Nissan to Revive Altima Hybrid For 2014

Last summer, Nissan announced that the hybrid version of its popular Altima sedan would be discontinued. Created to help the carmaker meet emissions requirements in select U.S. states, the Altima licensed Toyota’s hybrid drivetrain and battery technologies but was never pushed to compete with the leading hybrid models. The Altima hybrid was only ever available in nine states, and sales for last year topped out at just 612 in the U.S.―a number about 40 percent higher than 2009′s total.

At the time, rumors circulated that the Altima hybrid would be revived in a few years with a Nissan-designed powertrain and battery configuration capable of bringing down production and licensing costs for the car.

This week, Nissan confirmed those rumors, announcing at a press briefing in Tokyo that it would be bringing the Altima hybrid back for 2014 with an all-new gas engine, electric motor, and continuously variable transmission (CVT.) Appropriately, the standard Altima will be getting a redesign and a new engine in the 2013 model year, with its new CVT bringing about a 10-percent more efficient performance on its own.

The 2014 hybrid will pair a new, more efficient 2.5-liter supercharged four-cylinder engine with a single-motor electric configuration. In the original Altima hybrid, Nissan utilized Toyota’s dual-motor Hybrid Synergy Drive, paired with a 2.5-liter gas engine to produce a total of up to 198 horsepower. This time around, the combined gas-electric output of the Altima hybrid is expected to reach about 270 horsepower.

Though no word as yet been given on price or fuel economy, expect the car to be more cost-competitive than its predecessor, and achieve a combined efficiency in the 40-mpg-plus ballpark.


  • hybridhybrid

    not a bad idea of introducing a supercharged 4 cylinder coupled with a hybrid system but 2014? sounds a bit late…

  • Collin Burnell

    Actually, if they mean 2014 model year, which could come out in late ’13 (that sounds strange), then we are talking less than (2) years.

    My ’07 Altima Hybrid is running great and under warranty untill ’15. Maybe I’ll just wait.

  • MrEnergyCzar

    No Plug, No Sale….

  • Hit2

    Still like conventional nickel-cad hybrids like the Prius and Fusion. Somehow despite the additional complex hybrid system, they’re among the most reliable of vehicles. Even without the recent Volt fires, which by the way are overplayed by the media, we still don’t know how reliable plug-ins will be in the long term. However, we know that conventional hybrids are pretty dependable–the Fusion is the most reliable mid-size according to Consumer Reports, and the Prius is the most dependable according to JD Power. Can’t say the same about Leaf or Volt–and they’re ridiculously expensive to boot.

  • Anonymous

    Still like conventional nickel-cad hybrids like the Prius and Fusion. Somehow despite the additional complex hybrid system, they’re among the most reliable of vehicles. Even without the recent Volt fires, which by the way are overplayed by the media, we still don’t know how reliable plug-ins will be in the long term. However, we know that conventional hybrids are pretty dependable–the Fusion is the most reliable mid-size according to Consumer Reports, and the Prius is the most dependable according to JD Power. Can’t say the same about Leaf or Volt–and they’re ridiculously expensive to boot.

  • Steve Josh

    Good choice for Nissan I guess, as the Hybrid vehicles will be the most look after in the market for the next couple of years. I know its late (2014?…come on) but it is always better late than never ;). Hybrid will be the middle bridge between those seek for power and green in their car. That 270 horsepower will be enough for speed freak out there, as we know not many hybrid cars could get that horsepower. Too bad we haven’t know the pricing and fuel economy yet as we can’t make a comparison with other hybrids. I suppose we had to wait for the 2012 car reviews to know more about this car.

  • Anonymous

    The new altima hybrid will most likely be out feb-march of 2013.

    My guess is 44-50 MPG with the ratio gain compared with the M35h

    Nissan likes common engine cvt setups, making the hybrid system so powerful allows Nissan to use it in the following
    Quest
    Maxima
    Murano
    Pathfinder
    and infiniti JX
    saving alot of R&D cost for introduction atleast

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  • Jorge Ramonez

    I am simply loving the way the new altima drivers! Go nissan, best cars on the planet!

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