Nissan Grand Livina facelift was introduced to the Indonesian market this week and as we reported earlier, the updated MPV gets new engine and gearbox options. The launch has confirmed that the new X-Tronic CVT transmission is only available on the revised 1.5 litre engine, while the 1.8 litre variant soldiers on with the existing four-speed auto ’box.
A Nissan Motor Indonesia official explained that the older 1.8 litre
motor had always been intended to use the conventional transmission,
with no plans yet to offer it with a CVT. He also cites that the new,
more efficient HR15DE 1.5 litre engine is the ideal powerplant for the
MPV, at least for the Indonesian market, hence the decision to pair it
with a new transmission.
In Malaysia the pre-facelift Nissan Grand Livina
uses either a 1.6 or 1.8 litre engine, both with four-speed automatic
transmissions. We suppose the latter will stay on unchanged, but the
question remains whether Nissan will adopt the new 1.5 litre/CVT
combination for the more affordable variant.
Thanks to: Paultan