Nissan will deploy this year its advanced D-Step Shift logic in the CVT versions of the 2015 Versa, Versa Note, Sentra, Altima V-6, Pathfinder and Quest. It was already made available for the 2013 four-cylinder Altima and the 2014 Rogue. More models will be equipped with the D-Step Shift in 2016.
The feature will make CVTs sound and feel less like one by creating a sensation a CVT is shifting gears like a traditional automatic gearbox.
Nissan is currently leading the auto industry in CVT use while responding to critics of the technology, remarked John Curl, Nissan North America regional product manager for small sedans, sports and electric vehicles.
Nissan is also aiming ease owners' worries that their transmissions are malfunctioning when they don’t change gears. A CVT could result to better fuel efficiency and a smoother ride by continuously increasing its gear ratio as the vehicle further accelerates, instead of stepping from gear to gear.
D-Step Shift makes the gearbox to jump ahead slightly in the ratios at around 4,000 rpms, depending on the speed of the vehicle. That causes a slight and momentary drop in driving force as well as provides a sense of a gear changing just like what can be felt a traditional automatic transmission.