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August 31, 2022

Nissan Philippines Is Launching The Livina MPV On September 6

Update: Check out the specs, variants, and prices here. And our full review, here (9/7).

Some three years after its global debut in 2019, Nissan Philippines has finally confirmed that it’s bringing in the Livina MPV. Mark your calendars because it’s happening on September 6—a week before its public debut at the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS).

The Nissan Livina is based off the Mitsubishi Xpander (the pre-facelifted version), and thus has its powertrain and platform pretty much copy-pasted. That said, Nissan does scrub off Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield design and replaces it with their trademark V-Motion grille. The compound headlight remains though with the top part being the LED daytime running lights / park lights while the middle serving as headlights and signal indicators (sadly, they use halogen beams, at least for the Indonesian market). At the back, it is much unchanged from the Xpander.

Inside, the Livina’s dashboard sticks close to the original Xpander, but it does have its own unique steering wheel design. Standard features include a tilt/telescopic steering column and a 7-inch infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As for available features, most of it is focused on cargo versatility and with that gets a compartmentalized seatback organizer, underseat tray, rear trunk organizer, and 12-volt power outlets on all three rows.

It's worth pointing out though that the Livina gets one feature not found even in the top-of-the-line Xpander: leather seats.

Mechanically, the Nissan Livina gets a 1.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with Twin VTC or Variable Valve Timing Control. This engine generates 104 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 141 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. It’s mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic—the same exact figures as the Mitsubishi Xpander.

Furthermore, unlike other Nissan models which benefit from a heightened level of driver assist systems, the Living makes do with just the basic safety equipment: dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, stability control with hill start assist, and rear parking sensors with a rear camera.

Nissan Philippines has yet to confirm the exact trim and pricing available, but in Indonesia it comes in three variants: the EL, VE, and VL. The EL is the sole manual variant.

An educated guess is that because it is based off the old Xpander, Nissan Philippines will likely price their MPV lower—probably at the range of just P 973,000 to P 1.1 million making this their biggest selling point. This is compared to the new Xpander which now starts at P 1,050,000 and tops out at P 1,180,000.


  1. Does the Livina have a 5-year warranty (vs the Xpander's 3-year warranty)?

  2. Replies
    1. No..It uses the same engine and transmission of the Xpander

  3. they should have brought in the magnite instead to battle it out with the hot-sellling raize and kia stonic. they don't have a sub-compact crossover in their line-up. the livina has a number of competition like the toyota avanza, suzuki ertiga, brv (for the 7 seater) and of course the xpander (which would eat some units from its sister company mitsu0

    1. Actually I feel the same way. They should have gone for the entry-level small SUV instead of going into the small MPV category. Their decision seems to be a couple of years late...unless their objective is to pretty much kill off Mitsubishi's presence in the Philippines LOL.


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