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    Nissan Teena News: Avalon Fighter spied





    These spy photos reveal what appears to be a new large sedan destined for Nissan's model-range - essentially a competitor for the Toyota Avalon - testing in the Southwest desert. This prototype is clearly based on the Japanese-market Nissan Teana, a large sedan that slots in just below the Nissan Fuga in Japan (the U.S. version of the Fuga is the Infiniti M35/M45).


    The key here is that this prototype is left-hand drive (LHD). The Teana is only available in right-hand drive for the Japanese market, and its interior is an old-school design that has some older Buick overtones. This prototype has been changed to LHD, making it suitable for the U.S. market, and our interior shot shows that its dashboard has been redesigned to resemble the current models in Nissan's U.S. lineup.



    This Teana-based prototype retains the Japanese-model's quirky styling, which combines the side-window design from the Infiniti M35/M45 with a Maxima-like front fascia and a rear end that mimics BMW's rump-hump found on the new 5- and 7-Series.

    Judging from the extensive repackaging of the interior to left-hand drive, it appears that this car is being readied for the U.S. market. So why create such a car to slot in above the Maxima? Toyota has adopted a similar strategy with its Avalon, and it appears that Nissan is attempting a similar attack - adapting an up-market (Infiniti) platform to get a piece of the large, near-luxury-cruiser market.
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    Re: Nissan Teena News: Avalon Fighter spied

    then where does the maxima go? why have two full size sedans in the same market in the same brand

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    Re: Nissan Teena News: Avalon Fighter spied

    Whoa, talk about out of porportion! The greenhouse and rear is ugly and does not go along with the rest of the car.

    I like the layout of the interior, but it doesn't look any better than Nissan's current interiors.

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    Re: Nissan Teena News: Avalon Fighter spied

    ^ Could you delete the duplicate thread please? Thanks.

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    Re: Nissan Teena News: Avalon Fighter spied

    Quote Originally Posted by xioix
    then where does the maxima go? why have two full size sedans in the same market in the same brand
    this is more likely a mule for the altima replacement... the teana is almost exactly the same size as the altima, and a good bit smaller than the avalon or maxima. and given that the teana was released at the same time as our altima/maxima, i somehow doubt we'll get the last-gen model as our next-gen anything. most likely it's teana skin over next gen altima mechanicals, just ot confuse all the future product guessers.

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    Re: Nissan Teena News: Avalon Fighter spied

    I agree, this is just a mule. If this was truly the design of a future vehicle, it would be camoed to a ridiculous extent.

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    Re: Nissan Teena News: Avalon Fighter spied

    The interior does strongly resemble the Altima's new for '05 interior. Hmm.

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    Re: Nissan Teena News: Avalon Fighter spied

    I guess someone at Nissan liked the 500's tail lights.
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    Re: Nissan Teena News: Avalon Fighter spied

    Quote Originally Posted by AdmiralViscen
    I guess someone at Nissan liked the 500's tail lights.
    Even if I saw 500 in the tail lights (which I don't), the Teana came out way before the 500.

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    I meant headlights. What's the Teana?
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    Re: Nissan Teena News: Avalon Fighter spied

    Quote Originally Posted by AdmiralViscen
    I meant headlights. What's the Teana?
    It's the name of the car (Vintalage misspelled it). It's been in Japan since 2003 and it's basically a toned-down Maxima.

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    Re: Nissan Teena News: Avalon Fighter spied

    Looks a little like the Infiniti M.

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    Re: Nissan Teena News: Avalon Fighter spied

    Spotted on the road





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    Re: Nissan Teena News: Avalon Fighter spied

    ^VIP style. I like the looks of this car.

    I'm going to have to get the title changed. Thanks Infiniti for mentioning the misspelling.

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    Re: Nissan Teena News: Avalon Fighter spied

    Deffinatly looks like a perfect evolution for the next Altima, has more of that Maxima/350 weird styling and would fit right in the line up.

    As for japan giving us models 2-4 years older then what's introduced...that happens alot. Like the Corrolla we have now, was the previous generation looks in Japan. I wouldn't be supprised if this was the next Altima(a simplier looking maxima), but then again...people are right...could be a mule as it isn't heavily camoed

    I doubt Nissan would bring out a competitor to the Maxima, there's just no room in their own lineup....as soon as you get up to the maxima loaded...your at Infiniti prices.

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