(autoinsidernews) Nissan unveiled its first hybrid today with the with the world premiere of the 2007 Altima Hybrid at the Orange County Auto Show. Based on the all-new 2007 Altima, which rides on Nissan's new D-platform.
The Altima Hybrid powertrain mates a version of Nissan's QR25 2.5L four-cylinder engine and standard electronically controlled CVT with an advanced electric drive motor/generator, which develops a combined 198-hp. As a full hybrid, the
Altima Hybrid shares duties between the gas engine and the emissions-free electric motor, which means it can run solely on electric power if appropriate, especially during stop-and-go driving, reports Trend.
EPA fuel economy is estimated at 41 mpg City and 36 mpg Highway. Combined with Altima's standard 20-gallon fuel tank, the Altima Hybrid has a projected driving range of up to 700 miles between fill-ups. With its lower tailpipe emissions, the Altima Hybrid is rated as an Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) with virtually no evaporative emissions.
The Nissan Alitma Hybrid will only be sold in states that have adopted California emissions regulations: California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.