Defunct Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid’s Powertrain Reappears in the Murano

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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.

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Corvette ‘E-Ray’ Trademark Has a Powertrain Patent As well

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The fine, fine people over at Vehicle &amp Driver spotted a trademark filing created by Basic Motors for “Corvette E-Ray,” which possibly means they’re going to ruin the Corvette quickly.

The trademark filing was made on Dec. 16, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, about three weeks after General Motors applied for a patent for a “Hybrid Powertrain and Modular Rear Drive Unit.”

Wait, what … so you’re saying hybrid, mid-engine brown manual Corvette could be actual? Kill my mind.

The patent filing from Nov. 26, 2015 details a hybrid powertrain that would relate to a related “Hybrid Powertrain and Modular Rear Drive Unit For Same” that GM has had for a even though.

(The new patent application doesn’t directly specify “mid-engined Corvette,” but we all know that is what they’re talking about.)

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Like Car &amp Driver pointed out, any addition of “E” energy to the present C7 ‘Ray would be unlikely — there’s small to achieve other than endless entertainment watching World wide web forums melt.

But there is value in possibly hybridizing future Corvette models, which is now the probably future for Nissan’s GT-R, Porsche’s cars, and the like. However, quick of the 911, most of these automobiles aren’t so intimately married to a distinct powertrain: i.e. tiny block, pushrod V8s.

H/T to Bozi for powerful patent game. 

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