Upcoming Nissan Hybrid To Feature Brand New Powertrain
Nissan will introduce it’s first in-house developed front-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain when the current generation Altima is replaced with the next one. This would imply that the current Toyota-based hybrid front-wheel-drive system will be scrapped when the new one arrives in 2013.
The updated system will share several components with the powertrain that was developed by Nissan for the rear-wheel-drive 2012 Infiniti M35h. Thus, we can expect a dual-clutch, single-motor, lithium-ion battery pack layout for the new version.
Nissan has also revealed that the replacement for the M35h’s 3.5-liter V6 engine will be a smaller 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit. This will be made to work in tandem with a new, Xtronic continuously variable transmission. Nissan is currently working on the upcoming powertrain, and is yet to confirm whether the Altima will be the one to get it, but the probability is in favor of it.