Nissan Gloria / Cedric

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Nissan Gloria

Nissan Gloria

/ Cedric

T alking about Japanese executive sedans, you may think of Lexus, Infiniti or Honda Legend. Admittedly, these export-biased models were designed with European character instead of the traditional core value of Japanese. To know what is a pure Japanese executive sedan, you must have a look to Nissan Cedric / Gloria or their arch-rival Toyota Crown. For 3 decades, these 2 series dominated the domestic market#8217;s luxury segment as well as Taxi business.

They were also very well-known in South East Asia here until we had been educated what handling is.

One word concludes these cars – Conservative. No matter exterior styling or interior layout, Crown and Cedric / Gloria used to follow Lincoln or Cadillac-style blandness. Super soft ride meant no driver appeal at all, although they had long legs (advanced engines). Now both companies are changing this by injecting more dynamic and younger style into these cars. In particular, I am very pleased with Gloria#8217;s exterior styling.

It still has a conservative proportion, but with plenty of aggressive-looking details, such as the New Edge headlamps in the light of Ford. Frameless windows and pseudo hardtop design (that is, looks like lack of B-pillar) also bring more sense of dynamic. Overall speaking, the Gloria is a design that both the Japanese traditionalists and foreigners satisfy with.

What a pity, the setup of the front MacPherson strut / rear multi-link suspension is biased towards comfort even though in the sportiest model Gloria Ultima Z. Despite of 17-inch low profile tyres, it rides smoothly and quietly, filter bumps well from the cabin. On the other hand, handling suffers. It rolls a lot into corner, protesting against your aggressive driving style by resisting to change direction that quick. So you feel it remains an elephant as it used to be in the past 3 decades.

What you can#8217;t feel enough is the steering – it#8217;s lifeless and overassisted at low speed.

It seems that Gloria was designed for high speed cruising instead. Even without the help from VDC stability control, it is inherently stable at high speed. Speed-sensitive assistance firm up the steering to enhance confidence.

It#8217;s a joy to cruise that elephant in highway, thanks to good suppression of wind noise and that refined engine.

Yes, jewel of the crown is either the VQ30DET turbocharged V6 or the advanced Extroid CVT transmission. The motoring world is already impressed by Cefiro#8217;s VQ30DE engine, because of smoothness, quietness and willingness (oh yes, it#8217;s been Ward#8217;s 10 best engines for 5 straight years). The turbocharged version loses no such qualities while achieving a fire-breathing 280 hp output.

It#8217;s not a high boost turbo, so turbo lag is virtually unperceivable. The punch is so strong that one can easily believed the Gloria Ultima Z is a nightmare to BMW 540i. Of course it isn#8217;t.

The Extroid CVT is the world#8217;s first CVT using rollers instead of belt or chain as the media for varying transmission ratio. Nissan must be proud of its ability to handle the 285 lbft of torque from the turbo V6, well beating Audi Multitronic#8217;s 221 lbft upper limit. Moreover, the Extroid CVT is really very smooth and quiet, refiner than any existing automatic. On the other hand, to enhance driving fun, it has 6 simulated manual ratios for the driver to select.

Changing from one to another is surprisingly quick. The control is more or less the same as Porsche#8217;s Tiptronic, that is, a manual slot with + and – positions is provided at the right hand side of the auto slot. What a pity no Tiptronic S control, unlike Skyline.

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The Gloria is very well built and crafted. The dashboard is made of high quality plastic. Doors are leather-trimmed with good fit and finish. There#8217;s real wood at the console as well. Although the design of dashboard is conservative, two-tone light color scheme brings a present ambience that rarely found in traditional Japanese luxury.

The leather chairs are big and comfortable, if not providing sufficient lateral support. With 2800 mm wheelbase, rear passenger comfort is never in doubt.

All these findings apply to Cedric as well, because it is identical to the Gloria except minor deviations in styling. In these cost-cutting years, the difference between them has become lesser than ever.

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The above report was last updated on 12 Apr 2000. All Rights Reserved.

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