A luxury MPV, the Nissan Elgrand has been in production since 1997. Since then, three generations of Elgrand models have been released, with the most recent, the E52 Elgrand sharing the same platform as the Nissan Quest. In various parts of the world, the Elgrand goes by different names, including Caravan Elgrand, Homy Elgrand, Isuzu Filly, and Isuzu Fargo Filly.
The Nissan Elgrand is a popular vehicle because it does good work of addressing various needs. Different people look for different things in a car and Nissan has taken care of this by releasing a range of options alongside the luxury MPV, allowing buyers to specifically get an Elgrand that is suitable for them.
But apart from simple options like several engines to choose from, Nissan actually came out with several types of Elgrands. For the third-generation model E52 alone, for instance, there was the Elgrand S-tune, Autech Elgrand Rider Black Line, Autech Elgrand Rider High Performance Spec, Elgrand Urban Chrome, Autech Elgrand Rider High Performance Spec Black Line, and the Elgrand Urban Chrome Black Leather. Revisions introduced each year after the E52 came out ensured that the vehicle could keep up with the needs of the market.
The Nissan Elgrand is available through a grey import market so you may run into a bit of difficulty getting assistance from official Nissan dealerships. The upside is that there is growing interest in the Elgrand just the same so where official dealerships may not be around to help you out, enthusiasts and fellow owners will be more than willing to pitch in and aid you in getting what you need for your Elgrand. Most Elgrands heading for the UK are imported by specialist car agents or dealerships but many are also directly purchased from Japanese car auctions or dealerships with online operations.
Since the Elgrand is part of a grey market, most of the vehicles that have been imported are E50s, the first-generation model. This means you're not only looking at a second-hand vehicle but one that has been around for more than a decade now. While this doesn't necessarily mean that your options would only include worn-down Elgrands, this does require you to at least keep your expectations modest.
Having a lot of options is generally a good thing but sometimes it can overwhelm. In the case of the Elgrand, having several versions of the vehicle come out annually seems to just add to the clutter. Nissan is doing a good deed by constantly upgrading the Elgrand, but this also points out that, with so much room for improvement, possibly the vehicle was lacking in so many areas in the first place. It would have been better if Nissan came out with the best version of the Elgrand in one go and released revisions every other year or so. Say you got your hands on a brand-new Elgrand this year, it would be incredibly annoying to find out there's a better one coming out next year, right? Your Elgrand wouldn't even have time to accumulate enough wear and tear to justify a new purchase.
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