By Steve & Tamami Laser
Nissan has revealed the new Lannia sedan and Murano Hybrid at Auto Shanghai 2015 and announced that both models will go on sale in China in fall 2015. Lannia is evolved from Nissan’s Friend-ME and Lannia concepts shown previously in China, while Murano gains a new hybrid powertrain for the recently introduced next-generation crossover.
Designed to challenge the status quo of sedan design, the production version of Lannia has a muscular and dynamic exterior. A character line flows from the front through the door section to the rear. Lannia’s V-motion grille and boomerang-shaped headlights are hallmarks of the latest Nissan designs.
“These innovative vehicles represent the start of an exciting new chapter in the story of Nissan’s presence in, and commitment to, China,” said Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “Nissan’s growth strategy in China will continue to reflect our commitment to use local engineering and manufacturing. And we will maintain our support for China’s efforts to promote more efficient and sustainable transportation. On both of these fronts, Lannia and Murano Hybrid will lead the way forward.”
In this video, John Zhi Zhang, Chief Product Specialist, Nissan Technical Center, Nissan Motor, explains that for Lannia, a Chinese team led the conceptualization, exterior design, engineering and manufacturing of the car. (video: Nissan Global Newsroom)
Building on Nissan’s success in the sedan market, the automaker says Lannia delivers a fresh, distinctive personality inspired by China’s young generation. As the first product developed and designed for young Chinese consumers, especially those in their 20s and 30s who are seen as trendsetters, Lannia serves as an expression of the company’s commitment to the Chinese market.
Inspired by the “smooth, muscular movements of wild animals,” Lannia features a kicked-up C-pillar and floating roof that’s becoming a Nissan hallmark first seen on the new Murano and also applied to the all-new Maxima introduced last month at the New York Auto Show.
Designers created a driver-centric cockpit with connectivity a key focus in development. Lannia features integrated infotainment technologies, including an advanced audio system with smart-phone connectivity and a 7-inch multimedia display created by Nissan’s Research and Development team in China.
Lannia also gains advanced safety features including Nissan’s new Safety Shield technologies, and is said to be engineered to achieve competitive levels of fuel efficiency.
Nissan has followed up its recent announcement of the new X-Trail Hybrid in Japan with the new Murano Hybrid for the Chinese market. This hybrid version of Nissan’s new midsize two-row crossover is said to strengthen the company’s efforts to bring more sustainable mobility options to China and to enhance its SUV offerings.
Nissan says that Murano Hybrid upholds the comfort and luxury for which it’s earned numerous accolades through the years. Like the recently introduced Murano in other global markets, it combines bold exterior design with an upscale interior. Meanwhile, the Murano Hybrid adds new technology under the hood.
Murano Hybrid is equipped with a new supercharged QR25DER gasoline engine and an electric motor paired with a compact Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. It’s controlled by the Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch system (one motor/two clutch parallel system) which assists torque with good response at low-speed and a supercharger to help generate increased power and acceleration. Nissan says it delivers performance “equivalent to the 3.5L V6 engine while offering superior fuel economy similar to a 2.0L engine.”
We’re wondering if this is an evolution of the hybrid powertrain that we tested in Nissan’s U.S. market Pathfinder Hybrid last year? It also combined a supercharged 2.5-liter gas engine with an electric motor, Li-ion battery and Nissan’s Intelligent Dual Clutch system.
It’s not clear whether we’ll see Nissan’s new Lannia and Murano Hybrid in other markets outside China. Perhaps Nissan is saving a few more surprises for Shanghai?
News source, photos and videos from Nissan Global Newsroom
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