The all new 2019 Nissan Grand Livina has made its world debut in Indonesia. Based on the popular Mitsubishi Xpander, the new Grand Livina will go against the Toyota Avanza, Daihatsu Xenia, Honda BR-V and Suzuki Ertiga.
Although most of the Xpander’s sheetmetal have been carried over, Nissan has made modifications to the ‘Dynamic Shield’ fascia of its Alliance partner’s donor car, morphing it into the signature ‘V-Motion’ grille.
But just like the Xpander, there are slim daytime running lights sitting above big main beams in a three-tier lighting arrangement, although the LED DRL design is different. Also different from the Xpander is the lower bumper, which has a full-width silver lip that is visually connected to the silver side skirts and angular fog lamps at each end of the bumper.
The front wheel arches of the new Nissan Grand Livina are round instead of squared ones on the Mitsubishi. On the side, the deep wedged signature line, along with the “floating roof” look created by the small black strip joining the side and rear glass remain present.
At the back, the shape of the tail lamp cluster is similar, although the LED signature graphics are different with Livina sporting outward pointing boomerangs. The Nissan’s tailgate is also more simple in design compared to the donor Mitsubishi Xpander, which features lines that mimic the Dynamic Shield face. The silver diffuser of the Livina is a two-piece item.
The interior remains largely same, with equipment highlights including a 7-inch touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED DRLs, 16-inch two-tone alloys, color multi-info display with eco indicator, reverse camera, keyless entry with push start, tilt and telescopic steering and 12V power outlets for each row.
As a whole, while easily recognizable as twins, it’s easy to tell the Livina and Xpander apart. Under the skin, they remain same. The new Nissan Grand Livina is powered by a 1.5 liter engine with 104 PS and 141 Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
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