For those who want to cut to the chase about the latest revelations of Nissan's pending front-engine, front-wheel-drive powertrain – i.e. the FF Hybrid – it's got the same power with less fuel.

That's what Green Car Congress says, citing a presentation Nissan executive Owen Thunes, speaking at the recent SAE 2013 Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology Symposium conference in Southern California. Thunes says the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder successor to the 3.5-liter V6 that's now in the Infiniti M hybrid (pictured) will boost fuel economy while providing a similar amount of torque. The Japanese automaker will achieve this through advancements in making the transmission more efficient and by using a smaller lithium-ion battery, making the mill lighter thriftier with gas. The drivetrain will be suitable for a wide range of cars and SUVs, Nissan says.

Last October, Automotive News reported that the FF Hybrid may debut in the Infiniti JX three-row crossover, with a new hybrid model featuring the new powertrain debuting each year.


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      David Murray
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well... I'm a bit skeptical. Their hybrid design seems to be very similar to the Kia Optima setup. Basically one step above Honda's pathetic design and one step below Toyota's design. While I have no doubts it will be cheaper, I dislike the fact that it relies on a traditional transmission.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @David Murray
        nissan hybrid system is base off their original hybrid development from a far back as 1993, their first hybrid was the tino hybrid build in year 2000, but made limited only for japanese market. The tino hybrid was more efficient Honda and Toyota system. It is Ghosn foolish ways that prevent nissan from building more hybrid. http://www.topspeed.com/cars/nissan/2000-2006-nissan-tino-hybrid-ar136295.html
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          Nissan system is more similar to Ford's hybrid system, not Kia , they made a prototype back in 1993, when Ford and nissan had agreements.
      Maddoxx
      • 1 Year Ago
      But will it be the wotld's fastest accelerating hybrid like in the Infiniti?
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Maddoxx
        all I can say it will have 274 Hp from the 2.5 supercharge and motor combined, the non hybrid altima can go 7 seconds with the same CVT with a torque converter,the hybrid system has a wet clutch that eliminate the need for a torque converter and most mechanical loss,given instant torque from the motor and engine combined,so acceleration should be pretty good.
      lne937s
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am pretty excited about the potential performance and economy of this setup In the existing 1.2l DIG-S motor, both performance and fuel economy are improved over the non-supercharged version In the M Hybrid, both performance and fuel economy also improve Based on an Altima (which has the best fuel economy of non-hybrid midsized cars), we could potentially see fuel economy beating most other hybrids and performance beating most of the v6's and turbos.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lne937s
        In the article from green car congress, the engineer was saying the sedans and compacts will use the 2.0 setup and the suvs will use the 2.5 supercharger setup. But based on the supercharger setup, i believe it will behave like the 1.2 dig-s
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The one-motor, two-clutch with CVT forms the core of the system. This can then be combined with various engines and various sizes of battery pack, depending on the vehicle. An SUV might use the system combined with the 2.5L supercharged engine and a smaller pack to not encroach on cabin space; a sedan or compact might use a 2.0L engine and a larger pack to extend electric driving range. The key point, said Thunes, is that the system is scalable to different applications and is designed to suit." what is so unique about this system, is that it can use engines ranging from 2.0 liter to 3.5 liter , if they want to.
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      For those who need the whole story http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/02/nissan-20130220.html