Nissan Elgrand is a 4-door (5-door on later editions) 8-seater (or 7-seater) MPV produced by Nissan in 1997. It is currently on its third-generation (E52) and the previous generations are the E50 and E51.
The Nissan Elgrand E50 was produced from 1997 to 2002. It was offered with various engines such as the six cylinder 3.3-liter VG33E petrol that produces 134 KW (180 HP) at 4800 rpm, the 3.5-liter VQ35DE petrol (one of Ward’s 10 best engines from 2002-2007 and in 2016) that produces 170 KW (228 HP) at 5600 rpm, the turbocharged four cylinder 3.0-liter ZD30DDTi diesel that produces 118 KW (158 HP) at 3600 rpm and the turbocharged four cylinder 3.2-liter QD32ETi diesel that produces 110 KW (149 HP). These engines were mated with a four-speed automatic transmission and came in either a 2WD or 4WD. The Elgrand E50 had several trim levels beginning with the entry (base model) trim V, VG, X, XL, Highway Star, Rider and S Edition.
The Elgrand is a spacious vehicle that accommodates up to 8 people with seats in three rows. It offers luxury that is so rare and that is why it has been the car of choice to some Asian celebrities in Thailand, Japan and Hong Kong. Climate-controlled air-conditioning, power windows, power-mirrors and alloy wheels were standard in all Elgrands.
2001 Nissan Elgrand
In late 2002, the E51 Elgrand was released replacing the E50. The E51’s wheelbase increased, giving room for a longer and wider body compared to the E50. The E51 Elgrand came with either a 6-cylinder 2.5-liter VQ25DE that produces 140 KW (188 HP) at 6400 rpm or the award winning 6-cylinder 3.5-liter VQ35DE (also used in the E50 Elgrand) which were attached to a 5-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission. The E51 comes with ventilated disc brakes and multi-link rear suspension.
The Exterior of the E51 looks just like the E50, but some features have been added to the E51 such as the side mirrors with indicators, remote-controlled rear sliding doors, and rear roof spoiler.
The Interior of the E51 is fitted with a nine-inch TV/DVD player with an 8-speaker system, captain-style seats. The E51 Elgrand is fitted with a Carwings Vehicle Information System (VIS) which comes with an eight-inch LCD screen on the dashboard. Some other options include electronic curtains, heated front seats, finely finished interior trim with wooden looks on the steering wheel and fascia panels.
2010 Nissan Elgrand 2.5 250 Highway Star
In 2010, the E52 Nissan Elgrand was released. The E52 came in either front-wheel drive (FWD) or All-Wheel drive (AWD) and the engine choices were the inline 4 2.5-liter QR25DE that produces 120 KW (161 HP) at 5200 rpm and the 6-cylinder 3.5-liter VQ35DE. These engines were mated with either a 7-speed Xtronic CVT or an automatic transmission.
The E52 unlike its predecessors is filled with some technological features such as the ‘Collision Avoidance Assist’ that applies the brakes at low speeds to avoid crash, ‘Around View Monitor’ park assist, tire pressure monitor, radar cruise control, rear parking sensors, active front lighting and ‘Dynamic Vehicle Control’.
Interior cabin was built with comfort in mind with the three-row seating layout that accommodates eight people with enough legroom ensuring comfort for all. Some other features include one-touch power folding rear seats, a touchscreen in-dash info screen, a flip-down TV/DVD screen for entertaining the rear passengers and cup holders for all passengers. The rear seats can be folded flat to accommodate luggage.
Some of the included safety features are ABS braking, dual front airbags and electronic stability control.