NISSAN Teana Models/Series Timeline, Specifications & Photos

Generations: 2
First production year: 2003
Engines: Gasoline
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The Japanese carmaker introduced the second generation of the Teana lineup in 2008 at the Beijing Auto Show, and it proved that Nissan could offer luxury vehicles outside the Infiniti badge.

Nissan was on the verge of upgrading its lineup and introduced a large sedan on specific markets worldwide. It wasn't available everywhere to not interfere with the Renault Latitude in Europe or with the Maxima in the U.S. But it shared the same qualities that made those vehicles good in their class.

Long as an executive sedan, with not a single flat surface on its bodywork, the Teana showed no fear in front of competitors such as the Audi or Jaguar. Its wide grille with horizontal slats and swept-back, vertical headlights were unusual for its times. Its raked windshield and curved roof made the vehicle more aerodynamic. Under its sloped D-pillars, the carmaker installed the third row of windows behind the rear doors.

Inside, the Teana featured the same infotainment system used for the Infiniti range, with a controller on the center stack's upper side. For the base models, Nissan offered the vehicle with a velour interior. The upper trim levels featured leather upholstery and wood-trims on the dashboard, center console, and door panels. Thanks to its long wheelbase, the rear seat passengers had enough legroom and headroom.

Under the hood, Nissan installed three engine choices. They were all paired to an X-Tronic gearbox (CVT), which sent the power to the front wheels.

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NISSAN Teana photo gallery

The Nissan Teana was introduced to the market in 2003 as a replacement for both Nissan Cefiro, Bluebird, and Laurel. It was one step under the luxury four-door sedan Nissan Skyline.

The Teana was one answer to the wide range of cars offered by the Japanese car-maker. There were way too many models and the marketing department was struggling to find a way to promote them, but not to overlap them in advertising. The car was exported to other markets as the Nissan Maxima, or even with the Teana name in the ex-Soviet area or other countries.

From the outside, the mid-size sedan featured a bold look with Nissan Murano inspired headlights and a greenhouse that suggested a rear-wheel-drive vehicle. But it was front-wheel-drive and, on some markets, it was offered with an all-wheel-drive system. The 16” light-alloy wheels were fitted as standard. In December 2005, the Teana received new headlights and taillights, chrome trimming on the bumpers, enlarged foglights, and newly designed gauges.

Inside, there was an elegant interior with leather and wood trims on the center console and on the door panels. It featured an infotainment system that was carried-over from the Nissan Primera. The same car was sold in Korea as Samsung SM5/7.

For the engine compartment, the Teana was offered with three engine choices and only automatic transmission. Either it was a 4-speed or a CVT with 6 pre-set gears, it was a car built for comfort, with enough room for the rear passengers.

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