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Nissan launches new X-Gear Facelift. Priced at RM89,800


 Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has unveiled the new Nissan X-Gear facelift in 1 Utama shopping centre. The 5-seater crossover is now refreshed with new and sportier looks for 2014. 


So what’s new? The new X-Gear has new roof rails, chrome grille, 15-inch V-spoke alloy rims, new steering design with audio controls, new Fine Vision meter with Multi Information Display, updated 2-DIN head unit. Fabric seat design is also new enhancement to the cabin. Rear seats are 60:40 split folding that opens up the boot space from 383 litres to 769. New roof rails are able to hold up to 25kg load. 

Powering the X-Gear is the 1.6L HRDE16 engine producing 105PS and 150Nm of torque. Gearbox is a four-speed automatic transmission only. (No manual option). Safety wise, it comes standard with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and BA. The facelifted model now has new front seatbelts  equipped with pre-tensioners and load limiters that meets the latest UNECE safety regulations for frontal and side-impact protection. 

Nissan also offers the Impul complete package for the X-Gear (more details below). X-Gear will be now priced at RM89,800 OTR with insurance which includes 3-year warranty / 100,000km (whichever comes first). Five color options will be available for the X-Gear : Garnet Red, Bronze Gold, Diamond Black, Brilliant White and Tungsten Silver.

Key Features of the New Nissan X-GEAR (provided by Nissan)



Safety Features

▪  Head Lamps and Chrome front grille

▪  Front bumper

▪  15” V-spoke alloy rims

▪  Wing mirror

▪  Rear bumper with integrated rear reflectors

▪  LED High Mount Stop Lamp

▪  Horizontal Rear Lamps

▪  Roof Rail

  ▪  Fine Vision Meter with

     Multi-Information Display


▪  Black Urethane Steering Wheel with MID and audio switches

▪  Wide 2-DIN audio head unit with AM/FM/CD/MP3 capability and AUX input

▪  New fabric for seats


▪  Front seatbelts with Pre-tensioners and load limiters


New Colours

▪  Garnet Red

▪  Diamond Black

▪  Bronze Gold

IMPUL Complete Package:



IMPUL rear roof spoiler


17” IMPUL AURA SX-20 Alloy Wheels

(4 pieces including centre cap and air valve)

4,500 per set of 4

IMPUL Sports Suspension System


Goodyear Eagle F1 Directional 5 (4pcs)

1,800 per set of 4

Nissan Sylphy & Livina X-Gear Tuned By Impul Launched by ETCM

Nissan Malaysia (Edaran Tan Chong Motor – ETCM) has taken the Sylphy & the Livina X-Gear to Impul team for some sporty upgrades. Last week in conjunction of the Super GT 2012 event, Nissan has launch 2 of their models with Impul components. The event was further infused with hype with the appearance by Dato’ Dr Ang Bon Beng, Executive Director of ETCM and Kazuyoshi Hoshino San, founder of the Impul branding and team principle of Calsonic Impul Team with the Nissan GTR participating in the Malaysia Super GT 2012 race.


Nissan Sylphy & Livina X-Gear Tuned By Impul Launched by ETCM


Dato’ Dr. Ang mentioned that the Nissan vehicles with Impul package has accounted for about 10% sales of each respective model and the Impul accessories are highest quality installed by professionally trained personnel. These variants are meant for those individual to wants a Nissan vehicles with a sportier and exclusive side.


Nissan Sylphy & Livina X-Gear Tuned By Impul Launched by ETCM op-impulfront_shnaNissan Sylphy & Livina X-Gear Tuned By Impul Launched by ETCM


The two cars launched last week end with the Impul package is the Nissan Sylphy Tuned By Impul & Nissan Livina X-Gear Tuned By Impul. Both of the cars have been fitted with various Impul accessories. Immediately, we notice that both cars have been installed with Impul aerokit for better aerodynamics and sportier styling.


Nissan Sylphy & Livina X-Gear Tuned By Impul Launched by ETCM


Both of the cars have been fitted with IMPUL Sport Suspension System – which consist of shock absorbers and coil springs as seen in the picture. This set of sports suspension system has been specially tuned by IMPUL engineers to deliver sportier handling. The ride height is lower with increased lateral force support when cornering to enhance the neutral cornering characteristics of Nissan Livina X-Gear. Both cars have been tuned to have good ride comfort is retained so that long journeys are just as pleasurable as well as safety & agility.


