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Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) today introduced proper its large Sedan, the all-new or 3rd Generation Teana. Perculiarly, ETCM has declined to even hint the estimated price for its important D-segment variant prior to this official introduction despite conducting a thorough media test run. Regardless, the price range for the Teana 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter has now been announced, ranging from RM 139,800 to 169,900.

The Teana variant has been a popular choice for large sedan buyers around the globe, amassing about 1 million units since 2003. This variant carries the Altima name plate in the States.

As our writer had recently performed first impressions on the new Teana, he reckoned that the Teana is poised to remain a serious contender in the executive car segment along the other D-segment favorites on domestic shores like the Accord and Camry.

A sharper and forward thrusting frontal design for the 3rd-generation Nissan Teana

Exterior-wise, the L33 Teana has arrow-like headlights that replace the older, softer triangular ‘lynx’ headlight design of the previous edition. Speaking of headlights, Bi-Xenons with auto-leveling and washers are made available for the top flight 2.5 XV.

A sharper and flatter bonnet line accentuates the more angular frontal design, shedding the implied bulk of the old bonnet. The shoulder lines now extend up and forwards toward the headlights for a more aggressive stance, while accentuating the sharp rear design by ending above the rearlights and not under it like the older car. This visually takes away some of the bulk associated with a car of this size and gives it a very sharp and taut side profile indeed. The rear door handles are now on the same level as the front handles, again giving the new car an uplifting image. Moving on to the rear quarter, the rear overhang no longer slopes outwards but gets tucked in for a more angular presentation.

Black leather scheme for the seats with silver trimmings on the dashboard and door panels fulfill the typical ‘Premium’ tagline inside the new Teana. A slightly upgraded cabin overall size and a boot space of 516 liters give the Teana its bigger and better personification. Relevant interior features include 60:40 split-fold seats, “Zero-Gravity Inspired” seat, 4-inch ADAD (Advanced Drive Assist Display) with 3D between the meters, Dual-zone air-conditioning, Steering with switches, a Push Start, an Electric Adjustable Sunroof (only for the 2.5-liter), Rear Power Sunshade (2.5-liter only) and a BOSE Premium 9-speaker system (2.5-liter only).

The 3rd-gen Teana uses a new QR25E Twin-CVTC powerplant that improves on low- and mid-range torque. The 2.5-liter enables 173 hp and 234 Nm of torque (up 6 Nm from its predecessor), while the 2.0-liter models aren’t too shabby either at 136 hp and 190 Nm. Both powerplants are paired to an XTRONIC CVT automatic transmission, which is now fitted with a Drive Sport mode to improve on fuel efficiency and performance.

Other mechanical improvements include a new Rear Multi-Link suspension system that boasts an enhanced smooth ride with greater stability and improved traction, offering a good balance between responsive steering and a comfortable ride, while an Electro-Hydraulic Power Steering (EHPS) takes advantage of the natural feedback of an hydraulic based steering system while being harnessed to an electric motor instead of a conventional hydraulic belt-drive which frees up the engine’s power.

Another innovation worthy of mention is the new Active Under-steer Control (AUC) system which prevents under-steering while the driver charges into a corner over a variety of road conditions including slippery, wet and/or snowy/sandy conditions. AUC works by braking the inner wheel during cornering maneuvers and works seamlessly with the car’s Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS). It’s like having a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) albeit electronic in nature.

Last, but not least, a full range of customary safety features include 6 SRS Airbags, VDC, ABS, EBD, BA, and Hill Start Assist. Passive features extend to ISOFIX, front seat belts with load limiters and pre-tensioners, 3 point Emergency Locking Restraint (ELR), speed sensitive Variable-intermittent wipers and high strength steel.

2014 Nissan Teana price and availability

The on-the-road price of the new Nissan Teana 2.5XV is RM 169,900, the 2.0XL retails for RM 149,800 and the 2.0XE runs at RM139,800. All prices include a warranty of 3-years/100,000 km.