Friday, 8 November 2013
Nissan - Al Ain Japan
Nissan has announced plans to introduce a handful of models at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The company declined to release pictures of the highly-anticipated GT-R Nismo but confirmed the model will be shown alongside the new DAYZ ROOX super-height wagon. Essentially a rebadged Mitsubishi eK Space, the DAYZ ROOX will go on sale early next year and come equipped with one-touch sliding rear doors, a "rear ceiling fan" and roll-up rear sunshades.
Nissan will also introduce the LEAF Aero Style which features a new front bumper, revised side skirts and LED fog lights. The model will go on sale in Japan this December.
Other highlights include the new Teana, Skyline and X-TRAIL. The company will also show an updated Serena, a safer Note and a restyled Elgrand that has a prominent front fascia with a massive grille.
Described as a "super height" wagon, the DAYZ ROOX will become the company's second minicar that was jointly-developed with Mitsubishi. The company declined to go into specifics but said the model will be launched early next year and "will reflect Nissan's brand identity in exterior design as well as features that will be inherited from the know-how cultivated from Serena."
That's not much to go on, but the teaser image suggests the model will have an upright front fascia with a prominent grille and slender headlights. We can also see a distinctive beltline and blacked out pillars which give the model a 'floating roof.'
Little else is known about the minicar but Nissan says it will have a comfortable and roomy cabin as well as a fuel-efficient powertrain.
It turns out previous spy photos showed (thankfully) only test mules of Nissan's forthcoming competitor for the Volkswagen Golf VII who could receive the Tiida or Almera moniker. Set to be a global model, the new C-segment offering from Nissan will be out towards the end of 2014 as a 2015MY with a body which looks similar to that of the Toyota Auris but maybe that's because of the bulky camo.
Nissan has promised to fully rival the seventh-gen Golf "from BlueMotion to GTI" at a competitive sticker price. The economical version will have a diesel engine capable of matching the Golf BM's 73.5 mpg US (88.3 mpg UK or 3.2 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of 85 g/km. Nissan's response to the Golf GTI will be a Nismo-flavored version of the new Tiida/Almera.
SOURCE : Al Ain Japan