Nissan Teana 2014 Archive

  • Nissan Altima to be facelifted in 2016, will our Teana?


    Automotive News has reported that the US-market Nissan Altima (that’s our Nissan Teana) is set to get a significant facelift for 2016, about three years after the D-segment sedan’s Stateside launch.

    Nissan North America product planning VP Pierre Loing told the publication that the refresh will follow the substantial mid-cycle changes in the US-market 2015 Toyota Camry (separate from the global-market 2015 Toyota Camry facelift, which we should be getting this year), but it won’t be as drastic.

    “Camry did something very huge. I believe they did that probably because they thought the car was not where they wanted it to be. I’m not sure we’re going to go to that extent. But we’re going to do something significant for the Altima for the mid-cycle,” Loing said, adding that styling updates and technology enhancements are planned.

    Last year, the Altima found 335,644 Stateside buyers – five percent up on the year before. The Honda Accord sold 388,374, the Toyota Camry 428,606 and the Hyundai Sonata only 216,936 (believed to be due to the over-conservative styling, facelift to arrive in 2017 or 2018). In December, the Altima outsold both Accord and Camry.


    “Mid-size (D-segment) is contracting a little, but it’s still a two-million-a-year segment. It’s extremely important,” Loing said. “It is very difficult to grow in the segment because our competitors do a very good job. But we’re a strong player and we intend to remain a strong player and grow.

    “If you look at fuel economy, we’re very good. Altima is 38 miles per gallon (16.2 km per litre). It’s a light car. It’s already up there, and of course we will reinforce this when we do the mid-cycle.”

    With Asia and America now sharing the same L33 dress, it’s reasonable to assume our Nissan Teana will also get some, if not all, of the upcoming updates further down the road. Anything in particular you would like to see changed?

  • 2014 Nissan Teana L33 launched – RM140k-RM170k


    We’ve already reviewed it and even compared it to its 2013 predecessor, so there’s not much else that have yet to be told of the 2014 Nissan Teana. Well, all but the prices, that is. Just launched today, we now have those vital figures: RM139,800 for the base 2.0XE, RM149,800 for the better-equipped 2.0XL and RM169,900 for the top-of-the-range 2.5XV (all prices OTR with insurance).

    So yes, that’s a fair bit less than than the estimated RM142k-173k prices (which are identical to the 2013 model’s retail pricatags), with the lower two models matching the well-received Honda Accord like-for-like. The Teana 2.5XV, meanwhile, undercuts the Accord 2.4 VTi-L by RM3,000. The Toyota Camry 2.5V? That’s beyond RM180k.

    Let’s start with the engines. The 2.0 litre models get the same MR20DE CVTC engine with 136 PS at 5,600 rpm and 190 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm. Moving to the 2.5 litre variant, a new four-cylinder QR25DE Twin-CVTC motor replaces the older car’s famed VQ-series V6 engine. It gets 173 PS at 6,000 rpm and 234 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm (loss of 9 PS, but with 6 Nm more – the latter peaking 400 rpm earlier than before).

    Paired to a new-generation Xtronic CVT gearbox (70% new components, 40% less friction and wider ratio coverage), fuel efficiency remains as one of Nissan’s strong points. The 2.0 litre models are claimed to return 13.5 kilometres per litre (7.4 l/100 km), while the flagship variant does 13.3 km/l (7.5 l/100 km). For comparison, the old Teana 2.5 V6 consumed 21% more fuel, at 10.5 km/l (9.5 l/100km).

    Nissan claims to have improved the new Teana’s refinement and NVH as well, with new engine and exhaust mount designs, improved body rigidity and 30% more noise absorption materials. Also working to isolate the passengers from road vibrations are the seats themselves, which now feature multi-layered paddings.

    The front thrones, by the way, are dubbed ‘Zero-Gravity Seats’. Nissan says it used findings by NASA to design these thrones that come closest to a “neutral posture” – a relaxed position that the human body takes in a weightless environment. They’re also designed to improve blood flow, thus helping to reduce fatigue over long journeys.


    While the 2,775 mm-long wheelbase has been kept unchanged, the new Teana has improved rear knee- and leg-room by having revised front seat back design and interior B-pillar and door covers. The boot has grown to 516 litres too, up 10 litres from before.

    Moving on to the list of equipment, all models get dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air-con vents, full-colour Advance Drive Display within the instrument cluster, cruise control and keyless entry and start system. Tilt/telescopic-adjustable leather steering wheel and 60:40 split-folding rear seats is standard fare too.

