In the wake of the newly launched 2011 Toyota Sienna and the redesigned Honda Odyssey, Nissan is working on the next iteration of its Quest minivan. Details are still scarce, but we do know the Quest will debut at the Los Angeles auto show in November and go on sale in early 2011.
The Quest’s new nose looks a bit like the 2011 Odyssey, and its wide grille and tapered headlights give it a sharper appearance than the outgoing minivan. The side windows are lined in chrome, while the blacked-out B, C, and D-pillars give the razor-straight roof a cantilevered appearance. The rear window and tailgate appear almost vertical, which should maximize usable space in the cargo area of ââthe van. Inside, the switchgear and gauges have been updated, and a redesigned dashboard is more upscale, replacing cheap plastic with large strips of wood trim. We can also see that Nissan’s latest infotainment system is in the center console. We’ll have to see the Quest in person to be sure, but these teaser images seem to show a van that’s matured and carries its distinctive features better than the odd-looking previous generation.
Indeed, the outgoing Quest was too original for many buyers when it was first introduced in 2004; in 2007, Nissan engineers redesigned it with a more conventional interior. Even so, the Quest has never been a solid seller. It finished fourth out of five entries in our most recent minivan comparison, struggling in part due to its still clunky interior ergonomics.
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