This month, Nissan announced the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid in Japan. The hybrid model’s powertrain comprises a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 147 hp and 207 Nm (153 lb.-ft.) of torque, and a single dual-clutch electric motor that produces 41 hp and 160 Nm of torque. In the JC08 driving cycle, the eco-friendly model (with FWD configuration) gives a fuel economy of 20.6 km/l (48.45 mpg).
The X-Trail is sold as Rogue in the U.S. According to a new report from Automotive News, the Nissan Rogue range in the U.S. could also see addition of the hybrid model. While the Hybrid model is expected to account for up to 40% of X-Trail sales in Japan as per the report, the U.S. market could also see a significant sales boost of the Rogue with addition of a hybrid model. The hybrid model sales are expected to grow remarkably by the end of the decade with emissions norms getting more stringent and Nissan would be at a better place if it remained ready with a range of electrified vehicles that are affordable for the masses by then.
Another reason which firms up the possibility of a hybrid model for the Rogue is that its rival Toyota RAV4 will also be available with a hybrid powertrain, and go on sale early next year, and hence the hybrid model would most likely be offered as a part of defensive strategy, if not offensive. The hybrid model can be expected in 2016.
[Source: Automotive News]