All New Nissan Teana for 2009
With 2008 drawing to an end, it's time to start having a look at what we can expect in 2009. The Thai car scene was quite tame in 2008, with only a few all-new models finding their way into showrooms. The most exciting of these being the Honda City! Enough said.
But looking forward to 2009, let's start with a look at the 2009 Nissan Teana!
Current Nissan Teana
The Nissan Teana is arguably one of the most stylish cars on the market in Thailand. The Teana replaced the Cefiro in 2003-2004 and represented a bold new look for Nissan. The Teana is more up-market than the Cefiro, and received a larger 2.3 litre V6, replacing the 2.0 litre V6. The Teana also comes with a lower grade model with a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine.
2008 (2009) Nissan Teana
The 2008 Nissan Teana is about as big a change as you can have without completely disregarding the previous model. The images speak for themselves, and although the styling of the Teana will probably not please everyone, fans of the original car should have few complaints. Personally, I like it.
Inside, the design is very nice indeed. Not quite as minimalist as the outgoing model, but I think Nissan has succeeded in keeping things clutter free and it looks like they haven't followed Honda who put over 80 buttons all over the Accord console.
Actually it looks more like Nissan were taking cues from Volvo when they penned this interior. Either way, the result is a good one.
Nissan is likely to retain the 2.0 litre 4-pot engine to allow it to compete at the lower end. But we can expect the 2.3 litre VQ23DE to be replaced by the larger and more powerful 2.5 litre VQ25DE for the mid-range models. Nissan could also offer the VQ35DE for the range topper.
Nissan VQ engines are renowned for their smooth power delivery and refinement, and things should get even better with the new Teana. The V6 2.5 litre engine will be the most popular.
In Japan the engines are matched to CVT transmissions.
Well, the new Teana was first shown at the 2008 Beijing Motor Show, and has since been released in Japan, China and Singapore. Here in Thailand, Nissan have been offering very attractive financing packages on the current Teana, and it is highly likely that the new Teana will arrive within the next 6 months.