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NISSAN SERENA: Which Version Do You Like for Used Car?

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First Generation C23 Model (1994-1999)



The first generation NISSAN SERENA went on sale in May 1994, after the “VANETTE” was removed from the NISSAN VANETTE SERENA, which was introduced in 1991.
Instead of a cab over type, it was a 1.5BOX wagon with a front nose still seen today; as such, it was made possible to install the engine at the front mid-ship, leading to a driving experience closer to that of a passenger vehicle. Furthermore, the crashable zone was expanded, leading to improved safety in the event of a frontal collision. The riding capacity for the standard model was 8 people, with 2-3-3 in 3 rows of seats, and for the higher class model, riding capacity was 7 people. The body size measurements in length, width, and height went from a 4,355mm, 1,695mm, and 1,830mm respectively to 1,915mm; in terms of the car width, the standard was the 5 number body layout.

The engines were all four-cylinder-the 1,596 gasoline engine with 100 horsepower, the 1,998cc gasoline engine with 130 horsepower, and the 1,973cc diesel turbo engine with 91 horsepower. The drive system consisted of the FR and 4WD, and the transmission combined was the 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic.

In August 1995, minor changes were implemented. In addition to the SRS airbags being installed to the driver’s seat as standard equipment, remote-controlled door locks and swivel second seats were installed. Diesel vehicles were made to adhere to the 1995 Gas Emission Regulations, further enhancing environmental performance.

More minor changes were made in 1997, leading to improvements in the interior and exterior. The design for the exterior front area was changed; and for the interior, multi-sliding seats were installed, and tables and cupholders were equipped on the rear seats. Furthermore, storage boxes were installed beneath the trunk, leading to an increase in storage capabilities. In terms of safety features, the ABS was installed as standard equipment.

In 1998, air bags were installed on the passenger’s seats, and the headlights were changed to four round headlamps.

Second Generation C24 Model (1999-2005)


The second generation model released in 1999 saw changes in its chassis from the FR base to the FF base, allowing for an enlarged interior space. For the rear doors, the sliding door was newly installed on both sides, making for a smoother experience for passengers getting on and off the vehicle. Furthermore, floor height was minimized for the second row and behind, achieving an increase in interior height and enhanced riding comfort. Another feature of the second generation model was the variations in seat arrangement. The second seats could be arranged to make possible face-to-face seating, and long-slide seats were also introduced.
The car body size measured in length, width, and height at 4,520mm, 1,695mm, and 1,825mm respectively; the length of the body was thus greatly expanded.

The engines installed consisted of the 1,998cc gasoline engine with 145 horsepower and the 2,488cc diesel turbo engine with 150 horsepower-a higher displacement compared to the previous generation model.

The transmission combined was the Hyper CVT for the gasoline, and the 4-speed automatic for the diesel turbo.

In June 2000, the high roof layout was added, increasing the total height by 115mm and expanding interior height by 105mm. Because of this, the height of the trunk’s opening was also increased, allowing for greater usability when loading large luggage.

In December 2001, minor changes were made to the interior and exterior. The designs of the front grille and bumper were changed for the exterior, and for the interior, the upholstery color was changed to a café latte brown, making for a brighter interior space. The diesel engine was discontinued, and the 2,488cc gasoline engine with 160 horsepower was newly installed.

Improvements to the engine were made in 2004, leading to all grades adhering to the “2005 Gas Emission Standards, 50% Reduction in Gas Emission Levels.”

Third Generation C25 Model (2005-2010)


The third generation model that was introduced in 2005 was based on the NISSAN Lafesta, with improvements made on the sub-frame and suspension. In terms of the design, the exterior was changed to one that was calmer. One unique feature was the side windows, which employed uniquely curved lines, achieving a brighter and more spacious interior. Another unique feature was the option of a microphone and speakers to be installed between the first and third rows, which allowed for an “in-car phone” (in-vehicle conversation assisting device) even while driving.
The car body size measured in length, width, and height at 4,690mm, 1,695mm, and 1,840mm respectively; the total length of the car body was increased. Because of the boxier exterior, the length of the interior was also expanded, leading to a significant improvement in riding comfort.

