By Tamami Laser with Nahoko Osuka Reporting from Japan
Nissan is preparing to launch a hybrid version of its X-Trail crossover next month via its dealer network in Japan. It’s unknown whether the U.S. market Rogue and European Qashqai versions of this vehicle will follow suit. Nissan has been focusing its efforts recently on pure Electric Vehicles (EVs) including the popular Leaf and its larger sibling the e-NV200 electric van.
The automaker also has been improving its gasoline-electric hybrid system. Nissan has a “two-pillar” strategy to reduce CO2 emissions: “Zero Emissions” and “PURE DRIVE.” The latter are mass-produced vehicles equipped with next-generation eco-technologies, such as Idling Stop, clean Diesel and Hybrid engines. The new X-Trail Hybrid is part of the “PURE DRIVE” family.
In this edition of the “Nissan Dashboard” the new X-Trail Hybrid is introduced to members of the media in Japan. (video courtesy Nissan Newsroom Japan)
X-Trail Hybrid features Nissan’s one-motor two-clutch parallel hybrid system, “Intelligent Dual Clutch Control,” a high-output lithium-ion battery with a quick charge/discharge function, RM31 electric motor with maximum power output of 30kW (41PS) and maximum torque of 160N・m (16.3kgf・m), and a special MR20DD engine with maximum power of 108kW (147PS) at 6000 rpm and maximum torque of 207N·m (21.1kgf·m) at 4400 rpm).
Also included is a regenerative braking system, improved aerodynamic detailing under the vehicle, low rolling resistance tires, a hybrid energy display in the meter cluster and hybrid power meter, and the NissanConnect Navigation System with smartphone link application.
Nissan says all the grades for this vehicle achieve tax exemptions. In addition, the new X-Trail Hybrid will have Forward Emergency Braking as standard equipment. Nissan is planning to introduce Forward Emergency Braking as standard on major models in Japan, by the end of this year.
Nissan says its Intelligent Dual Clutch Control is an original, highly efficient hybrid system that drives the wheels and regenerates electricity by using one motor. With one of the two clutches completely separating the motor from the engine, EV mode driving in high-speed situations and highly efficient regeneration are possible. The automaker says the new X-Trail Hybrid achieves fuel economy of 20.6km/L (JC08 mode) and the 2020 fuel economy standards in every model, which means tax exemptions can be applied.
In addition, Nissan says all the versions of the new X-Trail Hybrid achieve a 75 percent reduction of NOx (nitrogen oxide) and NMHC (non-methane hydrocarbons) in exhaust emissions over 2005 standards and SU-LEV certification.
The 2.0-liter gas engine improves its performance by removing an auxiliary belt and adopting a low-friction oil seal. The overall improved system also helps achieve fuel economy gains. Nissan says the Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission combined with the engine adopts the same step-shift control as gasoline vehicles, contributing to fuel efficiency and acceleration.
X-Trail’s high-output lithium-ion battery is designed to charge and discharge quickly. This contributes to high-speed control of the electric motor and optimum clutch control, which assists smooth starts and quick shift changes. Thanks to the battery’s compact size, the new hybrid offers a luggage capacity of over 400L (based on the VDA method), equivalent to that of non-hybrid vehicles.
The two-clutch system delivers engine and motor energy mechanically to the transmission without having a motor assist or a torque converter for quick starts. Nissan says it generates more torque than a 2.5-liter gasoline engine in all speed ranges, from low to high rpm.
The NissanConnect Navigation System, the latest generation in-car navigation, information and entertainment system with smartphone link application, offers mobile integration service such as displaying apps installed in a smartphone on the screen, setting a destination by forwarding position information from the device, and sending or receiving e-mails.
Nissan says limited editions that emphasize the “wild and tough characteristics of its authentic SUV,” called “X-Trail Xtreamer-X” and the “Black Xtreamer-X” will also be offered with its hybrid grades. X-Trail Hybrid prices in Japan range from ¥2,804,760 (about $23,500) to ¥3,240,000 (about $27,000).
X-Trail information applies to models sold in Japan. Features, specifications and prices are subject to change without notice.
News source, photos and video from Nissan Newsroom Japan
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