• Nissan Elgrand

The Elgrand is a large MPV produced by the Japanese automaker Nissan.

The first generation was released in May 1997 in Japan. It is on the rival Toyota Alphard and vellfire market. Since 2010, the Elgrand is in its third generation.

The starting lineup includes a 3.3-liter V6 petrol engine with 170hp and a 4-cylinder 3 liter diesel, the Japanese market at the time was a little more open to diesel engines. In August 2000, the V6 petrol to 3.5 liters and power jumped, this time displaying 240hp.

The first Elgrand has spent most of his career in Japan and has not left Asia: it was sold either in Europe or the United States.

The Nissan Elgrand is renewed after five years of service. Line gaining aggressiveness and personality while becoming more massive. This is no problem, the main rival, the Toyota Alphard attractive himself Japanese customers by imposing appearance.

The second generation Elgrand sheds its diesel and V6 petrol more than carbide. The 3.5-liter is renewed and the range starts with a "small" 2.5-liter V6. Automatic transmission, supplied on all models, now has not four but five reports.

In August 2004, Elgrand has a fairly significant facelift, which is characterized by the replacement of the dual grille with a single rack, higher.

Inexplicably, Nissan will 8 years to completely renew the Elgrand second while the Japanese market is demanding this kind of large MPVs. It will thus greatly suffer from aging in favor of his rival Toyota updated faster.

¹ from 2008 sales include those of the Alphard and vellfire confused.

The third generation Elgrand finally arrived in the summer of 2010 The style is in the vein of the previous model but the technical part is changing significantly. It is now a traction (when it is not delivered in 4 wheels drive) and conventional automatic transmission has been replaced by a drive CVT. Finally, the base engine, gasoline still is now a 4-cylinder.

If the Elgrand still not entitled to a European career, he is now distributed in the United States under the name Quest and a redesigned grille. The previous generation Quest, overseas, had such a flop that Nissan has this time decided to limit fees for renewal. Hence the common model for both markets.