A compact car, the Nissan Presea was introduced in 1990 and remained in production until 2000 and quite popular in the Asian market. This 4-door hardtop sedan along with certain others, especially the Toyota Carina ED, Mitsubishi, Emeraud, Toyota Corona EXiv, Mazada (Efini), MS-8 Honda Vigor sedan and Subaru Legacy were well sought-after in Japanese market during 90s.
R10 (1990 – 1995)
The real R10 Presea was based on the P10 series Nissan Primera platform. It was resembled and had many characteristics similar to its sibling model. The interior and body panels, on the other hand, were of high specification. The fabric used in its interior was similar to the one found in Bluebird. Some of its standard features were: automatic headlights, lighted keyslot, adjustable shoulder height seat-belts, 4-way adjustments, lumbar support for the driver’s seat, rear-illuminated instrument cluster, windscreen wipers with adjustable intermittent timings, remotely-controlled wing mirrors that folded close and most importantly, integrated sound-system, automatic climate control, digital temperature control, frameless windows that were similar to the NX Coupe and Silvia.
Compared to other compact cars, the A-pillar was made thinner for the Presea, whereas the B-pillar was almost invisible from outside, while on the inner side, it carried the seat belt assembly. The C-pillar on the other hand, gave a wrap-around rear windscreen. The unique designing features of the vehicle offered driver over 300 degrees of vision. Its rounded exterior with grille-less front gave it a more sleek and innovative appearance.
R11 (1995 – 2000)
In 1995, a little stretched version R11 was introduced. In Japan along with many other countries, the car was powered by a popular SR18DE engine delivering 125 hp took the place of SR18Di with 110 hp, GA15DE and SR20DE engines. The R11 featured the drivetrain similar to Nissan Sunny B14 (1994-1998) as well as the same frameless door windows like R10 Nissan Presea. The R11 was offered with a wheelbase of 4425 mm + 2525 mm. It was 1695 mm in width and 1325 mm in length.
The 1.6-L GA16DE engine was used in the models offered in New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand. The changes made in it were the introduction of new headlights and rear lamp cluster, while its curvy look and panel remain unchanged. It featured the traditional MacPherson struts front suspension and multi-link geometry at the rear. However, the sales of the car dropped pretty sharply similar to the one seen in 4-door Honda Integra case. With the passage of time, the demand for luxury compact vehicles died out.