The Nissan Stagea commonly referred to as the Skyline wagon (because it shares many mechanical parts as the R33 Nissan Skyline and Nissan Laurel) is a station wagon originally produced by Nissan in 1996 as direct competition for the Subaru Legacy Touring wagon in Japan, and it was exclusive to Nissan Prince Store Japanese dealerships. .
There are 3 different versions of the Stagea, WC34 Series 1 (1996 to late 1998), WC34 Series 2 (late 1998 to 2001) and the M35 Series (2001 to 2007).
WC34 Series 1 overview
WC34 Series 1 (1996 to late 1998) This model bears many visual similarities to the HR31 Skyline, mainly on the front of the vehicle with the headlights & grill being the same shape if only slightly larger, as well as the placement of the air dams and indicator lights being in a similar position, giving the impression of lineage to the Skyline, though mechanically it is most similar to the R33 Skyline.
The Stagea was available with a 2.0L single cam, a 2.5L twin cam non turbo, a 2.5L twin cam turbo or 2.6L twin cam, twin turbo engine. All engines were from the RB range, with the 2.6L (260RS model) being the same as that equipped in the Nissan R33 GTR. Engine power ranged from 114 kW (153 hp) in the 2.0l to 172 kW (231 hp) in the 2.5l turbo and 206 kW (276 hp) in the 2.6L twin turbo.
The Stagea was available in 2WD (RWD) and AWD variants, with the RWD variants using RWD Laurel front suspension (strut type) and AWD versions using RWD r34 Skyline (multiple link) front suspsnsion. Both RWD and AWD shared its chassis platform with the c35 Laurel, which had the same wheelbase of 2720mm, and was also available in RWD and AWD. The chassis between 2WD and AWD did have some differences, the main being the drivers side chassis rail on the AWD version being positioned closer to the lower sill. This was done to make room for the transfer case located on the end of the AWD transmission.
The AWD system, ATTESA E-TS, is identical in operation to the Nissan Skyline GTS-FOUR and GTR AWD system. As an added extra, the AWD Stageas fitted with an automatic transmission also featured a transfer case lock, this locked the transfer case in full 4wd and bypassed the ABS, g-force sensor inputs and ATTESA E-TS ecu which were all normally required for the AWD system to work.
Unlike the Skyline and Laurel which had 5 speed automatic transmissions on some automatic 2.5L non turbo versions, all automatic Stageas were 4 speed. All manual models were 5 speed although only 2 models were available manual, the turbo RS4 and the 260RS, which was exclusively manual.
Chassis Code - Model Name - Engine Size - Drivetrain
- E-WGC34 - X AERO SELECTION - 2500 - 2WD
- E-WGC34 - X - 2500 - 2WD
- E-WGC34 - RS AERO SELECTION - 2500 - 2WD
- E-WGC34 - RS - 2500 - 2WD
- E-WGC34 - G - 2500 - 2WD
- GF-WHC34 - X - 2000 - 2WD
- GF-WHC34 - G - 2000 - 2WD
- E-WGNC34 - X FOUR AERO - 2500T - 4WD
- E-WGNC34 - X FOUR - 2500T - 4WD
- E-WGNC34 - RS FOUR V AERO - 2500T - 4WD
- E-WGNC34 - RS FOUR V - 2500T - 4WD
- E-WGNC34 - RS FOUR AERO - 2500T - 4WD
- E-WGNC34 - RS FOUR - 2500T - 4WD
- E-WGNC34 - X FOUR AERO - 2500 4WD
- E-WGNC34 - X FOUR - 2500 - 4WD
- E-WGNC34 - RS FOUR - 2500 - 4WD
- E-WGNC34 - G FOUR - 2500 - 4WD
- E-WGNC34 - 260RS Autech Version - 2600 - 4WD
- Frame: E-WGC34 (2WD); E-WGNC34 (4WD)
- Exterior dimensions (LxWxH): 4,800 mm (189.0 in) x 1,755 mm (69.1 in) x 1,495 mm (58.9 in)
- Interior dimensions (LxWxH): 1,900 mm (74.8 in) x 1,425 mm (56.1 in) x 1,155 mm (45.5 in)
- Wheel base: 2,720 mm (107.1 in)
- Treads (F/R): 1,460 mm (57.5 in) / 1,515 mm (59.6 in)
- Ground clearance: 145 mm (5.7 in)
- Curb vehicle weight: 1,620 kg (3,571 lb)
Series 1 paint options:
- Silver (M) (super fine hard coat)
- Dark blue Matt (super fine hard coat)
- Emerald green pearl (M) (super fine hard coat)
- Fire clear red II (super fine hard coat)
- Silky Snow (Code: WK1)
WC34 Series 2 overview
WC34 series 2 (1998 to 2001) was basically the same as the Series 1. The headlights were changed in shape and made from high impact plastic (previous model had glass headlights) an the fog/auxiliary light moved into the grill. The indicators were changed to a clear unit, and changed shape slightly. Front aero was slightly revised and body mouldings colour matched. Interior trim choices were also changed. It has the same engine choices, but they are the uprated NEO version of the RB series and higher spec models included a tiptronic auto transmission. The power ranges from 114 kW (153 hp) in the 2l to 206 kW (276 hp) for the 2.5l turbo and 2.6L twin turbo. 2WD and 4WD versions available. A choice of transmissions is also available: 4-speed auto, 4-speed tip-tronic auto and 5-speed manual for the turbo RS FOUR S and 260RS.
