In today’s automobile market, drivers expect drastically improved fuel efficiency in new vehicles without sacrificing any of the comfort or utility that they are accustomed to. While full-electric vehicles like the Nissan LEAF are a great option for some people, they aren’t a good fit for everyone. This is where hybrid electric vehicles come into play, combining the utility, power, and familiarity of a gasoline engine with the eco-mindedness, efficiency, and low-end torque of an electric motor. As Nissan debuts innovative hybrid technology in the new Pathfinder Hybrid, they show just how much thought they have put into their first hybrid system.
In the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, a number of systems work together to provide drivers with the maximum combination of utility and efficiency. A 2.5-Liter, supercharged four-cylinder engine provides power (250 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque) that is similar to the standard 3.5-Liter V6 but with greater efficiency. Also, a compact 15kW electric motor and a small battery pack are available to supplement the gasoline engine’s power during acceleration. This combination of power sources is connected to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) via the Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch System which can allow either source to power the car individually or together. It also allows the electric motor to act as a form of regenerative braking, recharging the battery pack under deceleration.
Impressively, this system does not interfere with interior space or cargo storage at all. With an impressive EPA estimated 25/28 mpg (city/highway), this option will definitely give customers something to think about. For more information or to check out a new Pathfinder in person, stop by our Nissan dealership in Clinton, NC today or give us a call at (910) 590-2005.