The next-generation Nissan Altima mid-size sedan will be the first Nissan vehicle equipped with the automaker's first-ever, in-house developed, front-wheel-drive hybrid system. The hybrid setup, due in 2013, will be replace the Toyota-based system, which Nissan used in the now-axed Altima Hybrid, according to Masayuki Yasuoka, a senior exec in Nissan's next-generation powertrain group.

Nissan's upcoming gas-electric setup will be loosely based on the hybrid system found in the rear-wheel-drive 2012 Infiniti M35h, meaning it will feature a two-clutch, single-motor, lithium-ion battery setup. But instead of the 3.5-liter V6 engine that powers the M35h, the Altima Hybrid will likely pack a surpercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder powerplant, mated to a new, advanced Xtronic continously variable transmission.

All this intel was reportedly revealed during a recent test drive at Nissan's Oppama proving grounds in Japan. Yasuoka declined to comment on which Nissan model would get the in-house developed hybrid system, but the Altima seems the most likely candidate.


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      zizixx89
      • 3 Years Ago
      this hybrid altima is gonna have 273hp the 2013 altima / nissan ellure and the v6 should have like 290 while the maxima is still FWD with 310 hp
      barkeep
      • 3 Years Ago
      The CVT in the Altima weren't primarily designed for performance in mind, but for gas mileage and comfort. At the same time, if you DO want performance out of the car, then you either need the patience to learn how to PROPERLY drive with a CVT, or just settle with a manual. Or as an alternative, spend the extra money and buy yourself an Infiniti G.
      mylz
      • 3 Years Ago
      its bland looking, sounds expensive. although im digging the supercharger vs a stupid pos turbo! turbos are meant for ricers.
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mylz
        The car in the picture looks kind of outdated and bland because it is the previous generation (not even the current one). The next generation car is to be based on the Ellure concept: http://www.conceptcarz.com/z19197/Nissan-Ellure-Concept.aspx
          Greg
          • 3 Years Ago
          @lne937s
          The Altima in the picture is the current 2012 Nissan Altima. The upcoming all new Nissan Altima hasn't been revealed yet. That is why they are still using the current 2010-2012 Altima pictures.
      kontroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      these japanese car manufacturers don't spend any money anymore on actual car design. We're looking at outdated designs and AB etal are so stupid that they even call this crap"next gen" This is ridiculous.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the Altima will end up with a more modern exterior, probably receive a competitive dash and then be let down by the continuous use of a CVT. Next!
      jamiescale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugh...Nissan, toss the CVT's already! I love them on snowmobiles but cannot stand them in cars. Go out and test drive a Maxima to see what I mean....utterly ruins that car and last I checked its the only tranny option..
      Kyle James Dahms
      • 3 Years Ago
      The thing that I don't like about this car is the CVT transmission. I actually find that most cars equipped with the CVT are lacking in power and fun. Car and Driver and a number of other car news sources hate this transmission. Typical statement made by a reviewer: I mash the pedal and the car revs to 4800rpm with little to no forward acceleration. Really? Is that the best that they can do. I know that I'm being very critical here but my my grandmothers Versa feels sluggish. Overtaking on the highway is not an easy task. Steps: 1. Mash the pedal 2. The engine whirrs to high rpms 3. Wait a few moments for some speed. 4.Nothing is happening, be patient it will arrive. 5. Enough speed to overtake! 6. You make your move... 7. The car you are overtaking realizes that you are trying to pass it. 8. The other car easily accelerates with its non-cvt transmission. 9. You panic and therefore give up on your overtaking. 10. You sniffle and regret not having bought a Standard transmission or a suitable automatic. I love all the other transmissions offered by Nissan :)
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kyle James Dahms
        I think that a lot of the complaints about CVT's aren't really the CVT, but rather the torque converter engagement and programming. The next generation CVT's have a sub-planetary gearbox that allows for both faster downshifts and a wider ratio range than a 7 speed automatic. On this hybrid, they have eliminated the torque converter and replaced it with an electric motor and clutches- which should improve accelleration from a dead stop. Although some people complain about them, many people like them when they get used to them. Nissan has been posting some pretty significant sales growth with its CVT models. Not as responsive as a manual, but manual transmissions make up just a sliver of US sales.
        Scr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kyle James Dahms
        I hat CVTs as well. They are designed to eek out a few more MPGs by efficeincy in gearing and less weight when compared to a regular automatic. Trouble is, you have to drive them properly. And almost nobody does. If you mash the pedal, you are sigaling MORE POWER...NOW!!! So the rubber bands are kept at a low ratio. The trick to getting efficiency is to remember that the position of the throttle pedal has little to do with how fast you will take off...the reverse of a normal car. You wind your engine up to less than 3k and let the tranny catch up to the engine. CVTs are much less efficient in city driving with the stopping and starting because the engine is kept operating at high rpms by drivers who don't understand how to drive them. They are more effective on the highway where changes in RPM are kept to a minimum. That said, you do have to build up speed slowly to pass on the highway, you can just zoom around somebody. That can be dangerous on the wrong road.
          Robdaemon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Scr
          You're driving the wrong cars then. I agree with some of your points - it really does require learning to drive a little differently, but trust me - a Maxima can pass most anything with relative ease. The pedal even has a step-down in it - when you push past that, you're just making noise instead of power. The same goes with any car. You can floor it through every gear, but you do stop making power once you get past the peak, even if there are 2,000 more RPMs before redline.
      rmkensington
      • 3 Years Ago
      So plain and boring looking.
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      When the last gen Altima came out, I thought 'What a modern looking car.' Now it looks dated.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds expensive.
      PJA48142
      • 3 Years Ago
      I travel for work weekly, and it requires a rental car. I've had what Avis considers an intermediate car, and I consider a compact (Corolla, Optima, Forte, Focus, Sentra) on a weekly basis. The Sentra and it's d@mn CVT gets the worst mileage by far driving the same roads. My Avis profile now reads "no Nissans" because of those transmissions. If they were so good, why are they not in Infinitis?
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