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(CHK) In order to increase competitiveness with Toyota Vios and Honda City, Nissan’s B-class sedan will be added by the manufacturer with an extremely new version.
According to information from Thailand’s Autofun, two new hybrid models, the Nissan Serena hybrid and the Nissan Almera e-Power, will soon be launched in the Thai market. The Japanese automaker’s decision to add these two hybrid models is because of the success that Nissan Kicks e-Power has had in Southeast Asia. This newly revealed information certainly makes Toyota Vios and Honda City worry.
Compared to Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology or Honda’s e:HEV, Nissan’s e-Power hybrid drive technology is quite different when it does not use the engine and electric motor in parallel. Instead, the internal combustion engine of the e-Power system will act as a generator to help recharge the battery, thereby transferring energy to the electric motor to perform the task of rotating the wheel.
On the new Nissan Almera e-Power, the hybrid powertrain can be borrowed from Nissan Kicks. This means that rival models of Toyota Vios and Honda City will use a 1.2L naturally aspirated engine combined with a 2.06 kWh battery and an electric motor with a capacity of 135 horsepower and torque. 280 Nm max. The new Nissan Almera e-Power version is expected to receive both exterior and interior updates. However, the change will probably not be too big and mainly revolve around the icons inside / outside the car and the radiator.
Among the B-class sedans being distributed in Southeast Asia, the Nissan Almera is a remarkable model next to Toyota Vios, Honda City and Hyundai Accent. This model continuously reached the top 5 sales in the B-segment segment in the Thai market.
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