The Nissan Primera was a medium-sized family car manufactured by Nissan Motors from 1990 to 2008 for Japanese and European markets.
Nissan Primera P10 (1990–1995)
Prior to the launch of Primera, European market was getting Nissan Bluebird, manufactured at the Washington, Tyne and Wear plant, England since 1986.
In 1990, Nissan introduced Primera in place of Bluebird. The Primera featured a front-wheel drive chassis with a 5-speed manual gearbox. However, there were some models with an option of 4-speed automatic. It was powered by either a 1.6-L carburetor, or 1.8-L and 2.0-L injection gasoline engines, where 1.8-L version was never offered in European market. In 1992, 2.0-L diesel engine was also added in the lineup. Usually, it was offered in three body styles including 4- and 5-door saloon while 5-door estate was only available in Japan.
The Primera was introduced with Nissan’s multi-link front suspension supporting the front-wheel drive as an initial occurrence. In 1992, the 2.0-L gasoline engine was upgraded designated as eZX which was later renamed as eGT.
The 5-door UK version of Primera was also exported to countries like Japan, Russia and Ireland. The Japanese-built version of Primera was rebadged for United States and sold under Infiniti G20 name, which was a part of Nissan’s upscale Infiniti brand.
Nissan Primera P11 (1995–1999)
In 1995, the second generation Primera P11 was introduced by Nissan Motors in Japanese market followed by its launch in Europe in 1996. The second generation Primera came with multi-link beam rear suspension as well as multi-link front suspension.
In the European market along with United Kingdom, the Primera was offered with a 1.6-L and 2.0-L gasoline engines while a 2.0-L Diesel engine was also available. The Primera was available as hatchback, saloon and estate versions. The estate version was built on Primera’s platform and designated as WP11.
In early years, the Primera was available as a sedan with SR18DE and SR20DE engines in Japan. However, UK-built liftback was offered with SR20DE engine with an automatic transmission. It was introduced in November 1997, while the estate version debuted in September 1997.
The Nissan Primera Camino, a badge-engineered model was also introduced alongside the original Primera. For the second generation Primera, the CVT transmission was also added in the Japanese lineup. A 6-speed tiptronic version was also introduced in M6 G-V wagon and Te-V Saloon.
As for second generation, the Primera was continued to be sold in United States under Infiniti G20 name without any prominent changes from the previous generation model.
In collaboration with Steve Millen (Stillen Sports Parts), a limited edition Primera SMX was launched in New Zealand around 1998. It was offered with cross drilled brakes, Eibach springs and a more aggressive body kit. 24 units of this limited edition vehicle were produced and available on four different colors.
Nissan Primera P12 (2002–2008)
The third generation Primera P12 was introduced by Nissan Motors in December 2001. After the alliance of 1999 with Renault, it was the first new car produced by the company. The third generation Primera was introduced with an extensive styling features. However, in United States, the Nissan Skyline-based Infiniti G35 took the place G20.
In New Zealand, the Primera was launched with a continuously variable transmission and no manual transmission was offered. Until 2006, New Zealand also received Japanese assembled sedans and wagons after which English assembled liftbacks and wagons were launched as well. The European 2.0-L version and the Japanese 2.0/2.5-L versions were available with continuously variable transmission. The 2.5-L version was not offered in Europe.
In late 2006, the Primera was discontinued in UK following the poor sales; however, it was still produced for export markets until 2008.
The Nissan Primera 20V was available with a 2.0-L Nissan’s SR20VE Neo VVL engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. It also featured Variable Valve Lift and Timing and delivers 150 kW (204 PS) at 7200 rpm and torque of 206 Nm (21.0 kgf-m) at 5200.