European buyers are unlikely to ever see a model inspired by Nissan's impressive Ellure concept

It’s unlikely European buyers will ever see a model produced under the influence of Nissan’s impressive take on the three-box saloon, the Ellure concept.

Nissan is traditionally strong in the US, Japanese and growing Chinese markets with its saloons such as the Sentra and Altima. However, this segment is coming under pressure as buyers move towards coupés and crossovers.

See the official pics of the Nissan Ellure concept

Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s design chief, says the Ellure’s ‘shock wave’ exterior theme will not translate directly into a new model but shows a new design language for the near future.

European Nissan buyers might, though, see the new hybrid drivetrain that made its debut under the Ellure, which was revealed at the recent LA motor show. It uses a supercharged 2.5-litre engine and a CVT gearbox.

Read the full story on the Nissan Ellure concept

This is hooked up to a 25kW electric motor via a dual-clutch set-up, which improves efficiency by disconnecting the engine from the drivetrain when the car is running on the lithium ion battery pack.

Hilton Holloway

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29 November 2010

It will be a pity that Nissan are not bringing this car to the UK as it looks quite fetching. But I suppose it would not fit in with their packing of the range with crossovers and SUV's

29 November 2010

This is a lot more interesting than most saloons on sale today.Nissan should build it without a doubt

30 November 2010

It is a pity indeed as this looks very nice it could even have been sold as an entry level Infiniti 35 40 grand maybe sports saloon such a pity or would have been great as the new Primera such a pity a well .

30 November 2010

[quote FastRenaultFan] it could even have been sold as an entry level Infiniti [/quote]

Good point.

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