ETCM has updated the Nissan Teana for 2013. Changes are predominantly cosmetic but the new Teana also boasts a Blind Spot Warning System – the first of its kind in the D-Segment.
Exterior-wise, the updated Teana’s grille now has a smoked finish while side sill covers, a rear spoiler as well as front and rear bumper skirts give the car a slightly edgier look than before. A black theme is now adopted for the interior, providing a much sportier look than the previous beige cabin. The wooden inserts, four spoke leather steering wheel and on-roof console illumination have also been updated accordingly.
The Teana’s Blind Spot Warning System is similar to those commonly used in Volvos and Fords. When a vehicle is detected to be within the blind spot or ‘alert zone’, which measures three meters long and three meters wide, drivers will be alerted via a blink of an LED light or the sound of a buzzer depending on the situation to avoid a potential collision. The threat in the blind spot is determined via two 24GHz radar sensors mounted inside the rear bumper.
This mid-life update only applies to the 250XV variant, which carries a 2.5-litre V6 that delivers 182hp and 228Nm of torque. This means that the cheaper 2.0-litre model will not come with the new interior and Blind Spot Warning System.
The updated Nissan Teana 2.5L, which comes in five choice of colours (Deep Amethyst Grey, Tungsten Silver, Sapphire Black, Chardonnay Gold and Brilliant White) is priced at RM173,100 on-the-road. As part of the launch, ETCM is offering buyers of the Teana a 0% hire purchase interest rate for 12 months with savings of up to RM8,888, applicable until 31st March 2013.