Raymond D. Young / Brent Co, Jude Morte | June 11, 2008 00:00
Launches Grand LivinaNissan has been absent at the MPV/AUV market for quite some time. Sure, they have other people mover offerings like the Serena or Urvan, but they catered to a different market niche. What's left to fend for themselves was a market that wanted more space out of a car for their growing families, but at the same time prefer to keep operating costs down, keep vehicle dimensions to compact proportions, and retain the good mannered driving habits of a sedan.
Building such a vehicle is not a difficult task, but it's not an easy one either. Most manufacturers came up with their own interpretation of the abovementioned requirements, but still, most find them larger than what they really require, in addition to the fact that these vehicles are based from a workhorse platform, hence a driving experience way different to that of a sedan's. This is where the Nissan Grand Livina comes into the picture.
Offering "just enough" space for budding Filipino families, the Livina is indeed a reincarnation of the iconic station wagon of the 1970s and the 1980s, but this time, there is a bonus. Instead of seating only five, the Grand Livina will seat seven people with its three row seating. If more cargo space is needed, it will be more than happy to adjust by its collapsible seating feature for both the second and third row seats. Luxury cues are instilled as well such as the body hugging seats and the world-renowned Nissan air-conditioning, with an additional horizontal vent for the rearmost passengers.
Blurring the distinction between a sedan and a utility vehicle even more, the Grand Livina promises to deliver a car-like driving experience, being derived from a sedan platform. Naturally, it also inherited the suspension setup of its donor, comprising of front McPherson Struts and rear Torsion Beam setup complemented by "Ripple Control" shock absorbers. Enhancing ride comfort even more is the sub frame setup equipped rubber mounts that eliminate cabin vibration by limiting the transmission of tire vibrations. Other sedan traits such as the monocoque frame design and electric power steering (EPS) setup makes one forget that the Grand Livina is an MPV. Safety features like This excellent package is then coupled to a state-of-the-art engine that is the MR18DE, rated at 126 Ps maximum power, and 174 Nm maximum torque at a low 4,250 rpm. Mated to either a four-speed automatic transmission or the first-in-class six-speed close-ratio manual transmission, this combination promises to deliver a fuel consumption of between 14-17 km/l of city driving cycle.
The Nissan Grand Livina will be available at all Nissan showrooms nationwide with three trim levels offered. The base 1.8 L Elite model is priced at PHP 848,000, while the 1.8 L Luxury variant with automatic transmission, front foglamps, and driver airbag is priced at PHP 898,000, while the top Elegance variant is priced at PHP 898,000.