Nissan Teana

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Nissan Teana
2004 Nissan Maxima (J31) Ti sedan (2015-07-09) 01.jpg
Manufacturer Nissan
Production 2003–present
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size
Layout FF layout / Optional AWD (Int'l)
Predecessor Nissan Bluebird
Nissan Cefiro
Nissan Maxima QX (Europe)

The Nissan Teana is a mid-size car produced by Nissan of Japan. It is exported as the Nissan Maxima and Nissan Cefiro to certain markets. It replaces the Nissan Bluebird and Cefiro. It shares a platform with the Nissan Maxima and Nissan Altima which are sold in North America.As well as the Japanese market Presage minivan. The Teana has been available in East Asia, Russia, Ukraine, South Asia, ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America and the Caribbean.

As of 2007 the Teana shares its platform with its French cousin, the Renault Laguna and Renault Latitude in most of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and in Southeast Asia as the Renault Samsung SM5.

With the introduction of the Teana, Nissan continued the J lineage for the model codes (J31 and J32) from the Nissan Maxima (J30).

Starting with the introduction of the third generation in 2013, the Teana is now a badge engineered version of the North American Altima.

The name "Teana" is from that of a small village in Italy, sharing a naming influence for the Nissan Murano, another city in Italy, which appeared at the same time.

First generation (J31; 2002–2008)[edit]

Nissan Teana (J31)
Manufacturer Nissan
Also called Nissan Maxima
Nissan Cefiro
Production 2002—2008
2004–2009 (Thailand)
Assembly Japan: Kanda, Fukuoka (Nissan Shatai)
China: Xiangfan[1]
South Korea: Busan (RSM)
Thailand: Samut Prakan[2]
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size
Body style 4-door sedan
Platform FF-L platform
Related Renault Samsung SM5
Renault Samsung SM7
Renault Safrane
Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima
Nissan Murano
Nissan Quest
Nissan Cefiro
Engine 2.0L QR20DE L4
2.3L VQ23DE V6
3.5L VQ35DE V6
Wheelbase 2,775 mm (109 in)
Length 4,770–4,845 mm (188–191 in)
Width 1,765 mm (69 in)
Height 1,475–1,495 mm (58–59 in)
Curb weight 1,460–1,540 kg (3,219–3,395 lb)
Predecessor Nissan Cefiro
Nissan Bluebird
Nissan Maxima QX (Europe)
Facelift Nissan Maxima ST-L (Australia)
Teana interior (Japan)

The Teana was first introduced in February 2002 to the Japanese Domestic Market as a sedan companion to the Nissan Murano with both vehicles exclusive to Japanese Nissan dealerships called Nissan Red Stage.It replaces the Nissan Bluebird and Nissan Cefiro in Japan. Also in Japan it is considered a luxury car one level below the Nissan Skyline as the exterior dimensions and engine displacement exceed regulations, and Japanese buyers are liable for additional costs as a result. The car was introduced with an optionally available internet-based, telematics and GPS navigation system called CarWings to Japanese drivers only.

The J31 Teana also follows the same chassis number pattern as the Nissan Maxima (J30).

In much of the world, the Teana is Nissan's largest front wheel drive sedan, while the Skyline and Fuga are rear-wheel drive, with optional all-wheel drive.

It was introduced a month later to other Asian markets like Singapore. In 2004, the car arrived on European shores replacing the Nissan Maxima QX.

Powering the Teana was either a 1998cc, 2349 cc or 3498 cc engine which matched to the automatic transmission. Trim levels were 200JK, 230JK, 230JM and 350JM. The car was based on the Nissan FF-L platform. In mid-2005, the Teana received new headlights and taillights, chrome trimming on the bumpers, enlarged foglights, front legrests and newly designed gauges. The car was also shortened slightly, and the clear rear turn signals were replaced by amber ones. XTronic CVT was also mated to all the engines.

In the People's Republic of China, the Teana was manufactured by the Dongfeng Motor Company, a joint venture with Nissan. In the neighbouring country of Pakistan, the Teana was known as the Cefiro and was assembled in Karachi. In Taiwan it is manufactured by Yulon Motor. Additionally, it is sold in India, Russia, Ukraine as well as in New Zealand and Australia where it competes with the locally produced Mitsubishi 380 and Toyota Aurion under the Maxima badge. The first generation Teana was also assembled in Thailand for sale in the ASEAN market, competing with similar D-segment cars such as the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry.

The Renault Samsung SM7 of South Korea is built on the Teana platform. In January 2005, Renault Samsung announced a lower-specification version of the Teana which it is sold as the second generation (A34R) Renault Samsung SM5 and, from 2008, as the Renault Safrane.

In some countries, the 200JK was not sold. Instead, the 230JK, basically a 230JM without the VQ23DE engine was sold. In Australia, the car was sold in ST-L, Ti and Ti-L guises, but the Ti-L model was dropped after the facelift in 2005.

Dongfeng released 1/43 and 1/18 scale models on the market to promote the car during its launch in China.

In 2008, Nissan discontinued production of the J31.

Engines and specifications[edit]

The first generation Teana utilized a number of engines, namely the QR20DE, VQ23DE and a slightly detuned version of the VQ35DE.

