Nissan is reportedly developing a new front-wheel hybrid drive system for the next generation Altima Hybrid that may be released as early as next year.
The system will be based on the 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid which utilized a rear-wheel drive hybrid drivetrain. The Altima will use lithium ion batteries, one motor, a two-clutch system with a four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission.
According to a Nissan insider, the front-wheel hybrid drive system was chosen as the most effective way to increase mileage in larger D-segment vehicles and above. As Nissan discontinues the existing Altima Hybrid at the end of the 2011 model year, the company is looking to significantly improve the hybrid system as the competition becomes more fierce in the hybrid segment.
[Source: Automotive News]