After years of simply buying hybrid tech from Toyota, Nissan is finally launching its own compact hybrid. Meet the 2017 Nissan Versa Note hybrid e-POWER. Using a 1.2 liter gasoline three-cylinder as a generator for its electric battery, the new Versa Note series hybrid is good for 87.4 MPG.
The battery back in the Nissan Versa hybrid e-POWER is reportedly just 1/20th the size of the one found in the latest Nissan Leaf. With the 3 cyl. humming along, however, the smaller battery can store more than enough power to keep the little car moving forward. And, since the battery is so small, it doesn’t intrude into the passenger compartment or compromise rear seat leg room.
There’s no word yet on what kind of acceleration and performance figures we can expect from the new-for-2017 Nissan Versa hybrid. Still, here’s hoping the car has more in common with its sharp-handling and sport Versa Note SR siblings, and less with the base model.
You can watch Nissan’s own promotional video explaining the very Chevy Volt-like e-POWER tech, below. Then, let us know whether you think Nissan’s new hybrid has what it takes to challenge the Volt, Prius, and upcoming Hyundai Ioniq hybrids in the comments section at the bottom of the page.