Trim level Compression ratio 0–100 km/h Engine code Capacity Curb weight Turning radius Max. Power kW (PS/bhp) at rpm Torque
200JK 9.9 11.8 seconds QR20DE 1998 cc 1,430 kg (3,153 lb) 5.3 m (210 in) 107 kW (145 PS; 143 hp) at 6,000 rpm 195 N·m (144 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm
350JM (Ti) 10.3 VQ35DE V6 3498 cc 1,540 kg (3,395 lb) 5.7 m (220 in) 170 kW (231 PS; 228 hp) at 3,600 rpm 333 N·m (246 lb·ft) at 2,800 rpm

Second generation (J32; 2009–2013)[edit]

Nissan Teana (J32)
Manufacturer Nissan
Also called Nissan Maxima (Australia and New Zealand)
Production 2008–2013
Assembly Japan: Kanda, Fukuoka (Nissan Shatai)
China: Xiangfan[3]
India: Chennai[N 1]
Iran: Tehran (Pars Khodro)
Malaysia: Serendah (TCMA)
Russia: Saint Petersburg[N 2]
Thailand[N 3]
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size
Body style 4-door sedan
Platform Nissan D platform
Related Nissan Altima (L32)
Nissan Maxima (A35)
Nissan Murano (Z51)
Renault Laguna III
Renault Latitude
Renault Samsung SM5 (L43)
Renault Samsung SM7 (L47)
Engine 2.0L MR20DE L4
2.5L VQ25DE V6
2.5L QR25DE L4
3.5L VQ35DE V6
Wheelbase 2,775 mm (109 in)
Length 4,850 mm (191 in)
Width 1,795 mm (71 in)
Height 1,475–1,500 mm (58–59 in)
Curb weight 1,480–1,570 kg (3,263–3,461 lb)
Nissan Teana (J32)
Nissan Teana's interior

Nissan revealed the second generation, redesigned Teana at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show.

The new Teana is based on the Nissan D platform also used by the new North American Nissan Maxima and Nissan Altima. Engine choices include a 3498 cc V6, a 2495 cc V6, a 2488 cc in-line four and 1997 cc in-line four, all with a continuously variable transmission. The car's design was based on the Intima concept car shown in October 2007.

Thus far, the car has been launched in Japan, Taiwan, India, Iran, Mauritius, Russia, China, Brunei, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia. In China, Dongfeng also released 1/18 scale models to promote the car.

This generation was not sold in Europe, where its French cousin, the Renault Laguna was offered, alongside the longer Renault Latitude (a North American Maxima being introduced to Europe).

Nissan continues to offer an optionally available internet-based, telematics and GPS navigation system called CarWings to Japanese drivers only.


Nissan Teana 250XE FOUR (J32, Japan)

The first-generation Teana was sold under the name of Nissan Cefiro in Hong Kong, Singapore, Mauritius, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Latin America & Caribbean while it was sold under the name of Teana in Japan, Thailand, Philippines, India, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia & China. The car is known as the Maxima in Australia & New Zealand. The Teana shares most of the platform and mechanicals with its North American cousin, the Altima which is built and sold primarily in North America. The J32 has been sold in Australia as a Maxima since June 2009 with model designations of 250 ST-L, 350 ST-S and 350 Ti. These models have features unique to Australia & New Zealand including alloy wheel design, rear spoiler and interior upholstery fittings. In late 2011, all three Australian models received an equipment upgrade, with prices remaining unchanged. The Cefiro name has been discontinued on the second-generation line. Currently, it is unknown if the new Teana will continue to be sold as the Nissan Maxima in the other markets outside of North America, excluding Australia and New Zealand.

Engines and specifications[edit]

The second generation Teana utilized different engines, namely the MR20DE (successor of the QR series), VQ25DE and the VQ35DE, which was tweaked to produce 20 more PS. Also Japan Domestic Model "FOUR" (AWD) used QR25DE engine.

Trim level Max. Power bhp(kW) at rpm Max. Torque 0–100 km/h Engine code Capacity
200XL *China market 136 bhp (101 kW; 138 PS) at 5600 rpm 190 N·m (140 lb·ft) (19.4 kg-m) at 4400 rpm 11.8 seconds MR20DE L4 1997 cc
250XV 183 bhp (136 kW; 186 PS) at 6000 rpm 232 N·m (171 lb·ft) (23.7 kg-m) at 4400 rpm VQ25DE V6 2495 cc
250XL/XE FOUR *Japan market 165 bhp (123 kW; 167 PS) at 5600 rpm 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) (24.5 kg-m) at 4000 rpm QR25DE L4 2488 cc
350XV 248 bhp (185 kW; 251 PS) at 6000 rpm 335 N·m (247 lb·ft) (34.2 kg-m) at 4400 rpm VQ35DE V6 3498 cc

Third generation (L33; 2013–present)[edit]

Third generation (L33)
Main article: Nissan Altima

The third generation Teana was introduced in 2013 to some markets, essentially being a rebadged version of the North American Altima.


  1. ^ 2011–present
  2. ^ Summer 2009–present
  3. ^ For ASEAN (except Malaysia and Singapore), Australian and New Zealand markets


  1. ^ "Nissan. Nissan in China". Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Nissan. Nissan in Thailand". Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Nissan. Nissan in China". Retrieved 25 July 2010. 

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