Nissan Wingroad AD 2nd generation
|Also called||Nissan Sunny Wagon N14 (Europe) Nissan Pulsar Wagon N14(Australia) Nissan Sentra Wagon N14 (New Zealand) Nissan AD Resort Y10 (Taiwan, Thailand and Malaysia) Nissan Wingroad (Japan) Nissan Tsubame (Mexico) Nissan NRV (Taiwan) Nissan NV Pick-up (Thailand)|
|Predecessor||Nissan Sunny California|
|Body style||5-door wagon 2-door pick-up|
|Engine||1.5 L GA15DS I4 1.6 L GA16DE I4 2.0 L CD20 I4|
|Wheelbase||2,400 mm (94.5 in)|
|Length||4,175 mm (164.4 in)|
|Width||1,665 mm (65.6 in)|
|Height||1,520 mm (59.8 in)|
|Related||Nissan Pulsar N14|
The second generation AD Van (sold as the Y10/N14 Wagon in Europe) replaced the Nissan Sunny B13 series wagon and was introduced October 1990, but with a different rear end compared to the standard Sunny wagons that were exported. The vehicle continued as the AD Van, and as a private use (non-commercial) it was marketed as the Nissan Sunny California wagon (N14/Y10). The engines used were the 1.5 L and 1.3 L GA15DS & GA13DS with DOHC and the 1.7 L CD17 diesel continued. The Wingroad/AD Van were also accompanied by a larger retail/commercial station wagon/delivery van called the Nissan Avenir/Expert that replaced the Nissan Bluebird U12 wagon/delivery van.
In 1996 the Nissan Wingroad was added to the lineup. The Wingroad was offered with the SR20DE instead of the GA13DS, as well as the SR18DE and GA15DE. Trying to cash in on Japan's RV ("recreational vehicle", usually feel versions of existing vans and wagons combining a slight off-road vibe with sportier equipment) craze of the late 1990s. The Wingroad followed this recipe closely, being a winged and bespoilered version of the AD Van with usually more powerful engines. Four-wheel drive was optional. What is uncommon about the Wingroad is that it also received a redesigned, larger rear end with a longer rear overhang. The Wingroad name was borrowed from a trim grade on the Nissan Bluebird U11 series wagon.
April 1992 saw the introduction of the AD Max with an unusual raised cargo bay, called fourgonette style, with two French doors in back and two doors for front passengers. The wheelbase was extended 70 mm to 4,270 mm, with the height of the cargo area measured to be 1,810 mm. Two rear wipers were installed on each of the French doors. Suzuki also tried this approach with the Suzuki Alto Hustle. The AD Max was available with regular rectangular side windows or a more unusual triangular arrangement (pictured), as well as a panelled version of the latter.
August 1993 saw minor changes, with the 1.3 L automatic transmission upgraded to a four-speed. The Wingroad transmission selections were either the four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual.
The Wingroad JS trim level shares an appearance with the larger Nissan Avenir Blastar, and both also use a two tone paint scheme.
September 1993 The AD van was introduced to Thailand, Taiwan and Malaysia called the Nissan AD Resort. A "Wingroad" version was also available in Thailand, but unlike the Japanese market Wingroad this is a Y10 based pickup truck. The AD Wagon was sold in Mexico, called the Nissan Tsubame (which, with the T removed, means "get me on top" in Spanish, and swallow - the bird - in Japanese).
August 1994, the AD van was sold as the Subaru Leone sold as a light commercial vehicle until model year 2001 Y11 series for Subaru. The Subaru version was added as a result of the Leone platform having been replaced by the Subaru Impreza which had a reduced size cargo area on the wagon/five-door hatchback. The Mazda Familia was introduced at the same time and is still in production using the current Y12 series.
April 1996 saw a driver side airbag added as an extra cost option.
May 1997 saw minor cosmetic changes. The 1.3 L & 1.5 L GA13DE & GA15DE engines replaced the GA13DS and GA15DS for better emissions performance. the 2.0 L CD20 diesel engine was introduced with the ATTESA 4WD system, and ventilated front disc brakes were introduced on all trim levels. The front windshield wipers were offered with a de-icer option.