Featuring more power, bespoke suspension settings and upgraded brakes, the A110S offers an even more intense driving experience. Available to reserve now and order from 3 September, the A110S is priced from £56,810 ($68,595).
A true Alpine, the A110S shares its lightweight, mid-engined two-seater layout with other models in the range. A number of key changes, however, deliver enhanced performance, precision and high speed stability, yet with no loss in everyday usability.
The turbocharged 1.8-litre engine now produces 292hp, an increase of 40hp over the standard car, while peak torque of 320Nm is now available over a wider rev band, from 2,000 to 6,400rpm. There’s also the inclusion of the active sports exhaust that delivers a more emotive engine sound depending on the selected driver mode.
With this increase in performance comes the standard fitment of the Alpine high performance braking system, which includes 320mm bi-material brake discs and Brembo calipers. There are also wider (215/40 R18 front and 245/40 R18 rear) Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres that have been tuned specifically for the A110S.
Further revisions include a ride height lowered by 4mm, plus new springs and hollow anti-roll bars that have been stiffened by 50 and 100% respectively. The electronic stability control has also been recalibrated to take advantage of the even greater handling accuracy and improved grip. Crucially, these changes have been engineered so as not to undermine the everyday comfort of the A110S.
Key options for the A110S include a £2,208 carbon fibre roof panel that shaves 1.9kg from the 1,114kg kerb weight, plus £1,656 carbon fibre-backed versions of the standard, Dinamica trimmed Sabelt bucket seats. The Alpine A110S also debuts the distinctive new £4,440 Thunder Grey Matt paint finish, which can also be ordered on A110 Pure and A110 Légende models.
The Nexo, which is only available in California, is the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that IIHS has tested. Such a vehicle wouldn't normally be included in the Institute's routine test schedule, but the Nexo was nominated for testing by Hyundai. Evaluating the Nexo was also beneficial to IIHS, offering an early opportunity to evaluate a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.
To qualify for a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also needs an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating.
The Nexo, a midsize luxury SUV, has good ratings in all six crashworthiness tests.
Its standard front crash prevention system earns a superior rating. The vehicle avoided collisions in 12 mph and 25 mph track tests and has a forward collision warning system that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.
The Nexo's only available headlights earn a good rating for models built after June, when Hyundai adjusted the headlights' factory aim to provide better visibility, particularly through curves. Earlier 2019 models earn an acceptable headlight rating, and therefore qualify for the Institute's second-tier TOP SAFETY PICK award. The SUV comes with standard high-beam assist, which automatically switches between high beams and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles.
The midsize luxury SUV earns the award when equipped with specific, acceptable-rated headlights.
To qualify for a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a good or acceptable rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. It also needs an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good or acceptable headlight rating.
The QX60, which is based on the design of the Nissan Pathfinder, earns good ratings in five crashworthiness evaluations and an acceptable rating in the passenger-side small overlap crash test.
The SUV scored a superior rating for its standard front crash prevention system, which avoided collisions in 12 and 25 mph track tests. The system also has a warning component that meets criteria set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Infiniti made mid-year changes in 2019 to improve the QX60’s headlights. The LED headlights on vehicles built after May earn an acceptable rating when combined with high-beam assist, a system that automatically switches between high beams and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles. High-beam assist is available only on the QX60’s Luxe trim. The same headlights without high-beam assist earn a marginal rating.
QX60s built after August 2018 and before June 2019 — before the latest headlight modification — earn a marginal headlight rating, whether they are equipped with high-beam assist or not. All 2019 QX60s built before September 2018 have HID headlights that earn a poor rating, largely due to excessive glare. (Source: iihs.org)
The new Serena carries on the traditions established by previous models as a trusted commuter that can serve a broad range of functions, from family hauler to a mobile office. While all the hallmarks of the original 1991 Serena – such as spacious seating, ease of access and convenient utility, including multiple seating configurations – remain intact, Nissan has continually expanded the model's level of equipment, while enhancing its driving performance through technologies such as the ProPILOT driving assistance system and e-POWER, which helped make it the top-selling minivan in Japan for fiscal year 2018.
