Nissan Serena minivan gets new E-Power variant at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on October 26, 2017

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.

Press Release

Nissan to unveil new Serena e-POWER at Tokyo Motor Show

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. will unveil the Nissan Serena e-POWER, a new version of the popular minivan featuring the company’s e-POWER electric drive system, at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

The Serena e-POWER will be Nissan’s second model to feature the technology. It’s another step forward in the company’s drive to introduce more electrified vehicles under Nissan Intelligent Power, one of the aspects of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s approach for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.

e-POWER was first introduced in November 2016, when the Nissan Note e-POWER was launched in Japan. The electric drive system borrows from the technology in the Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. However, e-POWER also includes a small gasoline engine that charges the battery, eliminating the need for an external charger.

The Serena is already known for its spacious interior and smooth ride. With e-POWER, it will also offer the powerful, responsive acceleration of an electric-drive vehicle, along with above-its-class quietness and excellent fuel efficiency.

The latest iteration of ProPILOT, Nissan’s single-lane autonomous driving technology for highway use, will also be available in the Serena e-POWER.

The Serena e-POWER features a blue-accented badge on the grille, as well as custom LED tail lights and aerodynamically designed aluminum wheels. These and other visual cues convey the Serena e-POWER’s exciting performance and advanced feel. Inside the vehicle, second-row passengers will be able to enjoy captain seats, also with blue accents, for greater comfort and convenience.

The Serena e-POWER is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in the spring of 2018.

Source: Nissan

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