Nissan Quest has been a workhorse for the Japanese automaker. First launched in 1992, Nissan’s minivan is in its 25th year of production today. 2018 Nissan Quest will be a redesign of its fourth generation of vehicles. Nissan produced the first two generations of Quest in a joint venture with Ford. The original name of this minivan used to be Mercury Villager. It has come a long way as a popular utility vehicle among consumers worldwide. The new design changes on this Quest are most likely to attract its old consumer base.
2018 Nissan Quest redesign of exterior and interior
2018 Nissan Quest is a product of Nissan’s Forum Concept – Nissan Elgrand. This vehicle follows a front engine front wheel drive layout. It retains the spacious minivan-specific rear body but gets new designs on its front fascia. Unlike its earlier versions, Nissan Quest 2018 version has a robust yet sleek look from the front. The short hood stands high on the ground. Nissan’s iconic V-shaped grille is flanked by adaptive LED lights.
Rear section looks elegant with chrome bars for lifting the rear gate and vertically aligned LED tailgates. Aluminum and high-strength steel have been used for its chassis which will reduce overall weight. Sliding rear doors are characteristic as in any minivan.
Soft touch materials have been used inside. Wooden accents on the dashboard gives this cabin a subtle look. A 7-inch navigation screen heads the console along with an infotainment screen. The gear stick resides high up the console along with other controls. Higher trim will have heated front seats for more comfort and natural leather knobs.
The leather covered steering wheel has multiple controls. Driver also has controls for power window, traction control and automatic rear lift gate. Ambient lighting is also provided in the cabin. With enough space for 7 passengers, the minivan has the standard safety features including anti-lock braking system, front and curtain airbags, sensors for crash avoiding, keyless entry scheme, tire pressure monitor, parking assist system, HD backing camera and auto-dimming mirrors. Nissan will provide four trim levels for the minivan – S, SV, SL and the high end Platinum.
Nissan Quest 2018 engine and performance
In the current generation, Nissan has been using a 3.5 L VQ-series engine. It is likely to continue the trend for this new Nissan Quest minivan. The engine can turn up power output to 260 HP. 4-speed or 5-speed automatic transmissions will be added to this engine setup. There might be a possibility of another engine – a 3.6 L V6 engine for higher power output.
Recent testings of prototypes confirm fuel efficiency of the latest version of Quest to be 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway conditions. It would be an impressive performance that Quest lovers would be looking for in a multipurpose minivan.
Launch date and price
2018 Nissan Quest will be taking on vehicles in the minivan section, primarily the Kia Sedona, Toyota sienna and Honda Odyssey. Expect to see an early 2018 launch at a base price of around $27,000.