    Opting for the mid-sped 2.0XL adds auto lights, powered front seats, leather upholstery and a 5.0-inch colour screen head unit with built-in Bluetooth connectivity and reverse camera. Self-levelling xenon headlamps, auto-dimming rear view mirror, sunroof, nine-speaker Bose Premium Audio System, LED mood lamps and a powered rear sun shade are all reserved to the range-topping 2.5XV.

    No matter which variant you choose, however, the long list of safety features is identical. Six airbags, ABS, hill-start assist, Active Understeer Control (AUC) and two ISOFIX anchors are all fitted as standard across the range. First the Sylphy, and now this. Well done, Edaran Tan Chong Motor. Well done indeed.

    Offered as optional extras are V-Kool 4mil Security Film for RM4,200 and a trunk tray for RM250. The first 1,000 customers will get the former at a 50% discount, as well as special interest rates as low as 2.48% per annum.

    Unique to Nissan’s D-segment sedan offering is the “Teana Total Care” premium service package, which includes direct access to service managers, specially-assigned priority service bays, a dedicated Teana technical support team, as well a three-day follow up verification call process to ensure customer satisfaction. Assurance of delivery times and the ability to book service appointments through call/SMS/online are also thrown in.


    Assembled in Tan Chong Motor Assemblies’ Serendah plant, the 2014 Nissan Teana is available in five colours: Storm Blue (new), Tungsten Silver, Diamond Black, Bronze Gold and Brilliant White. All variants come with a three-year/100,000 km warranty.

    Tan Chong targets sales of about 500 Teanas per month for the remainder of this year (compared to 1,600 units of the outgoing model sold in the whole of 2013), and plans to increase its market share within the D-segment from five percent currently to 25%. Tan Chong is optimistic it will be able to achieve this in 12 months, thanks to the improved specifications and lower prices compared to the previous generation Teana. The new Teana also has approximately 40% local parts content, which it says will translate to lower maintenance/repair costs compared to the previous gen.

    You can refer to our new car research site, for the new Teana’s complete list of technical details and equipment. And while you’re at it, do compare it to its direct competitors as well to see if the Nissan is really the right car for you. Also read our comprehensive test drive report.

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  • DRIVEN: 2014 Nissan Teana ups the D-segment ante


    Well, this is quite something. It’s a brand new Japanese D-segment sedan that has the looks and presence of something beyond its stature. Bigger, classier, the lot. The Toyota Camry seems boring, the Honda Accord understated and the Mazda 6 inelegant in comparison. The crowd-favourite 6 is gorgeous, but perhaps rather crass for an executive D-segment sedan.

    We’re talking about the 2014 Nissan Teana L33, of course. When you’re driving this type of car, let alone a brand new one that looks as bold as this, you don’t expect people to love you like a brother. Outroars of “[expletive] Camry!” would be rather familiar for most of us drivers here on Malaysian roads.

    But this new Nissan is getting the intrigued looks, the nods and even the odd smiles from passers by and motorists. Just by looking at it, they sense that the new Teana defines a new breed of Nissan vehicles. Whether or not it’s actually any good is a different matter altogether, though.

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  • 2014 Nissan Teana spotted on – RM142k est?


    With the 2014 Nissan Teana now on the last leg of its tour of the peninsula, ads for the L33 have already popped up on our sister classifieds site ahead of the new D-segment sedan’s launch on June 3. Both a 2.0 litre model (we think it’s the base 2.0XE) and the full-spec 2.5XV have appeared with an estimated price of RM142,000 for the former, rising up to RM173,000 for the latter.

    These figures are similar to what the outgoing J32 retails for at the bottom and top end respectively, so the price of the mid-range 2.0XL shouldn’t stray too far from the current 2.0 Luxury’s RM145,830.

    Standard equipment on all variants consists of push-button ignition, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control and rear air-conditioning vents, while safety kit includes Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), traction control, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, hill-start assist as well as six airbags (front, side and full-length curtain airbags).

    The 2.0XL tacks on Bluetooth connectivity, while the 2.5 XL gets adaptive bi-xenon headlights, a nine-speaker Bose Premium Audio System, a sunroof, a powered rear windscreen sunshade and 17-inch alloy wheel shod with 215/55 tyres.

    Interested? You can view our full gallery of the new L33 alongside the previous-generation J32 and read our test drive report from the Nissan 360 event in California.

    GALLERY: Nissan Teana – new versus old

  • 2014 Nissan Teana – L33 on display at selected malls


    Before any prospective buyers head out to book the 2014 Nissan Teana, they can go see the car in person at selected shopping malls across the peninsula from now until June 1.