The new Serena debuts Adaptive LED Headlight System, 1 a Nissan first, which automatically detects preceding and oncoming vehicles through a forward-facing camera and is able to individually deactivate each of the 12 LEDs in the headlight unit, reducing high beam brightness in targeted areas ahead. This reduces harsh light glare for preceding and oncoming drivers, providing a safer night-time driving experience.
A 360 degree approach to safety
The new Serena features a suite of intelligent safety technology as standard equipment across the entire model range, a key component of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company's vision of how vehicles are powered, driven and connected to society. These new features help provide front, side and rear safety monitoring and also allow intervention when necessary.
Safety technologies equipped as standard include – Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention and Blind Spot Warning, which help to avoid collisions with vehicles approaching from behind in neighbouring lanes, as well as Rear Cross Traffic Alert that senses approaching vehicles from the left or right when reversing. Combined, they offer peace of mind to all drivers whether they are commuting to the office or returning home from a family outing.2
With the inclusion of Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication as standard equipment for all trim levels, the Serena achieves the classification of “Safety Support Car S (Wide)” under the Japan government safety scheme. 3
New features to ProPILOT offer even more vehicle controllability to reduce driver fatigue and stress. ProPILOT's speed control has been optimized, especially for smoother braking in various conditions, to provide a comfortable, relaxing drive. On inclined roadways, the system is able to maintain the driver's set speed and balance powertrain output when returning to flatter road surfaces.
Eye catching by-design
The new Serena features a refreshed exterior design that effectively communicates its high level of technology and premium qualities. In front, Nissan's double V-motion design signature runs through the updated headlights, framing the Serena's bold chrome grille. The front bumper receives sharper accents with an integrated chin spoiler.
For Highway STAR models, the front face exudes a more aggressive demeanor, with the V-motion theme starting lower on the updated bumper, resulting in a larger grille with a unique chrome pattern. Exclusive rear taillights and a redesigned rear bumper compliment the Highway STAR's new road presense.
Models equipped with e-POWER receive exclusive 16-inch aluminum wheels, offering a subtle hint of the powerful performance within.
The new Serena adds two new exterior colors totalling 14 different shades. Sunrise Orange mimics the rich orange brilliance of a new dawn, while Dark Metal Gray emphasizes its sharp-looking body lines. Both new exterior colors can be optioned with a two-tone paint scheme that includes Diamond Black paint on the roof, providing the Serena with a distictively sporty character.
Inside, the interior receives an updated instrument panel design and new seat fabric, depending on vehicle grade. Optional waterproof seat covers offer an extra layer of protection, keeping spills and dirt from staining the fabric.
Nissan continues to offer the Serena in two-wheel- and four-wheel-drive configurations. Gasoline-powered models come equipped with either the existing 2.0-liter MR20DD engine; or the MR20DD-SM24 powertrain for S-HYBRID models.
An HR12DE-EM57 e-POWER power plant, which includes a small gasoline engine that charges a battery pack, is also available for 7-passenger models. The 100% electric drive e-POWER system delivers powerful acceleration and a quieter cabin experience during vehicle operation.
Other tech features of the new Serena include Intelligent Rearview Mirror, one touch auto-slide door, a third row auto slide switch to make ingress and egress easier, and hands-free auto sliding doors that can be activated by a wave of the foot under the side door.
1 Adaptive LED Headlight System availability depends on the grade/manufacturer option.
2 Intelligent safety technologies equipped on the Serena include:
・Adaptive LED Headlight System or High Beam Assist (depending on grade)
・Intelligent Emergency Braking
・Road sign detection function (detection of no-entry signs, highway speed limits and temporary stop signs)
・Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication
・Intelligent LI (Intelligent Lane Intervention)
・LDW (Lane Departure Warning)
・Intelligent BSI (Blind Spot Intervention)
・BSW (Blind Spot Warning)
・RCTA (Rear Cross Traffic Alert)
3 Safety Support Car S is a category that includes vehicles equipped with additional safety features that help prevent misuse of accelerator and brake pedals. Safety Support Car S (Wide) is a subset category which includes vehicles equipped with autonomous braking (for pedestrians), systems that helps prevent misuse of accelerator and brake pedals, lane departure warning, and advanced headlight systems.