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There may not be a Nissan Altima Hybrid for the 2012 model year, but that doesn't mean it won't return as part of the sedan's next generation lineup. According to Japan's Nikkan Kogyo business daily, Nissan is reportedly developing a new Altima Hybrid based on the automaker's in-house hybrid technology, currently used in the Infiniti M35h.

Of course, the gasoline/electric system will need to be altered before it slots into the next-generation Altima. Nissan's current hybrid architecture is made up of a 3.5-liter V6 and rear-wheel drive in the M35h, but in the Altima, this system will be adapted for four-cylinder, front-wheel drive use. In talking to Automotive News, a Nissan spokesperson says that the automaker is committed to expanding its hybrid lineup, calling the front-drive/four-cylinder application "the most effective way to increase mileage in larger D-segment vehicles and above."

Currently, the Infiniti M35h is the only hybrid vehicle in Nissan's greater portfolio, and is the first vehicle to use a hybrid system developed solely in-house. The Altima Hybrid, introduced in 2007, was powered by a Toyota-sourced hybrid drive system.


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      lne937s
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you consider that both the Ellure and Etheria showed the same FWD 2.5l Supercharged hybrid drivetrain, this shouldn't take anybody by surprise. http://www.autoblog.com/2010/11/17/nissan-ellure-concept-la-2010/ http://www.autoblog.com/2011/03/02/infiniti-etherea-concept-geneva-2011/
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lne937s
        Honestly, I could see Nissan going for the 2.5l Supercharged hybrid system to replace the V6 in the Altima as the top drivetrain, separating it more from the Maxima. As Nissan makes the motors and batteries for their new hybrid systems in-house, they have more control over costs and more to gain from the sales of new hybrids (unlike the previous hybrid that relied on suppliers).
      adam512
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well hopefully this new hybrid will be able to cruise on electric power at 60mph like the Inifniti M35h :) I just discovered it recently and that is really good because whilst your cruising your not using any fuel at all!
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @adam512
        Porsche and VW do this too, it's called gliding, and this would be extremely useful.
      Rodrigo Alvergue
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everybody keeps saying, ohh Nissan cars are getting old, well hellooo they came out in 2007 , all the other ones are new, wait and see Nissan coming out with a hot new Altima and Sentra !!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well Nissan will need to cut the weight and add an 8 or 9 speed transmission in order to compete with Ford's 48 MPG (city) Fusion Hybrid!
      icharlie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully they sell it in more than 8 states this time too if they actually want to see sales numbers
      smarky1776
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank you for the information. I'm just wondering why you think this is bad news for current owners. I've been looking at the Altima hybrids and am considering one right now because the incentives are good. But, I'm just a bit concerned about them dropping the model. I certainly don't want to get stuck.