Following the Nissan Grand Livina facelift launch last year, here comes a similarly updated version of its X-Gear derivative, henceforth known simply as the Nissan X-Gear.
The new model drops its ‘Livina’ nomenclature to create better product separation between this vehicle, which continues to be marketed as a crossover and the regular seven-seater Grand Livina that is positioned as an MPV. Mechanical underpinnings are unchanged however, being carried over from the outgoing Livina X-Gear launched in 2011.
Appearance-wise, the new X-Gear nevertheless maintains its familial resemblance with the Livina family inheriting the facelifted seven-seater’s new head and tail lamp clusters. A new bumpers front and rear adorn the revised fascia, and along the flanks, unpainted side mouldings with metallic underside inserts contribute to the rugged look that is the main selling point of this model.
The rear hatch opens to 383 litres of luggage space, which can be extended to 769 litres with the 60:40 split rear seats folded down. For even bulkier and heavier items, the X-Gear is also fitted with a functional roof rack with a 25kg rated load capacity.
Key enhancements to the interior include the new Fine Vision Meter instrument cluster with multi-info display and a new three-spoke steering which incorporates audio control buttons. Standard audio is a new 2-DIN head unit that is improved from the pre-facelift model and optionally available is a RM3,300 upgrade to the 6.5″ touchscreen multimedia navigator system with integrated reverse camera.
Safety carries on from the pre-facelift model’s complement of dual airbags, ABS, EBD, and brake assist, but enhaned with pre-tensioned front seat belts.
Featuring the proven 1.6-litre HR16DE engine in its unchanged state, the Nissan X-Gear continues to be available exclusively in its sole 1.6-litre automatic version at RM89,800 with insurance, up from RM84,800 of the previous model. A range of PDI-fitted optional upgrades are available, including the complete Impul suspension and bodykit package for RM7,900.
Pictures: Official Nissan release.