Nissan is looking to broaden its product range with a new hybrid prototype, named the Hi-Cross. The study was unveiled in Geneva, with future production versions meant to reach dealerships under the Juke, Qashqai, and Murano names.
Modify, Modify, Modify
The Hi-Cross based off a highly modified C-Platform (think the X-Trail). The study is 183” long, 73” wide, and 66” tall, but seats seven despite its comparatively compact outside measurements (hey, it’s an SUV – how small do you think it can get?).
The hybrid drive combines a two-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor. Nissan isn’t publishing any technical details, but they do claim that the performance will be comparable to a 2.5 liter engine while using significantly less fuel.
And CVT FTW
The newest generation of Nissan’s CVT transmission, which doesn’t have steps the way traditional gears do. Since it has an infinite number of effective gear ratios allowing the engine to continuously run at the most efficient RPM over pretty much all vehicle speeds, the CVT transmission should serve Nissan well in terms of fuel conservation.
Also assisting the Hi-Cross study – and its descendants – in fuel conservation are the battery packs, taken directly from the Leaf. The Hi-Cross study is able to run over significant distances under battery power alone. Regenerative braking helps extend the battery life as well, improving fuel efficiency further.
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Source: Autobild | Image: Nissan.