Formally, this Serena is already the sixth generation – this is how Nissan positions it, even changing the internal model code to C28. However, in reality, we face a deep modernization former Serena C27 sample of 2016. The platform with a wheelbase of 2870 mm, the body frame and even the characteristic window sill line remained the same. However, there have been a lot of updates.
All exterior body panels are new, as is the front end plumage. LED headlights are integrated with the grille – a solution Nissan designers have already used on cars, but in the minivan, chrome fins are integrated directly into the headlight units, which enhances the masking. The length (4690 mm) and width (1695 mm) of the basic version did not change with the generation change, and only the height increased by 5 mm (up to 1870 mm).
From the very beginning, the range includes rich versions of Luxion and Highway Star with more lush bumpers (overall length 4765 mm), as well as an Autech variant with additional chrome trim and a sporty body kit. At the same time, all Serenas have only 16-inch wheels. The new fifth door has an integrated lift section that can be opened in tight parking spaces. This section includes not only glass, but also a powerful frame, so that the lower edge of the resulting opening is at the level of the belt. Sliding doors are electrically operated.
The salon is completely new. If before Serena’s instruments were located on the top of the front panel, and the media system screen is built into the center console, now the designers have come to a typical modern solution. Two large screens without visors are installed in front of the driver, and the touchscreen of the media system is located even slightly above the instrument display. The dual-zone climate control panel is integrated into the glossy panel, and the transmission control buttons are also located on it.
All seats are new, the front ones have increased adjustment ranges, which, coupled with a more compact front panel, resulted in an additional 120 mm of space for the driver in the longitudinal direction. Moisture-resistant seat upholstery was used in the initial configurations. Improved interior soundproofing. The standard cabin, as before, has eight seats, while the richer versions have separate seats on the second row (without the center section).
The base Nissan Serena, as before, has a two-liter aspirated MR20DD (150 hp, 200 Nm) paired with a CVT. Such machines are offered with front or all-wheel drive. In the second case, a transmission with a clutch on the rear axle is installed, and instead of a semi-independent rear suspension, a multi-link is installed. By the way, the steering mechanism is new: increased control accuracy is promised.
But the main bet is on the Nissan Serena e-Power hybrid, which received a new power plant. The principle of operation is the same: the wheels are rotated exclusively by an electric motor, but its power has been increased from 136 to 163 hp. The torque has not changed much – 315 Nm. The gasoline engine works exclusively in generator mode, but instead of the previous three-cylinder aspirated 1.2 (84 hp, 103 Nm), Serena now has a 1.4 engine (98 hp, 123 Nm), which is distinguished by an increased piston stroke.
Nissan Serena Autech
The control program has been revised for the sake of acoustic comfort: the electronics starts the internal combustion engine while driving and, as far as possible, tries to turn it off at stops and traffic lights so that it does not make noise. The mode of driving “in one pedal” with the maximum recovery is provided. And only hybrid minivans have a household outlet rated at 1500 watts.
Base Nissan Serena
Six years ago, the Serena became the first Nissan model to feature the optional ProPilot Quasi-Autopilot, which is effectively advanced adaptive cruise control. Now this system is included in the basic package, and for a surcharge it is offered ProPilot 2.0already known from other models. It allows driving on the highway without hands on the steering wheel, although the electronics follow the driver’s gaze so that it is directed to the road. Also added are the ProPilot Park car valet with the possibility of remote control from the remote control.
The new Nissan Serena will appear on the Japanese market this winter at a price of $20,000. Hybrid versions will arrive in time in the spring and will cost from 23 thousand dollars.