Nissan unveils XTRONIC CVT transmission and a new Hybrid System for front-wheel drive vehicles image

Nissan Motor Company Ltd today unveiled its new generation XTRONIC CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) for 2.0 to 3.5-liter engine vehicles and a new Hybrid System for front-wheel drive vehicles.

According to the company, the XTRONIC CVT transmission will improve fuel efficiency by 10 percent compared to the actual CVT transmission, while the friction will be reduced by 40 percent. If the CVT will be combined with Adaptive Shift Control (which adapts shifting patterns to match each driver’s style and the road) the system will keep the engine from revving too fast at high speeds and minimize noise.

Based on these preferences, ASC selects a gear ratio optimal to the specific conditions and the driver’s intention. ASC’s linear shift control function gives the driver a more direct sense of acceleration by coordinating engine speed (RPM) with vehicle speed as the car accelerates.

On the same time, Nissan has announced a new Hybrid System for front-wheel drive vehicles. It includes one electric motor and two clutches into the new generation XTRONIC CVT and combines this with a compact lithium-ion battery and a 2.5-liter supercharged engine.

The result is very compact and does not require any special body design. Nissan said the total power of the system is equivalent to a 3.5-liter engine but with much better city and highway fuel economy.

XTRONIC CVT will be introduced in North America from 2012, while the new Hybrid System will hit the American market in 2013.