Nissan Motor Co. just unveiled the latest generation of Serena in Japan. The mid-size MPV comes up with the new design and latest technology and will go on sale in Japan at the end of August. And it will be followed by other countries later this year.
The highlight of the latest Serena is a new technology that is implemented to the car. Named ProPilot, it’s an autonomous driving system from Japanese carmaker. As we know, the system enables driver to switch driving mode to fully-automatic controlled by system. It’s designed for highway use in single-lane traffic.
The system uses advanced image-processing technology, so ProPilot enables to read the road and traffic situation around the car. Interestingly, the driver just switch the button on the steering wheel to activate or deactivate the system. The system can be operated at 30 km/h to 100 km/h. Moreover, Nissan said that New Serena is the first car with autonomous system in Japan.
For exterior design, the MPV still has a boxy design. But Nissan’s designers try a something new, such as floating D-pillar, thinner A-pillar for better visibility, and two tone color as a standard. Up front, we can see V-Motion grille which now becomes Nissan’s identity, split headlights that makes latest Serena looks like Toyota Vellfire full-size luxury MPV at a glance. At the rear, the taillights is still placed on D-pillar but you won’t see a tall rear lights anymore. Because the car company replaces it with smaller size taillights. To add luxury feel, there is a chrome accent above the number license.
Inside, buyer will get a roomy cabin combined with an elegant design. Moreover, the interior is clean and simple. To get in the car is easier than its predecessor and its rival. Because both the electric sliding doors can be opened by sliding your foot under the door, so you don’t need to put down your stuffs anymore. You have to bring the Intelligent Key to activate the system. The front and the second-row seats get zero gravity feature to add more comfort during the trip.
There’s no major change for the engine, but S-Hybrid model. Now, Serena Hybrid gets Xtronic transmission that adds torque 50 Nm.
Text: Andhika Pradityo