Since December 2016, media reports have talked about an all-new Nissan Grand Livina based on a Mitsubishi platform, the first fruits of the Carlos Ghosn-led tripartite alliance. According to a new report from Nikkei, this model is on track for a 2019 launch.
The next-gen Nissan Grand Livina will sit on the Mitsubishi Xpander platform. The monocoque-bodied MPVs will have no marked external differences, changes at most having to do with unique bumpers and lights. Unofficial renderings have shown the Nissan version featuring the X-Trail's V-motion grille and headlights with the 'boomerang’ Daytime Running Light signature.
The 2019 Nissan Grand Livina will measure around 4.5 metres in length, 1.8 metres in width and 1.7 metres in height. It will have a 2.8-metre wheelbase, comfortably seating three rows of passengers. It could employ a mildly retuned 4A91 1.5-litre MIVEC naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 105 PS at 6,000 rpm and 141 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic could be the transmission choices in that case.
The next-gen Nissan Grand Livina will be manufactured alongside the Mitsubishi Xpander at MMC's new Bekasi plant in Indonesia. The three-row light MPV will take on the Honda BR-V, Daihatsu Terios, Suzuki Ertiga (Maruti Ertiga) and Toyota Avanza. Like the Mitsubishi Xpander, it will likely ship to Asia-Pacific regions where the Grand Livina has a following.
[News Source: Nikkei]
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