Nissan Sylphy & Livina X-Gear Tuned By Impul Launched by ETCM


Not to forget the temperature of the event was even  hotter when 2 Impul Calsonic Team Race Queen arrived. Kazuyoshi Hoshino San also has given his signatures to both of these cars’ dashboard.


Nissan Sylphy & Livina X-Gear Tuned By Impul Launched by ETCM Nissan Sylphy & Livina X-Gear Tuned By Impul Launched by ETCM


The Nissan Sylphy has fitted with IMPUL Aerokit that consist grille, front and rear bumper spoilers, side skirts and IMPUL’s trademark wing spoiler on the bootlid. As the Nissan Livina X-Gear Impul has been fitted Impul signature wing like the one found in Nissan Grand Livina Tuned By Impul.


Nissan Sylphy & Livina X-Gear Tuned By Impul Launched by ETCM Nissan Sylphy & Livina X-Gear Tuned By Impul Launched by ETCM


Both Nissan Sylphy Tuned By Impul & Nissan Livina X-Gear Tuned By Impul have been fitted with 17″ wheel, which claims to forge by a new super cast process that lightens the rim up to 30%. This make the rims lighter and better fuel economy. The Sylphy is fitted with IMPUL Aura SX-10 Alloy Wheels (left photo above), where as the X-Gear is fitted with the IMPUL Aura SX-20 Alloy Wheels (right photo above).


Nissan Sylphy & Livina X-Gear Tuned By Impul Launched by ETCM


Both cars have been installed with IMPUL Blast 2 Exhaust Muffler – a high-quality stainless steel exhaust muffler in a polished finish and IMPUL logo etched on the tailpipe. Apart from enhancing the car’s looks, this muffler also provides sharper engine response and has a sportier growling note.


Nissan Sylphy & Livina X-Gear Tuned By Impul Launched by ETCM Nissan Sylphy & Livina X-Gear Tuned By Impul Launched by ETCM


All IMPUL parts come with a 3-year or 100,000-km warranty (whichever comes first, subject to terms and conditions) on manufacturing defects if they are purchased and installed by ETCM on a brand new Nissan Livina X-Gear or Nissan Sylphy. The Nissan Livina X-Gear 1.6 (A) with Impul package would cost RM90,800 & the Nissan Sylphy with Impul package are list as per below.


Nissan Sylphy 2.0L (A) XL Comfort with Impul package – RM125,988

Nissan Sylphy 2.0L (A) XL Luxury with Impul package – RM130,988

Nissan Sylphy 2.0L (A) Premium with Impul package – RM135,988


Photo Gallery: Nissan Sylphy & X-Gear Tuned By Impul @ Super GT Malaysia 2012

2011 Nissan Grand Livina Tuned by Impul Test Drive in Malaysia


The first generation of Nissan Grand Livina was introduced back in December 2007. Recently, this compact MPV get its mid-life facelift back in June 2011 by Edaran Tan Chong Motor in Malaysia. Following the arrival of the facelift model of new Nissan Grand Livina, the Impul team has given a makeover to further refine the new Grand Livina. This masterpiece was unveiled at the Super GT International Series 2011 in Malaysia.



We are fortunate to get our hands on the new Nissan Grand Livina Tuned by Impul 1.6 manual for a weekend drive. I must say the new black colour interior and revised aero-kit from Impul have made the new Grand Livina as one of the best looking revision. After all, I am glad that Nissan had finally responded to the public favour by replacing the beige colour interior with black colour. Instead of a plain compact people mover, it is now much sportier and sleeker than before.


In this review, I will be mainly focus on the 1.6L manual version.



My first impression when I entered the car, I felt the new Grand Livina have totally changed my perception over it. Truthfully, I disliked cars with beige colour interior and thankfully this has been corrected with black colour. On the other hand, the background of the meter instruments is now in white colour instead of black. This applies across all current model of Grand Livina including the standard and Impul model. Don’t worry, your ordinary Grand Livina Tuned by Impul will not get signature from the founder of Impul – Kazuyoshi Hoshino on the dashboard.



I took the key and crack up the engine, the sporty exhaust note from the Impul Blast 2 exhaust muffler caught my attention. I move the car out from the car park and join the usual KL traffic jam, I am so surprise for such a compact MPV is so easy to drive and manoeuvring around the city, thanks to the Electric Power Steering (EPS). The minimum turning radius is 5.2m (curb-to-curb), which is similar to the Perodua Alza. The manual gearstick is smooth and solid throughout the gear shifting comparing to some of its rival.



