panel.

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    Inside, the colour palette has been changed again. The original Grand Livina launched with a grey/beige interior, which was then replaced by an all-black cabin in the 2011 update. A nice middle ground has been chosen for the latest model – a black upper portion for a younger, sportier feel, with a cream lower half to aid the impression of space and airiness.

    All new is the three-spoke steering wheel, similar to the one used in the more upmarket new Sylphy. It incorporates multi-function controls too, with backlit buttons for the audio system and instrument display. Speaking of the instrumentation, there’s now a Fine Vision Cluster on all models, as seen on top-spec Almeras.

    Another premium feature offered is Nissan’s i-Key keyless entry and engine start system. Available only on the 1.8 litre model, it adds lock/unlock buttons on the driver’s and rear doors for a seamless, keyless operation, while a small plastic turn switch is placed over the usual keyhole to start the engine.

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    Standard across the range is a revised seat fabric – in beige rather than black this time. Leather upholstery (beige or black) is available as an option, which we’ll get to in detail later. The brown leather option previously offered has been deleted.

    As before, Nissan claims best-in-class comfort for the seven-seat cabin. The last two rows can be folded flat if needed, opening up a spacious cargo area and making the Grand Livina truly worthy of the term Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV). The rearmost seats have a single-action release for easy access.

    The drivetrain options have been left well alone. The tried and tested all-aluminium HR16DE 1.6 litre engine with 105 PS and 150 Nm of torque forms the base offerings, with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission to pick from. As before, the MR18DE 1.8 litre motor is only available with a four-speed torque converter.

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    Neither the new HR15DE 1.5 litre engine with dual injectors and twin CVTC nor the X-TRONIC CVT transmission already available in the Indonesian market are to be seen here.

    Safety-wise, the new Nissan Grand Livina has been upgraded with seat-belt pre-tensioners and load limiters for the front passengers, along with compliance with the latest UNECE crash test regulations. Dual front airbags are standard, along with Nissan’s Zone Body Construction, collapsible steering wheel, EBD, BA and ABS.

    Three variants are offered: 1.6 litre manual for RM86,880, 1.6 litre auto at RM89,880, topping out at RM99,880 for the 1.8 litre automatic model. All figures quoted are on-the-road prices, inclusive of insurance. Order books are already open for the new Nissan Grand Livina facelift, with monthly instalment rates as low as RM599 to be had.

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    That’s not the end of it though, as there are various optional accessories and Impul packages available for the new MPV. For an extra RM4,000 (on the 1.6L, RM3,700 for the 1.8L), the Navi Package adds on a LED kicking plate, LED wing mirror signals and door visors.

    An integrated 6.5-inch multimedia system with navigation, rear-view camera, DVD player and USB, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity is also included in the Navi Package, as is a 10.1-inch roof-mounted LCD panel for the rear passengers.

    Next up, the RM3,800 (for 1.6L, 1.8L RM3,500) Luxury Package replaces the above-mentioned head-unit and rear screen with a combination leather upholstery and door panels (available in beige or black), as well as Solar Gard window tinting (upgradeable to V-Kool Elite for another RM1,500).

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    The Family Package combines the Navi and Luxury packages for RM7,000 for the 1.6 litre models, and RM6,700 on the 1.8 litre variant. LED wing mirror signal repeaters are already fitted as standard on the range-topper, which accounts for the model’s lower prices for each optional package.

    If you like a little more zing on your Grand Livina, there are also various Impul add-ons that you can specify. These are: Impul complete aerokit (RM3,500), sports suspension system (RM2,800), Blast 2 exhaust muffler (RM1,800) plus 17-inch Impul Aura SX-20 alloys (RM4,500) and Goodyear Eagle F1 Directional 5 tyres to go with them (RM1,800).

    Edaran Tan Chong Motor offers a standard three-year or 100,000 km warranty on the new Nissan Grand Livina facelift. Five colour options are available: Graphite Blue, Diamond Black, Bronze Gold, Brilliant White and Tungsten Silver.

    Click here to view the Grand Livina gallery and TVC.

     
     
  • Nissan Grand Livina facelift launching in September

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    The facelifted Nissan Grand Livina will be launched in Malaysia early September, which is a little more than a month away. This is according to Campaign Asia-Pacific, a publication covering the advertising industry.

    The report says that Edaran Tan Chong Motor chose Draftfcb Malaysia as the ad agency responsible for the refreshed Livina campaign. Draftfcb won a three-way pitch that involved Leo Burnett and Bates. Besides the usual ATL TV spots and print ads, there will be a digital campaign, so keep your eyes peeled.

    The facelifted Livina range, which includes the five-seater Livina X-Gear and seven-seater Grand Livina MPV, made its motor show debut earlier this year at Auto Shanghai 2013. You would have seen local spyshots of the Livina testing in Malaysia, too, snapped before the car was launched in Indonesia in May.

    In ASEAN’s largest economy, where the MPV is king, the Livina gets a new Xtronic CVT transmission with the revised HR15DE 1.5 litre engine, while the 1.8 litre variant soldiers on with the existing four-speed auto. In Malaysia, the pre-facelift Grand Livina uses either a 1.6 or 1.8 litre engine, both with four-speed autos.

    We suppose the latter will stay on unchanged, but the question remains whether ETCM will adopt the new 1.5 litre/CVT combo or maintain status quo. Not long to go before all is revealed!

     
     
  • Indonesian Nissan Grand Livina facelift gets CVT ‘box, but only for new 1.5 motor; 1.8 sticks with 4-spd auto

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    The Nissan Grand Livina facelift was introduced to the Indonesian market this week and as we reported earlier, the updated MPV gets new engine and gearbox options. The launch has confirmed that the new X-Tronic CVT transmission is only available on the revised 1.5 litre engine, while the 1.8 litre variant soldiers on with the existing four-speed auto ’box.

