The Nissan Serena, Nissan’s popular minivan in Japan, will move to its sixth generation in October 2021, Best Car magazine reported in February. A fresh Best Car news report says that the next-gen Nissan Serena will debut in the fall of 2022.
There’s no reason given for the postponement in the release of the next-gen Nissan Serena. The introduction of the next-gen Nissan Elgrand is also facing a one-year delay, as per the Japanese auto magazine. We don’t know if Nissan has reduced the priority of its MPV projects or if the ongoing semiconductor shortage has significantly disrupted production schedules. The company wouldn’t want to announce a new model and frustrate customers by telling them to wait a year or more for delivery, as prevailing in launches this year.
A rendering of the 2022 Nissan Serena from the Japanese publication indicates that it would feature a Nissan Ariya-inspired design based on the “Timeless Japanese Futurism” theme.
The rendering previews the 2022 Nissan Serena as a less edgy but curvier design featuring sleeker lights, along with a slight touch of minimalist design on what’s otherwise a huge grille. No, Nissan probably isn’t done with bold faces on its vans targeted at Japanese customers, but the rendering suggests that it would be safe to slowly begin adopting an understated design, as that looks just as premium.
Slim LED headlamps and horizontal grille are a new take on the brand’s V-motion design, something we’ve seen even on the 2021 Nissan Note. Tall side air vents with L-shaped LED DRL at their outer edges and a split lower grille are the other visual changes at the front.
On the sides, the outgoing model’s “Spur Line”, a design feature in which the belt line drops at the front to reduce the blind spot area and kicks up at the back, isn’t present on the next-gen model. Thanks to the availability of the more advanced, ProPILOT 2.0 autonomous driving system that allows hands-off single-lane highway driving, the driver would need to be less involved in some situations compared to the current van.
2022 Nissan Serena Hybrid
Under the hood, the 2022 Nissan Serena would have the second-gen e-Power series hybrid powertrain similar to that of the 2021 Nissan Note, as per the Japanese publication. The HR12DE 1.2-litre gas engine producing 60 kW (80 hp) and 103 Nm (76 Lb.-Ft.) would charge the battery pack powering a single motor or two motors depending on the configuration.
The single-motor FWD configurations could use the EM47 motor generating 85 kW (114 hp) and 280 Nm (207 Lb.-Ft.). The dual-motor AWD configurations are likely to make use of a rear-mounted motor as well, called MM48 and delivering 50 kW (67 hp) and 100 Nm (74 Lb.-Ft.). Customers not preferring the e-Power system would have the option of a 2.0-litre gas engine with mild-hybrid technology.