As many of you know, I’m a person who likes cars and this has intensified further after working for TOPGEAR and Malaysian EVO magazines in the past. I particularly like hot hatches and sedans although every now and then I do test drive SUVs and MPVs. The nice folks over at Nissan Malaysia came a-calling and asked me if I wanted to test drive the 7-seater Nissan Grand Livina for the weekend.
The Grand Livina? Isn’t that an MPV? Then they went on to mention that it was tuned by IMPUL and I duly accepted! An MPV tuned by IMPUL? This was going to be interesting…
Powerplant & Transmission
This Grand Livina is powered by a 1.6L DOHC, 16-Valve, 4-Cylinder in-line engine with drive-by-wire technology which puts out 105 horses and has a maximum torque of 150Nm at 4,400 rpm.
The transmission is a 5-speed manual although it’s also available in a 4-speed electronically controlled 4-speed automatic with lock-up torque converter version.
Suspension & Handling
The front is independent MacPherson struts with stabilizer bar while the rear is torsion beam. (FYI the standard Grand Livina comes with 15” alloy rims utilizing 185/65 R15 tyres)
The suspension is relatively stiff which provides a great ride but not at a total expense of comfort. Body roll is barely noticeable and it’s the result of the Impul suspension system which consists of upgraded shock absorbers and springs that lower the ride-height by 25mm.
The Grand Livina uses a monocoque body which is lightweight and has high rigidity resulting in better handling of the vehicle.
The brakes are equipped with ABS, EBD and a brake assist system, while there are SRS airbags for the driver and front passenger.
Now to the interior.
Well definitely an interesting vehicle and I would say it’s suitable for the family man/ young mommy who’s looking for a more spirited drive which is something you won’t get from the normal MPV. Who says you can’t be a parent and look cool at the same time?
The Impul package will set you back RM10,700.00 on top of the price of the Grand Livina which is:
1.6L (Manual) Comfort – RM97,500.00
1.6L (Auto) Comfort – RM100,500.00
1.8L (Auto) – RM109,500.00
*prices are on-the-road with insurance (Peninsular Malaysia) and comes with a 3-year or 100,000km warranty (whichever comes first)
More info at http://www.nissan.com.my