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Nissan teases next-generation Quest minivan

Nissan has released teaser photos of its next-generation Quest minivan. Unsurprisingly, it looks a lot like Toyota and Honda's offerings.

Nissan's upcoming Quest minivan emerges from the shadows.
Nissan has released the first batch of teaser shots of its upcoming Quest minivan. While the previous generation was something of an odd looker, this new Quest appears--at least in these photos--to ape some of the styling cues of the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey. Note the upright windshield, high nose, and extra short hood.
Nissan's upcoming Quest minivan emerges from the shadows.
Nissan's upcoming Quest minivan emerges from the shadows. Nissan

Toyota fired the first shot with its updated and redesigned Sienna minivan, revealed at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. When Honda unveiled its updated Odyssey last month, we couldn't help but note a few similarities between it and the Toyota. Now, Nissan enters the fray with teaser photos of its upcoming Quest refresh and we can't help but notice that it sort of looks like someone just Photoshopped a Nissan badge onto a dark photo of a Sienna. Come on automakers, we understand that a van should look like a van, but is it too much to ask that they're not just carbon copies of one another?

OK, so maybe we're being a bit harsh in our judgment of the Nissan Quest based on these shadowy teaser images. The minivan does appear to have a few interesting styling cues, such as a faux-pillarless design and wrap-around rear glass that reminds us of the Nissan Cube (at least this time it's symmetrical). The Quest also appears to benefit from Nissan's current interior design language with just a taste of Infiniti luxury.

Nissan has revealed no information about the pricing, power train, or economy of the upcoming Quest, nor do we have details about any updates to the cabin technology and infotainment suite. We know this much, if this thing has yet another ultrawide-screen rear seat entertainment rig, we're going to scream.

Nissan has promised that all will be revealed at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The next generation Nissan Quest will go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in early 2011.