It appears that Nissan has big plans with its Altima mid-sized sedan as this model could seriously improve its fuel economy in the next year model due to an improved continuously variable transmission but also due to its first in-house front-wheel hybrid system for the United States. Nissan showed the powertrain developments yesterday during a test drive and advanced technologies event in Japan.
According to Autonews, the new hybrid system which will be seen on the Nissan vehicles in 2013, will be firm’s first in-house hybrid drivetrain for front-wheel-drive cars.
This means that the Toyota-based hybrid system used in the Altima will be replaced. Regarding its new hybrid drivetrain for front-wheel-drive cars, Nissan says that this system is based on the one used by the rear-wheel-drive Infiniti M hybrid.
Moreover, Nissan said that the system will be a two-clutch, one-motor system combined with a supercharged four-cylinder engine.
This means that the car will use a supercharged version of the 2.5-liter engine used by the current Nissan Altima. Furthermore, the Japanese manufacturer is planning to mate the hybrid's engine and electric motor with its new Xtronic CVT.
This new transmission is expected to debut in 2012 on the fifth-generation Altima, and it is expected to deliver 10 percent better fuel economy than the current generation. [source: Autonews]