Published on May 15th, 2018 | by Subhash Nair


Here’s What The New Serena S-Hybrid Has To Offer

We’re testing out the all-new Nissan Serena S-Hybrid today. The car was launched just yesterday. Before we put our full review and videos together, we thought we might run through some reasons to own this new Serena. In fact, we think this may be for the best, there are just too many features to include in the review. But let’s start with some of the basics.


  1. Yes, it retains some characteristics of the older car, but this is an all-new model. New chassis, newly configured MR20DD engine, ECO motor, gearbox and Nissan Intelligent Mobility features for the drive
  2. This model was No.1 in its class in Japan, with about 33,000 units sold last year
  3. Malaysia is the first market to locally-assemble it
  4. Compared to the previous Serena, it’s 18cm longer, 2cm taller and 6.5cm wider
  5. The 7-seat layout offers 13 different configurations

In case that wasn’t enough to convince you, we’ve broken it down to what Owners, Drivers, and Passengers in each row can expect, feature-wise.


  1. 5-year/unlimited mileage warranty
  2. 3-year/60,000km maintainance service package
  3. Capless fuel filler
  4. Dual back door for tight spaces

  5. New generation global design language featuring V-Motion Grille, and Floating Roof Design
  6. Dual Layer LED Projector headlamps
  7. LED signature lamps
  8. LED Tail Lamps in S-Shaped design
  9. 13 seating configurations
  10. 4 exterior colour choices on Highway Star
  11. 3 dual tone exterior colour choices, 2 interior colour choices on Premium Highway Star
  12. Combination leather upholstery on Premium Highway Star
  13. 16” diamond cut alloy wheels on Premium Highway Star
  14. Driving video recorder (dashcam) on Premium Highway Star
  15. V-KOOL 4MIL Security film tinting on Premium Highway Star
  16. Door Visors on Premium Highway Star


  1. Intelligent Around View Monitor (4 Cameras, 360 cam)
  2. Intelligent Moving Object Detection
  3. Intelligent Driver Alertness
  4. Apple Carplay/Android Auto
  5. Sound-absorbing iner in wheelhouse (NVH improvement)
  6. Steering rack gear ratio increased
  7. Variable assist electric power steering
  8. High performance valve in shock absorbers
  9. Stiffer suspension mounting
  10. Vehicle Dynamic Control
  11. Traction Control System
  12. Anti-lock Brakes
  13. Brake Assist
  14. EBD
  15. Hill start Assist
  16. Nissan ‘MR20DD’ 2-litre petrol engine with Twin CVTC with Dual Arm Tensioner and ECO electric motor
  17. XTRONIC CVT with Adaptive Shift Control
  18. 14.2km/l fuel consumption (NEDC)
  19. 7” full colour Advance Drive Assist Display
  20. Push start ignition
  21. Intelligent Key with keyless operation

Front passengers

  1. Power outlet
  2. 4 cupholders
  3. Plenty of storage and cubby holes
  4. Individual armrests
  5. Front and curtain airbags (6 in total as standard)
  6. Zero-gravity inspired seats
  7. 6.75” Clarion Advanced Touchscreen Display
  8. Soft padded instrument panel

Second-row occupants

  1. Tray table each for tablet/smartphone/food
  2. 3 cupholders each
  3. A USB port each
  4. Dual armrests
  5. Power sliding doors on each side
  6. Sunblinds on each window
  7. Air cond ducts
  8. Zero-gravity inspired seats
  9. Power windows
  10. Individual captain seats that slide forward, sideways and recline
  11. Climate control for rear zone
  12. Curtain airbags
  13. ‘Teh tarik’ hook
  14. Can accomodate ISOFIX-type child seats
  15. 10.1 roof-mounted LCD panel on Premium Highway Star
  16. Tech-on tray mat for tray tables on Premium Highway Star

Third-row occupants

  1. Can open the left power sliding door with a dedicated button
  2. Can move the 2nd row seats forward with a single push of a pedal
  3. Have their own USB ports for charging
  4. Have 2 air cond ducts
  5. Have about 5 cm more room to exit than before
  6. Have 4 cupholders
  7. Have their own light cluster


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