Nissan Avenir is First Produced
The Nissan Avenir is a line of station wagons beginning production in May 1990 by Nissan of Japan, with the budget minded delivery van starting out as the Avenir Cargo, then being renamed in 1999 as the (Japanese: Nissan Expert) aimed primarily at the commercial market. It replaced the long-serving Nissan Bluebird wagon/delivery van. It was a larger companion to the Nissan Wingroad/Nissan AD van. The Avenir Cargo also assumed load carying duties of the discontinued Nissan Cedric and Gloria delivery vans. The Avenir appeared after the Subaru Legacy wagon. The Avenir's appearance was not shared with another Nissan sedan.
The name Avenir is French for "future".
It was initially a station wagon version of the Nissan Bluebird U12, but was eventually spun off into its own line in 1990. The nameplate was seen in Japan, New Zealand, Russia and other countries importing used JDM cars.
The W10 Avenir was initially available with either the 1.8 L SR18Di in FWD or a 2.0 L SR20DE in 4WD ATTESA configuration. The Nissan Expert cargo van came only with the 1.6 L GA16DS.
The FWD was available with either a 4 speed automatic transmission or a 5 speed manual, the 4WD only with the automatic. A 2.0 L CD20T Turbo-Diesel was added to the range, and the 1.8 L SR18Di models were given the better 1.8 L SR18DE with electronic gasoline injection in 1993.
A turbocharged model badged Salut (French for "hello!") GT turbo was introduced in 1995, this came with a 210 PS (154.5 kW; 207.1 bhp) version of the 2.0 L SR20DET and was available only in 4WD with the automatic transmission. The turbocharged Avenir wagon appeared around the same time as the Subaru Legacy GT.