2017-Present Nimessa (6th Generation, XUN63), 2018 Release
The 6th generation Nimessa was revealed in December 2016 and later released in Japan in February of 2017 as the newest version of Zenshi’s well-known FWD compact car. Formulated around the “Shinka” design, the Nimessa caught the attention of many people, possessing sporty looks that gave it a more aggressive tone compared to the UN53.
The car earlier was teased again for the 2018 Japanese market towards the end of 2017, and now, will be released later this week, with worldwide models coming within the next month for the 2018 (2019 in US) model year.
For 2018, the Nimessa was given a new colour to it’s array of choices: Ultraviolet Pearl, which is similar to the purple that was showcased in the teaser for the 2017MY Nimessa.
Inside, the interior was revised somewhat to improve ergonomics without sacrificing the high-edge design it had. The AIGCS was revised to fit the more modern times of digital/analog gauge setups, and the infotainment system is now replaced with a new unit co-developed by Fujitsu which features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
Under the hood, the 104 HP 1.3L YI13 Inline-3 engine was replaced with the 126 HP QS15GDA 1.5L Inline-4 as the Nimessa’s base engine. The 2.0L QS20GDA motor remains, but now can crank out 175 HP.
The 6-Speed Manual still remains a choice for all trims to have, as well as the 6-Speed AvanTec transmission.
From the rear, the taillights have been improved for GTS models, now utilizing full LED lighting to give a more high-tech look compared to last year.
As for personalization potential, Zenshi has confirmed that many options are now available for the 2018MY Nimessa, ranging from badges to design sets, to ground effects, coming from both Zenshi in general and ZMD. 2017 model year Nimessas would be able to get these as well.
Just like before, the 2018 Nimessa will come in 3 trims, G, GT, and GTS, with the GT and GTS trims having a choice between the 1.5L and the 2.0L.
The Nimessa Penta 5-Door Hatchback will make its way to the showroom floor very soon, and when asked about the Newman R, Zenshi responded by saying that “there’s always room for improvement.”