Even as Nissan moves forward with production of the Leaf electric car, the Japanese automaker is still busy developing other green cars as well. The latest of these is the Fuga Hybrid luxury sedan, which goes on sale in November in Japan in a price range of 5,775,000 yen to 6,300,000 yen.
The Fuga Hybrid sports what is called an “intelligent dual clutch control system” that connects the electric motor and the car’s 3.5-liter VQ35HR V6 engine directly to the transmission, without the use of a traditional torque converter. With this system, one of the two clutches can completely disconnect the motor from the engine, allowing for electric vehicle only driving mode. It is said as well this special EV driving mode is expanded for high-speed driving at up to over 100km/h on a level highway.
In terms of understanding how the hybrid system impacts the vehicle’s performance, Nissan has built in a special meter display to the Fuga Hybrid “which shows various information, including operating conditions of the hybrid system (Energy Monitor), battery remaining capacity, Accelerator Guide, ECO-drive Indicator and a liquid-crystal odometer/twin trip meter (with an EV mode travel distance display function).”
Other features of the Fuga Hybrid, which are many, include an electronic 7-speed hybrid transmission with manual shift mode, double-piston shock absorbers, power reclining rear seats, a built-in control switch in the rear center armrest and an electrically operated rear window sunshade.
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