    The D-segment sedan will be on display at the following locations:

    • Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur (till May 18)
    • Mahkota Parade, Melaka (till May 18)
    • KSL Mall, Johor Bahru (May 19-25)
    • Alamanda, Putrajaya (May 21-25)
    • Publika, Kuala Lumpur (May 21-25)
    • Queensbay Mall, Penang (May 29-June 1)

    As previously reported, the Teana is powered by either the MR20DE 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine producing 136 PS at 5,600 rpm and 190 Nm at 4,400 rpm or the new QR25DE 2.5 litre four-pot making 173 PS at 6,000 rpm and 234 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Both engines are mated to an Xtronic CVT. Trim levels on offer are the 2.0 XE, 2.0 XL and 2.5 XV

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    No matter which variant you punt for, you will get push-button ignition, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control and rear air-conditioning vents, while safety kit includes Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), traction control, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, hill-start assist as well as six airbags (front, side and full-length curtain airbags).

    Climbing up to the 2.5 XV will net you adaptive bi-xenon headlights, a nine-speaker Bose Premium Audio System, a sunroof, a powered rear windscreen sunshade and 17-inch alloy wheel shod with 215/55 tyres.

    Unable to go out to have a look at the 2014 Nissan Teana? No matter – we have a full gallery of the new car alongside the previous-generation J32 for your perusal, as well as a test drive report from the Nissan 360 event in California.

  • GALLERY: 2014 Nissan Teana L33 takes on 2013’s J32


    As is now the norm here at, our series of like-for-like new vs old galleries of most major new cars here in Malaysia draws you a complete picture of what makes a new model, well, new. Now, it’s the soon-to-be-launched 2014 Nissan Teana’s turn to pose next to its older sibling, the 2013 Nissan Teana.

    It’s not until you put them side by side do you see the extent of the monumental direction change at play here. The Teana that we’re familiar with – codenamed the J32 – has always been a little different than the rest of the traditional Japanese D-segment brigade. It was softer, calmer, and definitely less mainstream than say, a Toyota Camry.

    That’s not at all a bad thing to be. Not by a long shot. It carved its own unique niche among Malaysian executives, for whom only a Teana would do. The L33 Teana that’s new for 2014 is a different animal yet again. This one is more aggressively-styled, even better equipped and yet no less luxurious inside. Appeal broadened, then.

    This new 2014 Teana is indeed all-new. New looks inside and out, new engine and transmission, all check. Go through our exclusive like-for-like comparison gallery below, if you’re feeling sceptical.

    The 2.5 litre engine, meanwhile, has been changed from the J32’s multi-award-winning VQ V6 engine to a newer four-cylinder QR25DE motor. Purists may not like the change, but few can really argue against the use of a new engine that’s significantly more efficient than before. It’s 2014 after all.

    In any case, the new four-pot is less powerful but more torquey than the famed V6, making 172 hp and 234 Nm of twist compared to the old car’s 182 hp and 228 Nm. Both send power to the front wheels through an Xtronic CVT gearbox, but the L33’s tranny is of a newer design and is lighter and more efficient.


    Look out for our full comprehensive review of the 2014 Nissan Teana very soon, which will cover both this flagship 2.5 XV model as well as the 2.0 litre variant. Without spoiling it for you, let’s just say that with this new model and the still-fresh new Sylphy, Nissan is really on a roll.

    Moving forward in the right way, some would say. Looking at this gallery alone, wouldn’t you agree?

    2014 Nissan Teana L33

    2013 Nissan Teana J32

  • 2014 Nissan Teana L33 teased, order books opened

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    The 2014 Nissan Teana – which was last spied earlier in the month – has been teased on Nissan Malaysia’s website, and with order books now open for the car its launch should be coming up pretty soon. The L33 made its ASEAN debut last October, with Thailand being the first market in the region to introduce the car.

    Like in the Kingdom, Malaysia is set to get two engine options for the D-segmenter, though we’ll have three variant forms as opposed to five in Thailand. Two 2.0 litre variants will be available, these being the XL and XE, both powered by a MR20DE four-cylinder mill offering 136 PS at 5,600 rpm and 190 Nm at 4,400 rpm.

    The range-topping act is the 2.5 XV, which is equipped with a QR25DE four-pot lump with 173 PS at 6,000 rpm and 234 Nm at 4,000 rpm for output figures (power-wise, it’s nine ponies less than the L33 we tried out in the US last year). Both engines are paired with a Xtronic CVT gearbox.

    Dimension-wise, the local specification Teana measures in at 4,885 mm long (10 mm more than the Thai version), 1,830 mm wide and 1,485 mm tall (five mm lower than the Thai car), with a 2,775 mm-long wheelbase. Kerb weight for the baseline 2.0 XE is listed as 1,447 kg, followed by 1,456 kg for the XL, and the 2.5 XV tips the scales at 1,517 kg.

