Nissan GT-R update – February/March
The 2015 model year updates for Nissan’s twin-turbo supercar focus on the ‘GT’ end of its badge, aiming to make it a more comfortable beast.
Nissan claims its new tyres help improve ride comfort and its revised damper rates aid cornering and rough road stability, while brake noise has also been quietened and vibrations through the steering wheel and elsewhere have been reduced.
MY15 Godzilla is otherwise unchanged, carrying over its 404kW/628Nm 3.8-litre V6 and retaining its 2.7-second 0-100km/h acceleration ability.
Read more about the Nissan GT-R.
Nissan Navara – March/April
Nissan’s most important vehicle launch of 2015 will occur in autumn when the all-new Navara arrives on the scene.
Replacing the D40 and ancient D22 Navara models, the new ute will be available in three cab styles, rear- and four-wheel drive, and with the choice of three new engines.
The diesel options – both 2.3-litre four-cylinder units – include a 118kW/403Nm single turbo and a 140kW/450Nm twin-turbo. The latter’s outputs are 30kW and 100Nm down on the old 3.0-litre V6 Navara, though Nissan claims its peak torque is now available from 1500rpm (down 500rpm) and its fuel use falls almost 20 per cent.
A 118kW/231Nm 2.5-litre petrol engine will also be offered in select 4x2 variants.
Increased towing capacity (Nissan is targeting 3.5 tonnes), more sophisticated ride quality, and a quiet and car-like interior will all be welcome additions to Nissan’s popular ute.
Read more about the Nissan Navara.
Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan – March/April
The Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan will finally reach Australian showrooms by April – 12 months later than originally planned – after being delayed to allow Nissan to reduce existing stock of the outgoing luxury Ti sedan.
The sporty SSS sedan will be powered by the same turbocharged 140kW/240Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that’s fitted to the hatch, and feature similar equipment levels and exterior enhancements.
The Pulsar SSS sedan will be priced from about $30,000 before on-road costs, likely wearing a price tag slightly higher than the SSS hatchback that costs $29,790 with the six-speed manual transmission and $32,390 with the automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Read more about the Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan.
Nissan Micra update – Q2
The updated Nissan Micra will finally reach our shores in the second quarter of 2015 – more than two years after its international unveiling. (The delay has been the result of Nissan Australia’s decision to shift its Micra production source from Indonesia to India at the start of 2013.
The 2015 Micra gets more angular headlights, a V-shaped chrome grille, reshaped bumper and foglight housings, and LED tail-lights, while the cabin benefits from a sharper-looking centre stack with square air vents and new air conditioning controls, along with new instrument cluster graphics and fresh trim colours and materials.
Expect the Micra’s 56kW/100Nm 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine and sub-$14,000 starting price to carry over into the updated range.
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Nissan Murano – Mid 2015
The arrival of the third-generation Murano will complete Nissan’s overhauled SUV line-up, joining the new or recently updated Juke, Qashqai, X-Trail, Pathfinder and Patrol.
The style-centric large crossover trades its toothy grin for Nissan’s ‘V-Motion’ grille and boomerang headlight design, while matching tail-lights, a disguised D-pillar, and heavily contoured door and side panels make for an emotional, characterful design.
The premium cabin is filled with leather and digital displays, and adaptive cruise control and the 360-degree around view monitor head a long list of driver assist safety systems.
Power continues to come from a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine, which produces 194kW and 325Nm.
Production will shift from Japan to Mississippi in the US for Australia-bound 2015 Murano vehicles.
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Nissan Juke update – Mid 2015
Updated outside, inside, and under the bonnet, the Nissan Juke will get a number of key improvements for 2015.
No less polarising than before, the exterior gets new boomerang-shaped upper headlights with LED daytime running lights, a slimmer grille, restyled bumpers and fresh tail-lights, while the cabin gains a 5.8-inch touchscreen and a redesigned boot that’s 40 per cent larger in front-wheel-drive variants (now 354 litres).
An 85kW/190Nm 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine replaces the old naturally aspirated 1.6 in the entry models, while the larger 1.6 turbo has been tinkered for improved bottom-end performance.
Read more about the Nissan Juke.