    A Nissan Motor Indonesia official explained that the older 1.8 litre motor had always been intended to use the conventional transmission, with no plans yet to offer it with a CVT. He also cites that the new, more efficient HR15DE 1.5 litre engine is the ideal powerplant for the MPV, at least for the Indonesian market, hence the decision to pair it with a new transmission.

    In Malaysia the pre-facelift Nissan Grand Livina uses either a 1.6 or 1.8 litre engine, both with four-speed automatic transmissions. We suppose the latter will stay on unchanged, but the question remains whether Nissan will adopt the new 1.5 litre/CVT combination for the more affordable variant.

    We’ve spotted the updated car here twice already, once in five-seat X-Gear form and the other in full Grand Livina MPV guise. Look out for a local introduction later in the year. For now, you can check out the new Livina range in our live gallery from Auto Shanghai 2013.

     
     
  • Facelifted Nissan Grand Livina launching next week in Indonesia – improved 1.5L engine, X-Tronic CVT

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    The facelifted Nissan Grand Livina has been introduced to journalists in Indonesia, ahead of an official launch next week. Readers of this website would have already seen the revised Livina range, via spyshots and a live gallery from Auto Shanghai 2013.

    The Indonesian market, the first in the region to get the refreshed Grand Livina, will get an improved MPV. Besides the exterior updates, which we have detailed in full here, there’s an updated HR15DE 1.5 litre engine with dual injectors and twin CVTC for both intake and exhaust. This mill alone is said to be 4% more fuel efficient than the outgoing 1.5L engine in Indonesia.

    More importantly, the seven-seater will come with Nissan’s X-Tronic CVT gearbox in Indonesia, replacing the torque converter four-speed automatic. This should further imporve economy, besides providing a smooth, silent ride. A five-speed manual will be the other transmission on offer.

    The facelifted Livina range is sure to arrive in the near future, and Tan Chong has already been spotted testing the MPV ahead of local assembly. But what remains unknown is the chosen powertrain for Malaysia – carryover 1.6L or updated 1.5L, conventional automatic or CVT.

    The pics below are of the facelifted Livina from Auto Shanghai 2013.

     
     
  • Nissan Livina Facelift – gallery from Auto Shanghai

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    Regular readers would know that the Nissan Livina range (Livina, Grand Livina, X-Gear) has been facelifted. Pics of the refreshed Livina from China were leaked in December last year, before we ourselves snapped a disguised unit testing in Malaysia. No hiding now, as we’ve got live pics from Auto Shanghai 2013.

    On the exterior, the refreshed MPV gets a revised front fascia. Compared to the current Livina, the headlamps are now in a sharper triangular shape, while the chrome grille is in a sweeping V-shape with a flat base. The rear end features long tail lamps that eat into the tailgate.

    Inside, it appears that the Livina facelift retains the familiar dashboard layout and design, but with a new design steering wheel and chrome borders for the dial housings. The 2-DIN head unit looks like the usual Nissan item at a glance, but is a fresh design. Like most cars in China, there’s a sunroof.

    The white car you see here is the standard five-seater Livina, not the seven-seater Grand Livina we’re familiar with. The green one is a more rugged-looking “SUV-styled” variant of this shorter version called X-Gear in Malaysia. Compared to the standard car, the X-Gear gets a unique grille treatment and a black base for the tailgate Nissan badge.

     
     
  • SPYSHOTS: Nissan Grand Livina facelift undisguised!

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    Yesterday, we showed you spyshots of the facelifted Nissan Livina X-Gear undergoing testing in Malaysia. Today, we have spy pics of the Nissan Grand Livina facelift without any disguise, snapped by reader Shamsul Emry at the KLIA cargo area – thanks mate!

    This is the rear end the taped-up purple X-Gear was trying to hide – the facelifted Livina range (five-seater X-Gear, seven-seater Grand Livina) features longer tail lamps that eat into the tailgate, as seen in the initial set of leaked pics from China.

    Compared to yesterday’s spypics, we can now clearly see how the refreshed Grand Livina will look like, without the SUV-style body cladding the X-Gear wears. The tailgate Nissan emblem sits on metal here, not a raised plastic base like on the X-Gear.

    Shamsul’s handiwork also shows us the facelifted Nissan Livina range’s new face. Compared to the current Livina, the headlamps are now in a sharper triangular shape, while the chrome grille is in a sweeping V-shape with a flat base. Once again, it’s similar to what we’ve seen from the Chinese leaked pics.

    This silver unit is most likely a foreign-made unit arriving for local testing or other internal purposes, and not a product of Tan Chong’s Serendah plant. We’re speculating a year-end debut for the locally-assembled facelifted Grand Livina/Livina X-Gear.

     
     
  • SPIED: Nissan Livina facelift spotted in Malaysia!

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    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.

     
     
  • Facelifted 2013 Nissan Livina spotted in China

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    The Nissan Livina range is due to get a facelift in China, as these leaked pics show. All are of the standard length Livina, and not the three-row Grand Livina (Livina Geniss in China) that’s very popular here. The green one is the Livina C-Gear, the SUV-styled version we know as Livina X-Gear in Malaysia.

    This refresh sports bigger triangular headlamps and a more pronounced V-shape nose. The new face looks a little like the new Nissan Note, although not so funky without the Euro-spec car’s distinctive headlamps.

    Bigger changes can be found at the back, where the tail light clusters are now wide instead of long. Also, unlike the current Livina, the lights eat into the tailgate. Old or new, which look do you prefer?

    Word from the Middle Kingdom is that the refreshed Livina is set for a March 2013 launch, and the current car’s four-speed automatic gearbox will be replaced by a CVT unit that will boost fuel economy.

     
     
 

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