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    Standard equipment across the range includes push-start ignition and cruise control, dual-zone auto climate control and rear air-con vents, while safety kit comprises Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), traction control, ABS, brake assist, EBD, hill-start assist as well as six airbags (front, side and full-length curtain airbags).

    The 2.5 XV gets additional kit, as you’d expect, and on the list are bi-Xenon headlamps with AFS, a nine-speaker Bose Premium Audio System, sunroof and a rear-screen powered sunshade, among others.

    Five exterior colours are listed – Storm Blue, Tungsten Silver, Diamond Black, Bronze Gold and Brilliant White for the L33, which sits on 16-inch alloys and 215/60 tyres for the 2.0 litre variants and 17-inch units with 215/55 tyres in the case of the 2.5 XV.

    Read our driving impressions of the Teana 2.5 from the Nissan 360 event in California.

    UPDATE: We’ve been informed by Nissan folk that the car’s type designation is the L33, and not the J33, and have amended the necessary. The previous Teana was known as the J32.

    Nissan Teana (L33) at the 2014 Bangkok Motor Show

  • SPYSHOTS: Nissan Teana (L33) at Kota Damansara


    Our fourth set of local spyshots of the yet-to-be-launched L33 Nissan Teana comes from reader Wan Rafiuddin, who spotted the sleek D-segment sedan in Kota Damansara, casually parked in the open.

    Like the covered car sighted in Melaka a full year ago, this one’s wearing 215/55 R17 alloys. The cars we saw in Rawang and near Sungai Choh both had 215/60 R16 five-twin spoke alloys. Looks like there’ll be two variants for us.

    Tan Chong has confirmed five new Nissan models for this year, and the Teana is set to be one of them. You should be able to choose between a 136 hp/190 Nm 2.0 litre MR20DE and a 173 hp/234 Nm 2.5 litre QR25DE – both four-cylinder engines are mated to a CVT. Yup, no more V6.

    While we await its launch with bated breath, see the Thai-market car, and read our brief driving impressions of the Teana 2.5 from the Nissan 360 event in California.

    Nissan Teana (J33) at the 2014 Bangkok Motor Show

    Nissan Teana (J33) sighted around Malaysia

  • Bangkok 2014: Nissan Teana, coming soon to Malaysia

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    Here’s another ‘coming soon to Malaysia’ car spotted at the 2014 Bangkok Motor Show, the Nissan Teana. The L33 Teana made its Thai and ASEAN debut in October last year, and will be launched in Malaysia this year after smaller sedan sibling Sylphy.

    The new Teana is available in the Kingdom with 2.0 and 2.5 litre engines, and in five variant forms. The MR20DE four-pot features in the 2.0 versions (XE, XL and XL Navi) – it has 136 hp and 190 Nm. Moving up, the QR25DE (also a four-cylinder, V6 no longer offered) in the XV and XV Navi variants offers 173 hp and 234 Nm. Both are mated to Nissan’s Xtronic CVT gearbox.

    Available kit includes a ‘3D Display’ in the meter panel (shows Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, trip computer, navigation and Bluetooth connection), Around View Monitor, bi-xenons with AFS and a nine-speaker Bose sound system.

    The D-segment contender has already been spotted testing in Malaysia more than once, and you can also read our test drive report from last year’s Nissan 360 event in California.

  • SPYSHOTS: 2014 Nissan Teana sighted in Rawang


    This is our third set of local spyshots of the upcoming 2014 Nissan Teana – the L33 was first sighted in Melaka as early as May 2013, covered in black tape, then with minimal disguise near Sungai Choh only last month.

    Today’s spyshots, kindly contributed by reader AVH, show the D-segment sedan’s LED tail lamps and twin tailpipes. This particular car appears to be riding on the same five-twin spoke 215/60 R16 alloys fitted to the car we test-drove in California, as well as the car we spotted in Sungai Choh.

    The car that was sighted in Melaka actually wore 215/55 R17 alloys – that was a long time ago though; was that a higher-spec car or simply an evaluation mule?


    Like our current blind spot monitoring-equipped J32 Teana, the car pictured here has a black interior, according to AVH. The alternative is cream, as seen in the Chinese-market long-wheelbase L33 Teana VIP and the L33 Altima we saw in Seoul last year.

    Tan Chong recently confirmed five new Nissan models for this year, and the Teana is set to be one of them. You should be able to choose between a 136 hp/190 Nm 2.0 litre MR20DE and a 173 hp/234 Nm 2.5 litre QR25DE – both four-cylinder engines are mated to a CVT. Yup, no more V6.

    See what the Thai-market car gets here, and read our brief driving impressions here.


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