Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Following the success recorded by the Praire, the Japanese car-maker tried to do a sequel for that in the form of the Nissan Liberty.
It was built mainly for the Japanese and Russian market.
Based on the same platform with the Nissan Avenir (Primera in Europe) wagon, the Liberty was an MPV for a big family. In the ’90s, the minivan mania was spread around the world and people bought them for their functionality. Later on, that category was outpaced by the SUV segment, which grew after 2010.
From the outside, the grille didn’t feature the Nissan badge. Instead of it, there was a small, rectangular one, where the letter “L” was written. The raked front end and the big headlights were one of the Liberty’s characteristics. On the sides, the rear sliding doors allowed easy access inside. In the back, a roof-spoiler was not installed to enhance the sporty character, but to keep the rear window cleaner for a longer time.
Inside, the Liberty was fitted as standard with seven seats, in a 2-3-2 formula. The absence of a center console allowed a free passage through the car. To free-up the floor, the gear-selector was installed on the steering column. The middle row featured a sliding system to increase the legroom for the last row passengers. Since it was not a premium vehicle, there was no electric sliding system installed.
For the engine, the Liberty was offered with a 2.0-liter gasoline unit mated to either a CVT or a 4-speed automatic.