The engine installed was the 1,997cc regular gasoline engine with 137 horsepower, combined with the CVT. The drive system options were the same as those of the previous generation model-the FF and 4WD. The engine underwent improvements in December, leading to all vehicles being certified according to the “2005 Gas Emission Standards 75% Reduction (SULEV)”; as such, they became subject to the green tax incentive.

The fuel consumption measured at 13.0km/L for the FF and 11.8km/L for the 4WD. The standard riding capacity was 8-person, but a 7-person model was also an option, just as it was for successive models.

In December 2006, as a testament to greater efforts to enrich equipment options, the HDD Navigation Package was added as an optional setting for all grades, which consisted of the installment of a HDD navigation system and automatic sliding doors on both sides.

The minor changes made in December 2007 revolved around the interior and exterior. The front grille was changed to one that provided greater presence; for the interior, the instrument panel design and the seat covers were changed, leading to enhanced texture and quality.

With the aim to further enrich equipment options, in December 2008, the HDD navigation system with built-in tuner for terrestrial digital media broadcasting was introduced as an optional installment for all grades.

Fourth Generation C26 Model (2010-)

In November 2010, the current fourth generation model went on sale. The “Keep Concept” design was continued as the base design, due to the third model achieving top sales in the mini-van category from 2007 to 2009. The length of the interior-its distinctive feature-was increased to make it the longest in its class, and for the trunk as well, increased length was secured for greater space. The multi-center seats that were installed in the previous generation model were further improved to make for better usability and greater interior space. The body size measured in length, width, and height at 4,685mm, 1,695mm, and 1,865mm respectively; the body is still a 5 number body layout in width, but it was still able to achieve increased body height. As for the outer appearance, the front grille and lamps were enlarged, heightening the fierceness and strength of the design.

The newly developed 1,997cc direct injection engine with 147 horsepower was combined with the Xtronic CVT, and with the exception of the entry grades, the idling stop (stop & start) feature with ECO motor was installed. As a result, great improvements were made in fuel efficiency; for the FF with idling stop, fuel consumption was 15.4km/L.

In August 2012, the SERENA S-Hybrid with the S-HYBRID system was added. Even when measured under the JC08 test-a more demanding and rigorous test than the 10-15 mode-fuel consumption measured at 15.2km/L.

The minor changes made in December 2013 led to alterations in the front area design for the exterior, and through the installment of two-level headlights and a three-dimensional design for the front grille, the exterior was made more fierce and powerful. Furthermore, safety features such as the emergency brakes, which support collision avoidance, and a lane departure warning system were installed on all vehicles except for the entry grades, further marking an improvement in safety.

 MODELDisplacementDrive SystemFuelLine-Up Year
1994-1999Y-KVNC231,9734WDDiesel1994, 1995
Y-KVC231,973FFDiesel1994, 1995
E-KAJC23 1,596FFGasoline1994, 1995
E-KBNC231,9984WDGasoline1994 - 1999
E-KBCC231,998FFGasoline1994 - 1999
KD-KVC231,973FFDiesel1995 - 1999
E-KBC231,998FFGasoline1994 - 1999
KD-KVNC231,9734WDDiesel1996 - 1999
1999-2005GF-PC241,998FFGasoline1999 - 2001
KH-VNC242,4884WDDiesel1999, 2000
KH-VC242,488FFDiesel1999, 2000
GF-PNC241,998FFGasoline1999 - 2001
UA-TC241,998FFGasoline2001 - 2003
UA-RC242,488FFDiesel2001 - 2003
UA-TNC241,9984WDGasoline2001 - 2003
CBA-RC242,488FFDiesel2004
CBA-TNC241,9984WDGasoline2004
CBA-TC241,998FFGasoline2004
2005-2010CBA-C251,997FFGasoline2005
CBA-NC251,9974WDGasoline2005
DBA-C251,997FFGasoline2005 - 2010
DBA-NC251,9974WDGasoline2005 - 2010
DBA-CC251,997FFGasoline2005 - 2010
DBA-CNC251,9974WDGasoline2006 - 2010
2010-DBA-FC261,997FFGasoline2010 - 2012
DBA-C261,997FFGasoline2010 - 2014
DAA-HC261,997FFGasoline2010 - 2014
DBA-NC261,9974WDGasoline2010 - 2014
DBA-FNC261,9974WDGasoline2010 - 2014
DAA-HFC261,997FFGasoline2010 - 2014
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