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First Look: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

Maker forecasts 24% mileage boost.

by on Mar.27, 2013

Nissan debuted its Pathfinder Hybrid in New York.

Nissan has already delivered some big surprises with the fourth-generation Pathfinder ute it launched earlier in the 2013 model-year. It revealed another during the opening day of the New York International Auto Show.

Long-averse to gas-electric technology, and preparing to focus on pure battery models like the Leaf, Nissan has shifted gears, so to speak. It will soon launch its first advanced-technology utility vehicle, the Pathfinder Hybrid.

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The new model is expected to yield about 26 mpg in the EPA’s Combined driving cycle, which would position the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid as one of the most fuel-efficient models in its segment, the maker claimed during its preview.


Nissan Likely to Launch U.S. Hybrid Production

But despite new Tenn. battery-car plant, hybrid batteries will still be imported.

by on Jan.24, 2013

The hybrid-powered Nissan Resonance will reappear in production trim as the next-generation Nissan Murano.

Nissan is likely to start producing a new generation of hybrid-electric vehicles at its assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee in the near future.

The Infiniti JX is among the first models assembled in the U.S. that will be equipped with Nissan’s new 1-motor/2-clutch hybrid system, senior sources told Other American-made models, including the new Altima and Pathfinder, along with next-generation versions of the Rogue and Murano may also add hybrid drivelines in the near future.

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But countering some newly published reports, the batteries for the hybrids will likely continue to be imported from Japan despite the recent launch of a new lithium-ion plant alongside the sprawling Smyrna factory complex.


Nissan Hi-Cross Concept is Thinly-Disguised, Next-Generation Rogue

Concept also reveals Nissan’s all-new hybrid drivetrain system.

by on Nov.30, 2012

Are you the next Nissan Rogue? Apparently.

Show cars have a habit of vanishing into the ether once their run on the auto show circuit has come to a conclusion. But don’t be surprised to see the Nissan Hi-Cross, making its public debut at the LA Auto Show this month, land back in the public eye in the months ahead.

Actually, to be more precise, expect to see the Hi-Cross Concept’s design resurface when Nissan updates its compact crossover, the Rogue, next year. Senior officials confirm that the Hi-Cross styling will be “very close” to the look of the next-generation Rogue.

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And, like the 7-seat Hi-Cross Concept, the next-generation Nissan crossover will get an optional hybrid powertrain featuring the maker’s latest gas-electric drive technology, has learned. The system will go into production next year in several Nissan models.