Nissan Tiida

The Entire Refresh

Courtesy of RYMCO, official distributor of Nissan vehicles in Lebanon, we had the opportunity to drive the all new refreshed Nissan Tiida for 4 days. The Tiida is shaped to complement the lifestyle of the young at heart customers throughout the region. With dynamic styling looks, advanced technology and spaciousness, the completely revised second generation of the Middle East's bestselling compact hatchback has everything to build on the Tiida nameplate's established success. Nissan aims to more than double sales and extend market share beyond 60% with the introduction of the all new Nissan Tiida. 

Driving Impressions
The car is what every driver wants to reach point A to point B. Although it is a bit boring to drive because of the CVT gearbox transmission that doesn't let you feel the change of the gears. Compared to its predecessor, the car looks better and driving is also better in terms of handling and drivability. The good things about the new Tiida are fuel efficiency, cabin space and features, and as mentioned above the ameliorated ride quality. On the other hand, the cons are not that bad but the car becomes a bit overpriced when ordering it with extra options, as well a little noisy when accelerating from a standstill.

Exterior
Inside and out, the all new Nissan Tiida is dynamically styled. The refreshed aerodynamic body shape blends sophistication with a sporty influence, complemented by a widened and lowered stance, electric-folding mirrors and 17" alloy wheels.

Interior
Inside, a sleek, modern cabin welcomes the driver and passengers featuring quality materials and lifestyle-accommodating design. No matter what the day has in store, the all new Nissan Tiida's owners can be sure of being able to take it in stride. Class-leading spaciousness provides comfortable accommodation for up to five adult passengers while the standard 60/40 split rear bench offers the option of tackling bulky loads. 

Drivetrain
The all new 2013 Nissan Tiida 5-door hatchback is available with the choice of two engines and five well-equipped grades. Starting with the 1.6 liter 'S', which comes as standard with 60/40 rear split bench, dual front airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution), BA (Brake Assist), next Generation Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and keyless entry, rising to the 1.8-litre SL Plus, with leather seats, 6 airbags and electrically-controlled sunroof. Available options include satellite navigation, 5.8" QVGA color display and rear view camera and iPod connectivity.

Powertrain efficiency: equipped with either 116hp (154Nm) HR16DE 1.6 liter or 131hp (174Nm) MRA8DE 1.8 liter engines and the new generation Xtronic CVT transmission, all new Tiida provides performance and fuel efficiency.

The HR16DE 1.6 liter engine is equipped with a dual injector system and twin CVTC (Continuously Variable-valve Timing Control), providing a smoother ride with great control and responsiveness, along with superior fuel economy - making it an ideal road companion for all types of driving conditions.

The MRA8DE 1.8 liter engine was developed to excel. With its longer stroke and Twin CVTC system on intake and exhaust valves, it offers greater combustion efficiency and maximum fuel economy. All new Tiida's engine is very durable but lightweight, giving great performance and power without adding weight.

Features
The all new Tiida is equipped as standard with anti-lock braking system, brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution, and dual airbags.

ABS modulates the brakes to help the driver maintain stability and steering control as well as prevents the brakes from locking.

Brake Assist & Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) senses emergency braking and automatically helps to apply maximum braking pressure if needed. Meanwhile, EBD automatically varies the braking force in accordance with load distribution to maximize stopping power.

Six Airbags - (standard on 1.8 liter SL Plus) dual front, dual side curtain SRS airbags will protect the driver and passenger in the case of a front or side impact.

Vehicle Dynamic  Control (VDC) - (optional on all grades) Tiida's optional VDC compares the actions of the driver with the current vehicle behavior and selectively brakes individual wheels and controls engine power to help keep the car on its intended path.

Immobilizer - A system that only allows ignition with a particular code key.

An attractive multimedia package is available with all new Nissan Tiida including push to start engine, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System and Streaming Audio with iPod or portable MP3 player through USB port. 5.8" color touch display, navigation, rear view camera, auto and rear A/C vents with dual climate control.

Verdict
It is with no doubt a much better looking car than its predecessor. I still don't understand where the Tiida stands in comparison with the Sentra that has also been launched in the Middle East. Sentra is a better preference for a vaguely inferior price. Pass by the nearest showroom around the Gulf or Levant and ask for a test drive.

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