Nissan’s Serena minivan will be getting some hybrid assistance after Nissan introduced us to the E-Power system, and it will be called the Nissan Serena E-Power. This hybrid minivan will make its way to the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, following its release in spring 2018.
First of all, the Serena will still get the same E-Power drivetrain just like that in the Note that is available in other markets. With the new setup, the internal combustion engine will act as a range extender for the batteries that give power to the electric motor. Thanks to this setup, the Serena E-Power does not need to be charged externally since the ICE does it for the electric motors. If you are familiar with the Leaf, the components in the Serena E-Power’s drivetrain are similar to that one.
As of today, Nissan has not shared information when it comes to the Serena E-Power’s system specifications - from the output, efficiency, and the range. But at the same time, the automaker also promises that the minivan will offer powerful, responsive acceleration of an electric-drive vehicle, together with a silent car and excellent fuel efficiency.
Apart from having a high-tech powertrain, Nissan will be giving the Serena E-Power the newest version of the Propilot semi-autonomous system as well. This lets the minivan stay on a single lane when driving on the highway.
For people to recognize that this model carries an E-Power drivetrain, the Serena will be given blue accents on the grille, different LED headlights, and a new set of aerodynamic aluminum wheels. Moving into the cabin, one would notice some minor changes. One of them would be that the second row now gets captain seats with distinct blue accents.
Nissan is definitely making some noise ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show. The Japanese automaker is getting ready to introduce their upcoming crossover concept. And rumours say that it will be an EV that is largely based on the Leaf.
We first saw the teaser of this as just a silhouette, and it looked a little bulkier than a LEAF. It was then followed by another teaser where robots carve out the shape of the model from what seems like a white mold.
Alongside the crossover EV would be a concept version of the e-NV200 cargo van that was made to carry refrigerated food.
The biggest question car enthusiasts have for Nissan, however, is whether we would see an updated GT-R Nismo in Tokyo. Regardless, we have already seen spy shots of the car being tested, and it looks as if the updated model has been given larger brakes and new vents in the front fenders.
Again, the Serena E-Power will be available in the Japanese market sometime in the first quarter.