Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Has just released details about their new generation XTRONIC CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) for 2.0 to 3.5-liter engine vehicles and a new Hybrid System for front-wheel drive vehicles. Both developments represent important steps in Nissan's goals to improve the fuel economy and environmental performance of their vehicles.
According to Nissan, the new XTRONIC CVT model achieves an improvement in fuel economy of up to 10% compared to previous CVTs for comparable vehicles. The new transmission features better gear ratio coverage and reduced friction of up to 40%. Combined with Adaptive Shift Control, the new generation XTRONIC CVT delivers better response and acceleration. The new system helps keep the engine from revving too fast at high speeds and reduces noise. The new generation XTRONIC CVT will be introduced in North America from 2012, then globally thereafter.
Nissan's new Hybrid System
Nissan's new hybrid drive system incorporates one electric motor and two clutches into the new generation XTRONIC CVT and combines this with a compact lithium-ion battery and a 2.5-liter supercharged engine. The result is a compact, versatile powertrain that does not require a specially designed body. Nissan claims the new system can deliver the power equivalent of a 3.5-liter engine but with much better city and highway fuel economy. Nissan plans to release a new hybrid vehicle in North America in 2013 and later in global markets.