When talk begins about Japanese luxury sedans, several cars may come to mind, and one of those must be the Nissan Cima. Nissan Cima is a luxury sedan manufactured by Toyota Motors from the late 80s’ to 2020, with a brief production hiatus from August 2010 to March 2012. The Cima was very well received on its release, with more than 60000 units sold in its first year. There have been several Cima releases, with the latest being the fifth generation.
First Generation Cima
The Cima Y31 was released in 1998 marking the beginning of the first generation that lasted till 1991. It was a 4-door hardtop luxury sedan that was built to disrupt and capture a portion of the market that was dominated by German luxury executive cars.
The interior of the car featured front adjustable seats and a bench at the rear covered in moquette upholstery. The driver was accommodated with adjustable power steering, an MW/LW/FM radio cassette player, and some air conditioning.
The standard version of the Cima came fitted with the naturally aspirated 6-cylinder 220 HP 3.0-liter VG30DE petrol engine while providing an option for a turbocharged 6-cylinder 250 HP 3.0-liter VG30DET petrol engine. These engines transmitted power to the wheels via a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Second Generation Cima
The Cima Y32 was released in late 1991 and lasted until 1996. The earlier releases of the Cima Y32 were boxy with late entrants becoming a bit curvy. The front end of the Cima features a mid-size chrome-plated grille flanked by large enough halogen headlights. The bumper is well designed with fog lights and signal lights. The interior of the Y31 is neatly finished, with seats covered in fabric or leather. The power-adjustable front seats are spacious with enough legroom and foot room, the driving position is high enough to offer the driver great exterior visibility. The rear seats are cushy and comfortable, but to enjoy this comfort, it should sit two instead of three as the transmission tunnel interferes with the leg positioning of the center seat. The center console is fitted with a TV tuner, radio cassette player, and an ashtray. Storage is offered in terms of a glove compartment, door pockets, a center bin, jacket pockets, and a large boot.
The Cima Y32 came fitted with an 8-cylinder 268 HP 4.1-liter VH41DE petrol engine, but some models were fitted with the 6-cylinder 255 HP 3.0-liter VG30DET. These engines transfer power to the wheels via a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Third Generation Cima
The third iteration Cima Y33 was released in 1996, and for the first time was available for export markets. In America, it was sold under Nissans’ Infiniti brand as the Infiniti Q45. One could easily mistake the Y33 with a Mercedes Benz as its exterior styling features some resemblance to some models of the German carmaker. The Cima is a large sedan with lots of space, it can comfortably accommodate five passengers, with enough head, leg, and foot room, but to enjoy the comfort and poshness of the car, especially the rear seats where there is the distraction of the transmission tunnel, we recommend 4 passengers. The dash is nicely done; the analog instrument cluster offers great visibility. The earlier models of this generation were fitted with a TV tuner and radio cassette player, while later models came with a radio, CD player, and a digital display that functions as a navigation screen and rearview camera display. When it comes to storage, this car offers plenty of storage, from the large glove box, door pockets, front seat jacket pockets, and a large boot.
The Cima Y33 continued the use of the 8-cylinder 268 HP 4.1-liter VH41DE petrol engine as standard, with the 6-cylinder 220 HP 3.0-liter VQ30DE petrol engine and the 8-cylinder 340 HP 4.5-liter VK45DE petrol engine as options. The power to the wheels was transferred via a 4-speed automatic transmission or CVT.
Fourth Generation Cima
The Cima F50 arrived early in 2001. Unlike the previous models that were built on a Skyline platform, this model was built on an updated Nissan President platform as a result the F50’s interior and exterior changed as well, with the most noticeable exterior feature being its unique seven reflector headlights. In the US this model was available as the Infiniti Q45.
The Cima F50 is a true essence of luxury, with a detailed interior from the dash, seats, door panels, upholstery and you name it. Other features include a Bose audio system, steering audio control buttons, rear privacy glass, power seats, and climate control.
When it comes to space, the Cima has always been great, and storage is plenty with cup holders, a large glovebox, door pockets, a center bin, front seat jacket pockets, and a large boot.
The Cima F50 came fitted with the 8-cylinder 4.5-liter VK45DD direct-injection petrol engine or the 6-cylinder 3.0-liter VQ30DET petrol engine, with both engines producing 270 HP. These engines were attached to either a 4-speed or 5-speed automatic transmission.
Fifth Generation Cima
After a brief hiatus, Nissan resumed the production of the Cima Y51 in Japan in 2012 and sold in America from 2015 as the Infiniti Q70L. Talk of luxury, the Y51 is the ultimate, with the neat, illuminating, and detailed interior; it sure doesn’t get better than this. This car comes wrapped with leather or synthetic leather all over the interior, from the steering wheel, gear knob, door panels, and seats. This is a five-passenger car, but to get the most out of it, 4 will be better, with every passenger getting a personalized roof light. Its high driving position offers the driver great visibility, and the tilt and rake steering allows the driver to set the steering on the desired position. At the top of the center console, you find a multifunctional digital display that serves as navigation, rearview camera, DVD, and audio functions screen. Below it, there are two air vents with an analog clock between them, followed by climate control buttons and a DVD/CD/Radio player with Bluetooth compatibility.
The Y51 has several storage compartments such as the glove box, cup holders, center bin, poor pockets, jacket pockets, and a large boot.
The Cima Y51 is a hybrid model; it comes fitted with a 6-cylinder 300 HP 3.5-liter VQ35HR petrol engine that works in parallel with an advanced electric motor HM34 that produces 67 HP. This engine transfers power to the wheels via a 7-speed automatic transmission.
If you are looking for a combination of luxury, power, space, and great looks, then don’t go any further, the Nissan Cima is the car for you. Nissan has a reputation of manufacturing robust machines, and the Cima is a true revelation on that, so if you have been wondering of buying yourself one of these models, wonder no more just choose a model from our large list of Nissan Cima’s and we will be proud to serve you.
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya