Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has announced that the fifth-generation Nissan Serena S-Hybrid is now open for booking with its official launch slated for May 2018.

Under the hood you’ll find the same MR20DD 2.0-litre Twin CVTC (Continuously Variable-valve Timing Control) four-cylinder hybrid system paired to an XTRONIC CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) to develop 148 hp and 200 Nm of torque, the latter peaking at 4,400 rpm. Like the outgoing model, the new car is front-wheel driven.

Nissan has made some improvements to the hybrid powertrain in the form of a new Dual Arm Tensioner (DAT) that gives a lower tension on the arm belt to reduce power loss and contribute to better fuel economy. The ECO motor that controls the Idling Stop system has been improved to provide more torque during start-up acceleration as well as act as an alternator to facilitate energy recuperation during deceleration and braking.

The improved hybrid system earns the new MPV best-in-class fuel economy of 14.2 km/L, based on the New European Driving Cycle. The Serena S-Hybrid also qualifies for the Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) status.

As for specs, our local Serena S-Hybrid will now feature a seven-seater configuration (previously eight) with two captain seats for the middle passengers. Nissan has also thrown in seven USB charging ports for each passenger, a convenient touch. Practicality has also been improved significantly thanks to the, sliding third-row seats, bi-level boot space and dual opening tailgate (rear glass opens independently of tailgate).

Our Serena S-Hybrid will come with the Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite that includes Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM) 360-degree camera, Hands-Free Dual Power Sliding Doors that can open or close the sliding doors by a kicking motion, Intelligent Moving Object Detection (I-MOD) that detects moving objects surrounding the vehicle and Driver Attention Alert. It remains to be seen whether Nissan’s ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology will make its debut.

Other standard safety equipment reads six airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Hill Start Assist (HSA), and two ISOFIX mounting points.

ETCM did not reveal pricing details of the new Nissan Serena S-Hybrid nor the number of variants available at launch. The new MPV is available for viewing at selected shopping malls and roadshows nationwide:

Date Region Venue
3 – 8 April Eastern AEON KB, Kota Bahru
3 – 8 April Central IPC Shopping Mall, Petaling Jaya
5 – 8 April Central Tropicana City Mall, Petaling Jaya
6 – 8 April Sarawak Vivacity Megamall, Kuching
7 – 8 April Sabah Imago Times Square, Kota Kinabalu
11 -15 April Central Alamanda Mall, Putrajaya
12 – 15 April Southern AEON Seremban 2, Seremban
17 – 22 April Central AEON Shah Alam, Selangor
20 – 22 April Southern Sutera Mall, Johor Bahru
23 – 29 April Central Sunway Pyramid, Sunway
25 – 29 April Central One Utama, Petaling Jaya
26 – 29 April Northern Queensbay Mall, Penang
26 – 29 April Southern MYDIN MITC, Melaka
27 – 29 April Central Melawati Mall, Kuala Lumpur
27 – 29 April Central 1 Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
27 April – 1 May Central IOI City Mall, Putrajaya
3 – 6 May Central Starling Mall, Petaling Jaya
3 – 6 May Northern Ipoh Parade, Ipoh
3 – 6 May Northern Gurney Plaza, Penang

Roadshow Schedule

Date Region Venue
3 – 8 April Southern AEON Bukit Indah, Johor Bahru
6 – 8 April Central Leisure Mall Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
26 – 29 April Central MAI Autoshow @ MAEPS, Serdang
26 – 29 April Eastern Kuantan City Mall, Kuantan
2 – 6 May Central Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur
3 – 6 May Central Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang
4 – 6 May Central iCar Asia Test & Buy @ Setia City Convention Centre


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Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.