• Jun 3, 2006

Nissan's latest take on a home market minivan, the Presage, has just gone on sale. Current owners venturing out to Japanese dealers to have a peek at the new model will likely immediately notice the revamped, Murano/Infiniti M-like face, which sees a familiar horizontally-straked chrome grill arc around to connect the more aggressive headlamps. The lower fascia (particularly the model seen here with auxiliary driving lamps), is similarly unusually outspoken for a minivan.

The interior hasn't been completely ignored, either. Subtle alterations include "separate, constantly lit instrument panel gauges, illuminated AT-shift position indicators and silver-colored paneling on the center cluster," among other things. In other words, those searching for a revolution would do well to look elsewhere... we're talking (very) measured improvements. Still, there's the availability of that trick blind-spot camera we first told you about back in June of last year.

The eight-passenger Presage continues to roll about on its FF L-class underpinnings it shares with the Teana, a chassis it has had since 2003. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.5-liter six-cylinder make up the powertrain choices.

Given the U.S. marketplace success of Nissan models bearing similar styling cues (the aformentioned Murano and Infiniti M35/45), it would be interesting to see if the model would generate bigger numbers than the company's slow-selling, love/hate Quest. Sadly, there's no word that the American market will ever see the Presage.

[Sources: DueMotori; Nissan]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      The Presage looks vaguely like a Quest but with a slightly different front end, but I suppose it's an entirely different chassis.
      The Quest SHOULD be doing better than it has/is doing but I suspect that the poor rep of the original Quest has hurt it. The "interesting" dashboard of the current model MAY also be working against it.
      I wonder if Nissan had used an ad campaign similar to the old "4 door sports car" series that launched the original 810/Maxima whether the Quest would be languishing on dealer lots. Most commercials I ever remember seeing appealed HEAVILY to women.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Goodness gracious that's ugly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I see Mazda5 from the A-pillar back, despite the size difference...