After awhile of driving on the freeway, I can feel the suspension setup is slightly solid and the car handling is optimised with less body roll and pitch whenever I take corners and cruising at high speed. If there is a slalom competition for MPVs, I suppose this car is capable to find its position. 



Technically, the upgraded Impul suspension is fine-tuned with a 25mm lowered ride height compare to the standard model. This makes the car having the height of any normal passenger car, which provides easy access on getting in and out of a car. The car is fitted with Impul Aura SX-10 17” alloy wheels wrapped with 205 45 R17 Goodyear Eagle F1 GSD3 Tyres. It does refine the limits and deliver more driving confidence to the driver. The Nissan Grand Livina Tuned by Impul prove my erroneous that such a compact MPV can also be a driver’s car.



Based on the spec sheet, I found that the engine delivers the same power as the pre-facelift model. This 1.6-litre all-aluminium alloy engine (HR16DE) is an inline-4 DOHC 16v engine with drive-by-wire technology that churning 105PS @ 5,200rpm with a torque of 150Nm @ 4,400rpm. This car is unquestionably compatible with RON95 unleaded fuel since the compression ratio of the engine is only 9.8:1.



Don’t misjudge the Nissan Grand Livina by its size and engine capacity. The car is practically responsive at its class but I found that the gear ratio of the manual transmission is refined to its purpose as MPVs, which you won’t feel the car is dragging or struggle to move. It may be due to the improvement by the Impul Blast 2 exhaust muffler. However, the consequences lead to higher engine RPMs when cruising at high-speed. The engine RPM runs at 3,000 delivers speed not more than 100km/h (approximately 98km/h) on 5th gear. On the fuel consumption, we are able to clock it average 11.5km per litre for city driving, which I think is pretty standard for 1.6 engines similar to my previous ride – Proton Waja 1.6 manual. But I know it can be better with more discipline driving behaviour.



For safety purpose, all Grand Livina is fitted with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BA) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). The braking pedal is easy to step on (thanks to the brake assist system) and it does help me to stop effectively and safely during my test (with the EBD and ABS). There are two SRS Airbags for frontal collisions: driver and front passenger.



With all the goodies from Impul, this model is offered at a cost of only RM 10,700.00 extra (including 1.6 M/T, 1,6 A/T and 1.8 A/T) above the standard Grand Livina. The new Nissan Grand Livina Tuned by Impul comes with a 3-year or 100,000km warranty as well. According to ETCM, the new Impul performance parts will also be available for existing Nissan Grand Livina owners to purchase and upgrade.



^ Impul side sticker is not included


In conclusion, I think this Grand Livina Tuned by Impul is definitely a practical car for individual that is seeking for a combination of sportier ride as well as practicality. The driving experience is effortless just like any ordinary sedan. The overall ride comfort and control is possibly one of the best on its class.  If you were to ask me, I will recommend this car to the folks despite of budget that are out there considering a Perodua Alza, Proton Exora, Toyota Avanza or even a Toyota Innova.


Price of Nissan Grand Livina Tuned by Impul in Peninsular Malaysia (Private Individual)
• 1.6 M/T – RM 97,500.00
• 1.6 A/T – RM 100,500.00
• 1.8 A/T – RM 109,500.00


These four colours are exclusive only to the Nissan Grand Livina Tuned by Impul
• Tungsten Silver
• Sapphire Black
• Brilliant White
• Twilight Grey


• Better handling and control
• Black colour interior just simply BETTER!!
• Redesigned Impul aerodynamic kit makes the car looks much SUPERIOR!!
• Practical compact MPVs with 7 seats


• The Impul Blast 2 exhaust muffler can be a little loud for some individual
• Basic with no fancy features like auto wiper sensor, auto headlamp sensor and auto climate control


Impul Tune-up Pack (Summary)
- Impul Sports Suspension System with a 25mm Lowered Ride Height*
- Impul Aura SX-10 17” Alloy Wheels Wrapped with Goodyear Eagle F1 GSD3 Tyres (previously on Dunlop Formula D 01)**
- Impul Blast 2 Stainless Steel Exhaust Muffler*
- Impul Aerokit (front spoilers, side skirts, rear spoilers and rear wing spoiler) and New Front Grille with New Impul Logo*


* The aerokit, suspension, exhaust muffler are licensed by Impul to be manufactured in Malaysia.
** Impul Aura SX-10 alloy wheels are imported directly from Japan 


Photo Gallery: 2011 Nissan Grand Livina Facelift Malaysia