The 2014 Nissan Teana has finally made a touchdown in South Asia, namely Thailand, with the introduction of the J33. The D-segment sedan will be available in both 2.0 and 2.5-litre versions and in five variant forms.
Prices for the 2014 Nissan Teana in Thailand range from 1,270,000 baht (Rs 25.14 lakh) to 1,620,000 baht
(Rs 32. 05 lakh) and Nissan says it is aiming to sell 10,000 units domestically in the coming 12 months. Produced at the Bangsaotong plant in Thailand, the car will be exported to more than 30 countries worldwide.
Nissan seems to have been concentrating on the safety features as this has been one of the main demands of customers everywhere. The list includes an Around View Monitor (AVM), it provides a bird’s-eye view of the car on a 3D screen. There’s also an Intelligent Transport System (ITS), which when paired with the AVM, provides drivers with a complete 360-degree awareness of the Teana’s surrounding.
The ITS integrates three main technologies like lane departure warning and moving object detection as well to make the drive safer. Apart from this, the Teana is also equipped with vehicle dynamics control, ABS, EBD, traction control system, brake assist, intelligent keys with immoblisers, anti-theft alarm, rear view camera and six airbags.
The models being offered in Thailand will come with two colour schemes; first being a combination of a black leather interior and metallic trims, while the second has beige leather interior and wood-tone trims.
The new D-segment car comes pretty well equipped. On the equipment list there is an Advanced Drive-Assist Display system, a high-end BOSE nine-speaker stereo system and a Welcome Seat. The Welcome Seat is a function that moves the driver’s seat back by 40mm to make getting in and out of the Teana easier.
With regards to the engine, Nissan is opting for a new four-cyclinder 2.5-litre mill and a next-generation XTRONIC CVT transmission. The new 2.5-litre engine throws up 173hp and 234Nm of torque. The 2.0-litre engine remains as the entry-level choice, pushing out 136hp and 190Nm of torque.
New to the Teana’s driving experience are three new shift modes available from the next-gen XTRONIC CVT: Eco-mode, D-Mode, and the sporty Ds-Mode. Designed to reduce friction by up to 40 per cent, the new transmission is more efficient and also smoother than before.
It has been a long time since India got to see another Teana model. We will be among the 30 countries to which it will be exported and 2014 Indian Auto Expo might just be the place where we see it first.