With the Nissan X-Trail and Qashqai already using e-Power set-up and the Leaf and Ariya using battery-electric systems, Nissan is working hard headfirst towards its electric future. But will the Navara ute and Patrol off-road SUV follow the same path?
Fortunately, a new-generation Navara is already in the works, which is anticipated to debut around 2024. Although electrification is planned, recent remarks from Nissan senior engineer Dan Connelly rule out a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) setup for the Navara and Nissan Patrol, for that matter may be on the way.
During the global debut of the Nissan X-Trail e-Power, Nissan senior engineer told CarsGuide, he can’t speculate on the future, but as it is, we have no plans for PHEV at present.
The Nissan e-Power e4ORCE system, which employs a tiny engine to generate electricity for the battery to power the wheels, is the last remaining hybrid option for the Navara. According to Nissan, its unique system offers an EV-like driving experience, with immediate response and linear power delivery, without the disadvantage of requiring charging.
Also, Torque vectoring, however, is one advantage the technology may offer for off-roading thanks to its e-Power e-4ORCE all-wheel-drive system.
The Navara or Nissan Patrol would undoubtedly gain from this, and Mr Connelly told CarsGuide that the technique might be used for other vehicles besides the X-Trail.