This is the first of its kind.
As the rest of the world is going ahead with traditional hybrids and battery electric vehicles, Nissan has been doing things a little differently with a system it calls e-Power. This is basically a typical EV but one that uses an onboard gasoline engine to charge the batteries when necessary. It's quite a clever system that we'd like to see appear on other models like the Nissan Rogue, but for now, we can't have it. Instead, the technology has now been granted to a Chinese-market model called the Sylphy, which is just another name for the car we know as the Nissan Sentra.
Promising "responsive acceleration, smooth deceleration, and cabin quietness similar to an EV", Nissan says that the new model represents "the determination of Nissan to introduce cutting-edge technologies in this core market, to accelerate the company's vision for electrified mobility and the achievement of China's carbon neutrality goals." That's according to Dongfeng Nissan managing director Takeshi Yamaguchi, who continues by saying that the e-Power system is "designed to bring a whole new driving experience to customers in China."
The new model promises a tremendous 60 mpg and 221 lb-ft of torque - more than adequate for a family car of this size.
With various drive modes that allow you to maximize either performance or efficiency, the car should be relatively fun to drive too. This new offering will set the groundwork for future Nissan e-Power models in China, as the automaker aims to launch six such vehicles in the country by 2025 as part of its Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision. More models will eventually follow as Nissan aims for every all-new Nissan vehicle in key markets to become electrified by the early 2030s. There's still no word on when we can expect some form of e-Power tech to make its way to the US, but we're hopeful that we'll get to experience it soon enough.