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.
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.
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.