The regular Nissan Serena, first introduced back in 1991, has seen long life over several iterations across various markets around the world, except in the United States. Its most current incarnation, introduced into Japan in November 2010, has remained in the number one position in minivan sales in that island nation for calendar year 2011, fiscal year 2011 and for the first half of calendar year 2012, according to Nissan.
The hybrid offering’s powertrain makes use of what is said to be an upgraded version of the regular Serena’s engine and also an auxiliary motor to increase power output and power generation capabilities. There’s also what’s called a sub-battery for increased storage capability, all of which is mounted inside the existing engine space to keep the vehicle’s largest-in-class cabin and flexible seat configurations.
Fuel economy is said to be 15.2 km/L, or around 35.8 MPG, based upon the Japanese JC08 emission test cycle.
Features one can expect on the Serena S-Hybrid include blue headlight inner lenses, high-intensity LED rear combination lights, a clear LED high mount stop lamp and special graphic icons in its multi-graphic upper meter.
Pricing for Nissan’s newest hybrid begins at around $30,330. There’s no word if it will ever appear in the United States, but given this vehicle’s general history, it is very unlikely.