A week has passed since it was spied on Indonesian roads and now, the Livina is officially out after its world premiere was held there.
Unlike the older Livina, this all-new model is a co-op between Nissan and fellow Alliance member, Mitsubishi. Essentially, the all-new Livina is a slightly restyled, rebadged version of the Xpander.
Nissan changed most of the front end from the car it's based on to give the Livina their own corporate styling. There's the V-motion grill and a deeper front apron which is inspired by the X-Trail. The high-mounted LED daytime running lights are slightly different from the Xpander with its longer housings. Like the Xpander however, the headlights are mounted in the center half of the front end.
What else is different? That would be the rear end. Instead of having the 'X' pattern on the Xpander, Nissan's tailgate appears simpler with less character lines. Then there's the tail lights which has a different cluster pattern in the shape of a V. Also different is the lower half of the rear bumper and the differences are capped off with slightly different wheels.
As for the interior, it should look familiar if you own an Xpander. The design is mostly lifted from the Mitsubishi, save for the Nissan steering wheel, of course. Like the Diamond Star counterpart, it has tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and several charging sockets. It also has Intelligent Mobility which includes stability control, traction control, and a smart key. Seven seats are standard as well.
The spec sheet should also look familiar. No Nissan engine here; the Livina is powered by the same 1.5-liter mill as the Xpander. There's a fraction less power at 104 PS (the Xpander has 105 PS) although torque is retained at 141 Nm. Transmission options are the same with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.
The question now is this, will Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI) bring in the Livina over here? The answer is yet to be known but NPI could spring up a surprise this year.