For the next generation Z-car, Nissan is now planning an essential shake up, which could even incorporate the diesel engines and a 4-cylinder hybrid powertrain. This has been sourced as part of the recent tie up of the brand with Daimler. As the part of the deal, Renault and Nissan are likely to supply 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder petrol engines and also the electric technology to Daimler.
By supplying 3 and 4-cylinder petrol engines, the companies will receive 4, 6, and 8-cylinder powerplants. To keep the car in competition, as per the tightening emissions regs, CEO Carlos Ghosn is now waiting eagerly to install few of the units that will overlook the next Zed. In fact, the Green alternatives will also help the car to draw attentions of as much buyers as possible in the flagging domestic sports car market in Japan. At present, Nissan is considering three new engines for its model Zed. In the line, the first engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid set up which is used in the Mercedes S400 models. In general, Nissan has its own option as well. It will be the equal-sized motor that is set from the forthcoming Infiniti M hybrid.
Apart from the first engine option, Nissan will have even more tempting engine, that are of Mercedes diesel options. This engine will have V6 from E350 CDI and also a 4-cylinder petrol hybrid that has been brought from the upcoming E300 Bluetec. The E300 will be a blend of 2.2-liter, 4-pot turbodiesel and 15kW electric motor that develops 221 bhp and over 420 lb-ft of torque. In the E-class models, the car can make 56mpg by emitting just 109g/km of CO2.
Besides this, the other long term option for this car will be the Diesotto engine of Mercedes that merges diesel and petrol tech and then offers a power that can beat or compete with an S-class from just 1.8-liters. Just to maintain the sales of the sports cars in the recent years by the Japanese rivals of Nissan – Toyota and Honda, Nissan is getting into tough competition. Still, as FT-86 of Toyota, small petrol coupe has now finally pushed back till the early 2012. On the line, Honda is enjoying its strong or powerful sales with its CR-Z hybrid.