Nissan Elgrand Highway Star 2.5 Review
El-grande

Story by Raymond Lai, pictures by Azfar Hashim
16 Mar 2009
 

If size is of utmost importance, then Nissan’s Elgrand should meet your needs

Nissan Elgrand

Up front, the Nissan designers tried to spruce up its looks a tad by the extensive use of chrome on the front grille as well as upswept headlamps.

Japan is a country obsessed with space...or the lack thereof. Check into a budget business hotel in Tokyo and you'll know what I mean - you hardly have any floor area to put your large Samsonite flat. Or the washroom is so puny, there's no space for you to move about when taking your shower!

Blame the extreme prices of land in built up cities like Tokyo for this "obsession for space" then.

So it comes to no surprise that the Japanese love cars that can maximize interior space for a given size. To maximize a car's cabin space, logic will tell you that it will have to be (a) squarish and (b) cube-shaped on the outside. Well, this is what the Japanese have done for their JDM models - conjure up JDMs like the Nissan Cube, Toyota bB, Honda Stepwagon and you'll know what I mean.

And among the most spacious of Japanese models are the large people carriers like the Mitsubishi Delica, Toyota Alphard and the Honda Elysion, all of which are currently available here.

Now, there's a new XXL-sized people carrier from Japan that has gone on sale here - the Nissan Elgrand. The Elgrand has been around for a couple of years in overseas markets, but local Nissan dealer Tan Chong finally decided to offer this model here thanks to factors like the expected demand for VIP transportation once the integrated resorts are fully functioning.

EXTERIOR

In terms of styling, the Elgrand is, simply put, a "box on wheels". Up front, the Nissan designers tried to spruce up its looks a tad by the extensive use of chrome on the front grille as well as upswept headlamps. Despite the designers' efforts though, there's no hiding the Elgrand's large frontal area and minivan-like proportions.

On the upside, the upright front gives the Elgrand an imposing stance.

Along the sides, the Elgrand's slab-sided stance is broken by the strong crease that runs below the window line. While the upright rear is brightened up by a chrome number plate surround and a red reflector that runs across the tailgate, the tail lamps somehow look suspiciously like the ones on the March though.

As a whole, the Elgrand isn't exactly pretty or stylish, as after all, it's more function above anything else.

 


Sell Fast With Ease - SwiftQuote

With SwiftQuote, you get:
  Best value for your car    A peace of mind when selling    Fast sale from start to end

HIGHEST PRICE FOR YOUR CAR

Best offer with no obligations.
Start Now!

I agree to the collection, use and disclosure of my personal data by Carousell and/or such other third party (as may be necessary) and to be contacted (via email, phone call and/or text message) for any purposes in connection with the application of and transaction of the vehicle, in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 and Carousell's Privacy Policy.

Fast quote and fast closing on deal

ann - 13 hours ago

Truely platform SwiftQuote is swift professional customer friendly and courteious. I thank u very much once again thk u very much

Othman Bin Taib - 1 day ago

Great website to sell your car!! Good service too

Scott - 2 days ago

Hassle free. Just indicate your car status and get reply within 1 day. Receive good quote.

Mohamed Nassir Bin Mohamed Kassim - 3 days ago

Fast, efficient and effective. A great way to sell your car!

Ramesh Sambandam - 6 days ago

I was quite skeptical about this service but as the saying goes - if you don't try, you don't know...so I tried. I've managed to fetch a good price through this platform. I would recommend all sellers to consider using this platform if you want to sell your vehicle.

Taufik - 1 week ago

Thank you for your service! You have been helpful, reliable and efficient; definitely highly recommended to those who want to sell their car. Best Regards Shirley

Shirley - 1 week ago

Quick response and good service SwiftQuote agents.

David Chong - 1 week ago

The system was very easy to use and the dealer very reliable. Price transacted was same as bid. The whole transaction was completed in 2 days. I will recommend Oneshift Swiftquote!

Richard Lee - 1 week ago

SwiftQuote was swift in quoting a price for my car! It was the highest scrap value that I checked around. After bringing the car to the dealer, the whole process took less than 10mins. I was impressed! Thank you, SwiftQuote!

Siva - 1 week ago

Engine

Engine Capacity 2495cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Bore x Stroke (85.0 x 73.3)mm
Power 186bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 232Nm @ 3200rpm
Power to Weight 89 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 10.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 180 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.2 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type MPV
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4835 x 1815 x 1916) mm
Wheelbase 2950 mm
Turning Circle 5.7 metres
Kerb Weight 2090 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 76 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs