Nissan has unveiled the next-generation 2011 Quest minivan for the U.S. market.

Based on the Japanese domestic market Elgrand, this "king of minivans" comes fitted with a 3.5 liter V6 churning out 253 bhp (189 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque coupled to Nissan's Xtronic CVT transmission.

The triple seat-row minivan comes with power sliding side doors with a one-touch open/unlock function and fold-flat seats for the 2nd and 3rd row benches for loads of transport space. Inside the cabin is a 11-inch WVGA screen for the rear passengers or kids to watch what they please on the family entertainment system. No wonder the press release says that the Nissan Quest "'gets' parenting".

The 2011 Nissan Quest will be offered in four trim-level variants: S, SV, SL and LE. S and SV come standard with 16-inch wheels while the higher-end SL and LE trims are fitted with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

See the press release for full details.

The new Nissan Quest goes on sale in early 2011.

Gallery: 2011 Nissan Quest revealed for North America [video]

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