/ PRESENTATION Nissan Primera
"NISSAN-EXAMPLE" SHOWS, TELLS AND … RIDES!
TEXT / VADIM HOOKS
PHOTO / VADIM HOOK AND NISSAN FIRM
When they say: "indestructible, like a Japanese TV" - this is certainly about the Nissan. There is a button, there is an ignition switch, but the result is the same: it supplied power - and “drive” without problems for 5, 10, 15 years. But seriously, the reputation of a practical, durable, very reliable and at the same time relatively cheap car in Russia is difficult to earn. Passenger "Nissan" regardless of model, year of manufacture, belonging to the Japanese or European market have just such a set of qualities. And yet, the portrait of an almost perfect foreign car will be incomplete without one significant caveat: the “Nissan” lacks an expressive appearance.
WE RIDE TODAY
The Nissanovtsy were in such a hurry to show the news to the press that the test drive cycle took place on pre-production vehicles assembled with the use of bypass technologies, for which data on the curb weight, maximum speed, acceleration to "hundreds", etc., were not yet approved.
The rush is clear: the competition in the middle class (European segment D) is so strong that revolutionary changes in appearance, and even more so a change of concept, must be demonstrated as quickly as possible. And the designers of Nissan actually surprised: complex body shapes, an unusual combination of corners and rounding - in a word, the original corporate identity and one hundred percent recognition.
FEDOT, YES NOT TOT
From the interior elements typical of Japanese companies, there were only steering column switches with characteristic “knobs” for controlling the headlights and wipers. The rest is Europe. The leather-wrapped sports steering wheel with a small hub (they still managed to squeeze a safety cushion into it) are Italian motifs. Comfortable front seats with developed lateral supports and an abundance of servos will be appreciated by fans of German cars. The instrument cluster located in the center of the dashboard is from the French menu. And the round dials of the tachometer and speedometer with aluminum edging are nothing more than the European standard for cars with character. All these details, in perfect harmony with each other, only frame the main novelty - the on-board information terminal. Simply put, a kind of multi-functional "TV". Its color liquid crystal display is located vertically, while a block of control buttons, toggle switches and a joystick (!) Is allocated a horizontal platform - a ledge on the center console.
Japanese companies know how to make electronics, so there is no doubt in its reliability and durability. If you have already implanted a monitor in a car, the picture will be clear and you will look at it almost more often than on the road. Nissanovsky terminal manages the operation of the audio system, air conditioning system, built-in on-board diagnostics, trip computer and integrated mobile phone. It also signals an open door or trunk lid, unconnected energy consumers and. e. If you activated the navigation system, the TV will show a three-dimensional (!) image of the road and will inform you in a pleasant female voice when and where to turn. We switched on the reverse gear - forget about the mirrors. Better look at the screen - there a black and white picture from the built-in camera shows the space behind the rear bumper. No blind spots, park to the nearest centimeter - I checked it myself.
The noticeable drawback of the terminal is too bright. When you turn on the dipped headlights, it fades slightly, but at night or, say, in a tunnel, the glow of the monitor still distracts from the road. Well, a driver who is far from innovative technologies is likely to be overloaded with information and is unlikely to want to delve into all the talents of the terminal. I’m afraid I’ll get confused in the buttons even when I try to tune my audio system.
As far as electronics was concerned, I note that the rain sensor for wipers, ABS, brake force distribution and dynamic stabilization in the new “Example”, of course, are present. For an appetizer - “intellectual cruise control”. If it is turned on, laser sensors measure the distance to the car in front, the “brain” analyzes this data and, if necessary, brakes the engine, or even the braking system, to maintain a safe distance.
These new-fangled devices in one form or another are found on cars of a higher class and their price is higher, but Nissan combined them in one model and made them affordable. It will cost much cheaper than a Mercedes, Audi or BMW.
GASI SCREEN, GAS PRESS
It's time to escape from electronic wonders for the sake of current prose - driving performance and reliability. Has Nissan retained the best family traits? The pre-production sample is not the most suitable object for evaluation, and yet without any discounts we will answer the question in the affirmative. The company is still not chasing spectacular engine power figures. This is commendable - which means longevity is not a victim of force. A 1.8 liter petrol 16-valve valve produces just 85 kW. Nevertheless, a sedan with such an engine and a mechanical five-speed gearbox is a completely “live” car.
The motor confidently accelerates the car, allows you to "nimble" in the urban crush and rush along the autobahn at 200 km / h, confidently storm the long climbs. There are no complaints about the brakes. New multi-link suspensions are very good on the pavement - they hold the car perfectly both in a sharp turn and in a gentle high-speed turn - frightening banks are absent. At the same time, comfort was not affected - the ride is consistent with the class of the car. But the most gratifying thing, as in the lane of the Primera, is by no means helpless. There is simply no tooth-shaking shaking, ominous rattling of the chassis, rocking from bow to stern, the car doesn’t strike its belly against small tubercles - the ground clearance was actually quite acceptable.
It is a pity that not only virtues are inherited. The gasoline engine of the new Nissan is as noisy as its predecessors. Fifth gear is included, the tachometer only 3500 rpm, and the engine is already drowning out all other sound sources. In fairness, I note - in this roar you feel even a certain charm, and it is not very annoying.
But here is the change of car, and with it the mystery: a station wagon equipped with a direct-injection turbodiesel, as quiet as a mouse compared to a sedan. Although it’s just here that an engine with a “hard” pedigree is installed - the Nissan X-Trail has the same SUV. The turbodiesel in combination with a six-speed gearbox has its own characteristics. On the plain, the most popular gears are IV, V and VI. The lower ones are short, you sort them out like a tongue twister - it would be faster to get to the higher ones, and then enjoy the traction capabilities of the turbodiesel. In the mountains, on steep climbs, you find that the second speed is too high, while on the third it pulls sluggishly. Here you recall the less powerful noisy gasoline 1.8 - in these conditions it is preferable to a diesel counterpart.
In conclusion, a few comments common to both machines. The clutch pedal is too long, the “starting point” is high, the power steering is soft - the feeling of the car is lost, but the gas pedal is very tight - the leg quickly gets tired. I noted other flaws - mostly ergonomic. The company has time to fine-tune the samples.