Nissan has axed two of its hybrid SUV models.
The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60 models won’t have hybrid variants, disappearing after just one year on the market. Nissan confirmed the news on its website with a splash image saying that the “Pathfinder Hybrid is no longer available” pointing customers to the regular gasoline Pathfinder and the Leaf for those looking for ultra-efficiency. The hybrid models were powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired to a 20-hp electric motor and in front-wheel drive form, returned an EPA-estimated 26-mpg combined, marking just a 3-mpg improvement over the non-hybrid model. All-wheel drive hybrid models also got 26-mpg combined, besting the standard one by 4 mpg.
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There’s a chance that Nissan plans on filling the void, albeit indirectly, with a Rogue hybrid offering, which is currently sold in Europe under the X-Trail nameplate. The company is also working on its next-generation battery technology with its Leaf, claiming that a 250-mile range isn’t out of reach. With improvements to its EVs, Nissan could be waiting on a better hybrid system that would give its SUV models more of an advantage compared to their gasoline counterparts when it comes to fuel economy.
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