|2500T||RS V AERO||AT||GF-WGC34||TGKAREA||233~248|
|2500T||RS V TYPE B||AT||GF-WGC34||TGKAREA||233~236|
|2500T||X FOUR AERO||AT||GF-WGNC34||TGKNRXA||153~164|
|2500T||RS FOUR V||AT||GF-WGNC34||TGKNREA||185~200|
|2500T||RS FOUR S||MT||GF-WGNC34||TGKPREF||210~204|
|2500T||RS FOUR S TYPE B||MT||GF-WGNC34||TGKNREA||201, 202|
|2500||X FOUR AERO||AT||GF-WGNC34||TGKNRXA||141~152|
|2500||RS FOUR AERO||AT||GF-WGNC34||TGKNREA||153~164|
M35 Series overview
The M35 series (2001 to 2007) looks very different from the previous C34 models and is derived from the Skyline/G35 sedan (V35 platform). As per the Skyline the engine was changed from the RB series I6 to the VQ series V6.
Series 1 models
From October 2001 to August 2004 the following range of models were available:
- 250RS/RS V/RX: VQ25DD engine (V6 2.5L NA, direct injection, 158.3 kW), rear-wheel drive
- 250RS FOUR/RX FOUR: VQ25DD engine (V6 2.5L NA, direct injection, 158.3 kW), four-wheel drive
- 250tRS FOUR V/RX FOUR: VQ25DET engine (V6 2.5L single turbo, 205.94 kW), four-wheel drive
- 300RX: VQ30DD engine (V6 3.0L NA, direct injection, 191.23 kW), rear-wheel drive.
There were a couple of sub-variants:
- 250tRS FOUR V HICAS: A 250tRS FOUR V with the addition of the Nissan HICAS four-wheel steering system
- AR-X FOUR: A 250t FOUR (i.e. 2,5L turbo/4wd) model with increased ride height and SUV-like body ornaments. 206 kW (276 hp)
- There were 4 'aero selection' models added in 2002 to the 250RS/250tRS FOUR/250tRS FOUR V/250tRS FOUR V HICAS ranges, this added a bodykit to the standard car.
Series 2 models
In August 2004 the range was modified:
- 250RX: VQ25DD engine (V6 2.5L NA, direct injection, 158.3 kW), rear-wheel drive
- 250RX FOUR: VQ25DD engine (V6 2.5L NA, direct injection, 158.3 kW), four-wheel drive
- 350RX: VQ35DE engine (V6 3.5L NA 200 kW), rear-wheel drive
- 350RX FOUR: VQ35DE engine (V6 3.5L NA, 200 kW), four-wheel drive
- AR-X FOUR: VQ35DE engine (V6 3.5L NA, 200 kW), four-wheel drive
Series 2+ Models
From late 2006 the engines changed from the DE series to the HR series and both the following can be found ex Japan; VQ25HR and VQ35HR
End of life
Nissan ceased production of the Stagea in early June 2007, Nissan Japan stated that it would continue to sell the remaining stock of the vehicle but that production of the vehicle had ended. The model segment served by this vehicle was replaced by the Nissan Skyline Crossover.