Nissan Wingroad

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The Nissan Wingroad is a compact station wagon produced by Japanese automaker Nissan since 2006. The Nissan AD van or Japanese Nissan Advan is the name used when Wingroad is sold as a commercial delivery van. The Nissan Wingroad is a counterpart of its competitor Honda Partner commercial delivery van.

VB11 series

The AD van phased out the commercial delivery vans from Nissan’s other vehicles by October 1982. The Nissan Cedric was withdrawn in 1993 along with Nissan Gloria van. The AD van featured two front doors and a liftback hatch at rear and based on B11 series of Nissan Sunny wagon.

As the van was designed for commercial usage, it featured a simple leaf spring setup for rear suspension. Nissan kept the options very limited for the AD van while designing it. The van was designed to perform very basic duties so the options were kept limited with a view to enhance and improve the economical use and running costs of the van. It shared its front-wheel drive setup with Nissan Sunny.

Three engine variants were used including: 1.5-L, 1.3-L E15S and E13S, and a 1.7-L CD17 diesel engine. The engines were mated to either a 3-speed automatic, or with an option of 4- or 5-speed manual transmission.

Y10 series

The Y10 series launched in October 1990 and replaced the previous B13 series Nissan Sunny wagon. The Y10 series was relatively different from the standard Sunny wagons in terms of styling. It was continued to be sold as the AD van alongside Nissan Sunny California and Nissan Wingroad.

A range of engine choices were available including: 1.5-L GA15DS, 1.3-L GA13DS with DOHC and 1.7-L CD17 diesel engine. However, the Wingroad featured SR20DE engine rather than GA series or DR18DE engine. The name Wingroad was basically taken from a trim grade of Nissan Bluebird U11 series wagon. Nissan Avenir/Expert was also sold alongside Nissan Wingroad as a replacement for Nissan Bluebird U12 wagon/delivery van.

Y11 series

On May 31, 1991, the Y11 series was introduced as a station wagon. It was offered in Japanese, New Zealand (as Sunny) and Caribbean markets. Mechanically, it was identical to Nissan Sunny B15 series, though different in other exterior features. The interior once again looked similar to the Nissan Sunny B15 series. It was facelifed in 2001 featuring sleeker front and revised interior.

The Wingroad was placed between the Nissan Bluebird and the Nissan Primera and was equipped with three engine variants including a 1.5-L QG15DE, a 1.8-L QG18DE and a 2.0-L SR20DE engines. The 1.8-L version was available only as four-wheel drive.

The Wingroad featured a MacPherson strut front suspension that was also used in other Nissan’s C-segment vehicles like the B15 Sunny/Sentra and the N16 Almera/Pulsar. On its rear, it featured a beam axle with coil springs and panhard rod. A multilink rear suspension was used for the four-wheel drive and the ZV-S front-wheel drive versions. Ventilated disc brakes were offered at front while drum brakes were used at rear in all models. The ZV-S received non-ventilated disc brakes at rear.

Y12 series

The Y12 series AD van was launched on December 20, 2006.  It shares its platform with the Nissan Tiida that replaced the Nissan Sunny. On November 14, 2005, the Wingroad was introduced that was previously exhibited at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show in October. The Y12 series has a wheelbase similar to Nissan Tiida, i.e. 2600 mm and equipped with HR15DE, MR18DE and CR12DE. It is also offered with e4WD system but with smaller engine. Both AD van and Wingroad uses a 4-speed automatic or an optional CVT transmission.

There were available some limited edition trim level packages for the Wingroad including: “Rider ? II”, “Sport Acapello”, “V Selection”. In June 2007, when Nissan Stagea was withdrawn, the Wingroad/AD van became the only station wagon versions produced by Nissan Motors, though Nissan launched MPVs including: the Nissan Lafesta, the Nissan Presage, and the Nissan Elgrand.

On September 11, 2006, an ‘Intelligent Key’ was released. The GPS navigation package using HDD technology is also available.

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