Defunct Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid’s Powertrain Reappears in the Murano

2015 Nissan Murano (4 of 13)

When the Pathfinder Hybrid quietly ended production early final year, it didn’t spell the end of Nissan’s electrified crossover plans in the U.S. The powertrain has now been resurrected in one more model, but there’ll be slim pickings for U.S. purchasers, according to AutoGuide (by way of Hybrid Cars).

The Nissan Murano Hybrid bows as a 2016 model, and its specifications can far more or less be straight imported from a 2014 Pathfinder brochure. Even so, the new model’s fuel economy is higher than its spiritual predecessor.

Only 600 units of the Murano will make it to U.S. shores, and when they do, expect a price tag bump of $ three,000 over a standard model’s SL and Platinum trim lines. Under the hood, a supercharged version of the automaker’s sturdy two.5-liter 4-cylinder operates in combination with an electric motor and continuously variable transmission, boosting mileage by four to five miles per gallon. Combined output is 250 horsepower.

The EPA lists mileage for front-wheel-drive models at 28 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined. All-wheel-drive models are rated 26 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined.

Identifiable only my minimal badging, the stealthy Murano Hybrid packs on 170 pounds (in AWD guise) thanks to the added hardware.

Nissan clearly realizes that hybrids are a difficult sell in today’s marketplace, simply because the limited numbers getting shipped to the U.S. appears to be primarily based on a realistic sales projections.

[Image: © 2015 Mark Stevenson/The Truth About Cars]

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