Nissan Primera (2002–2006)
New Primera launched
Engine choice includes a 116PS 1.8 with five-speed manual or automatic transmission, a 140PS 2.0 with Nissan's M-CVT automatic which also offers manual ratio selection and a 126bhp 2.2 turbodiesel with six-speed manual box promises healthy performance with 50mpg economy.
4,567mm long x 1,760mm wide (1,998mm including mirrors) x 1,482mm high.
A 'first' is the built-in closed circuit TV camera in its rear number plate surround. This is linked to the TV screen on the central instrument pod and, instead of aiding rear-parking by coloured lights or bleepers, actually lets you see what is directly behind the car. Since this could save a child's life it has to be worth having.
All Primera models from SE up get the system. Naturally enough, a tail-eye view isn't all it does. It also displays information for the audio, malfunction warnings, communication, satnav system and climate control. Six buttons change the display according to the function selected, with two large circular switches for the main ones and a joystick for the navigation system.
Five door hatchbacks and a six-speed manual version launched. Along with 140PS 2.0 engine. 2.2 DI six-speed is good to drive and promises fantastic economy from its ultra-tall top gear which gives nearly 37mph per 1,000rpm.
Power of 2.2 DI hiked from 126PS to 136PS.
The CVT automatic transmission fitted to Nissan Primeras has proved to be very reliable. One reader never changed the fluid in 99,000 miles because it remained clean as new. Comments from North American users on the internet agree with this.