Road Test: Nissan Teana

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The second-generation Teana (internal code: J32) made its first appearance at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show. The Nissan Teana is based on the Nissan D platform, the same platform on which the Nissan Maxima and Nissan altima are based. The length of the Teana is 4850mm which makes it slightly bigger than the Toyota Camry (4815mm) but it is shorter than the Honda Accord (4950mm). From the outside, the car does carry its look of being a premium saloon. We drove a silver car with a sunroof and a moonroof that made it look sporty as well as exquisite. The front sports projector headlamps blends perfectly with the sprawling chrome front grille proudly wearing the Nissan badge. Take your eyes a little further down from the headlamps and you can see the fog lamps and a chrome strap that runs throughout upto the rear. Walk up to the rear and the angular tail lamps would just mesmerise you. The trapezoidal shaped LED lamps have the turn indicators well crafted in the middle – in fact, the tail lamps look absolutely stunning at night (see pic). The rear is otherwise fairly uncluttered, with the Nissan logo and the badging which is done in a simple tasteful manner. Of course there are the chrome bits that do help in adding that certain element of sparkle to the rear end.

The new Teana is definitely better looking than the previous one. The car that we drove (a top end model – the 250XV) comes with a 17-inch wheels but the base version (250XL) comes with 16-inch wheels. Another major attraction to this new Teana is the total panoramic black roof with a sunroof and a moonroof that gives the car a more elegant and luxurious look. It also helps in taking away some of the visual bulk, since the Teana is no doubt, a large car. Another upgrade from the outgoing model comes in the form of mirror mounted indicators. The Teana is available in the Indian market with multiple colour options. Available colours are Luna Blue, Sapphire Black, Champagne Gold, Brilliant Silver, and White Pearl.

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