android, nissan philippines is launching the livina mpv on september 6

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three years after its global debut in 2019

, Nissan Philippines has finally confirmed that it’s bringing in the Livina MPV. Mark your calendars because it’s happening on September 6—a week before its public debut at the

Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS)

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The Nissan Livina is based off the Mitsubishi Xpander (the pre-facelifted version), and thus has its powertrain and platform pretty much copy-pasted. That said, Nissan does scrub off Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield design and replaces it with their trademark V-Motion grille. The compound headlight remains though with the top part being the LED daytime running lights / park lights while the middle serving as headlights and signal indicators (sadly, they use halogen beams, at least for the Indonesian market). At the back, it is much unchanged from the Xpander.

Inside, the Livina’s dashboard sticks close to the original Xpander, but it does have its own unique steering wheel design. Standard features include a tilt/telescopic steering column and a 7-inch infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As for available features, most of it is focused on cargo versatility and with that gets a compartmentalized seatback organizer, underseat tray, rear trunk organizer, and 12-volt power outlets on all three rows.

It’s worth pointing out though that the Livina gets one feature not found even in the top-of-the-line Xpander: leather seats.

Mechanically, the Nissan Livina gets a 1.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with Twin VTC or Variable Valve Timing Control. This engine generates 104 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 141 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. It’s mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic—the same exact figures as the Mitsubishi Xpander.

Furthermore, unlike other Nissan models which benefit from a heightened level of driver assist systems, the Living makes do with just the basic safety equipment: dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, stability control with hill start assist, and rear parking sensors with a rear camera.

Nissan Philippines has yet to confirm the exact trim and pricing available, but in Indonesia it comes in three variants: the EL, VE, and VL. The EL is the sole manual variant.

An educated guess is that because it is based off the old Xpander, Nissan Philippines will likely price their MPV lower—probably at the range of just P 973,000 to P 1.1 million making this their biggest selling point. This is compared to the new Xpander which now starts at P 1,050,000 and tops out at P 1,180,000.

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