Nissan Altima Hybrid unveiled at Orange County Auto Show
(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.