Nissan Philippines welcomes the return of the annual Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) with triple offerings for its customers and loyal fans.
Chief among these is the introduction of its famed e-Power hybrid technology that has sold over half a million models worldwide as of April 2021. Although the automaker has yet to confirm the specific vehicle to carry this feature, the unit that was chosen to showcase it resembles the Kicks subcompact crossover, one of four Nissan global models that use this powertrain.
An example of a series hybrid setup, Nissan’s e-Power makes use of a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor. The sole purpose of the engine is to serve as an onboard generator to charge the battery for the motor that is mechanically linked to the drive wheels.
With no connection to the wheels, the engine is free to run at its most efficient speed, resulting in reduced fuel consumption and emissions. Nissan e-Power also comes with the e-Pedal feature that allows drivers to accelerate and brake using only a single pedal, improving ease of use.
Nissan also presented its LEAF electric vehicle (EV) and its vehicle-to-everything (V2X) capability. This means that not only is the LEAF capable of being recharged through a household outlet, but it can also give this energy back by serving as an emergency generator for appliances or devices in case of a power outage.
This was highlighted in Cebu, when a LEAF unit was used as a mobile charging station for affected communities in the wake of Typhoon Odette. The Nissan LEAF’s V2X capability is part of the automaker’s Blue Switch initiative, which aims to help address social concerns through EVs, in partnership with government agencies and the private sector.
Another showcase for Nissan is the latest variant of its Navara midsize pickup, the limited edition Calibre-X. This trim has been especially for urban cruises, featuring an exterior design that exchanges the chrome bits for blacked-out portions complemented by orange contrast accents, making for a subdued yet sporty appearance.
Nissan Navara Calibre-X
Zero-gravity seats enhance comfort in the cabin for front occupants, while the 8-inch touchscreen head unit offers connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity. Safety equipment include Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility (NIM) suite of features such as Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and 360-degree Around View Monitor.
The Navara Calibre-X runs on a 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine rated at 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. Sending power to the rear wheels is a 7-speed automatic transmission. This limited edition Navara variant carries a sticker price of Php 1.526 million, coming in Fiery Red, Galaxy Black, and Aspen Pearl White which carries an additional Php 15,000 premium.
Customers can even take Nissan models out on a test drive, especially with the fifth leg of the NIM Tour, giving them the opportunity to experience the brand’s driving and safety innovations firsthand. Find out more about the latest offerings from Nissan Philippines at the 2022 MIAS, running from April 7 to 10, 2022.
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Know more about Nissan LEAF 2023
The Nissan LEAF 2022 Philippines is a 5-door hatchback fitted with an all-electric powertrain. It is offered in the Philippines with one variant only which is priced at Php 2,798,000. Powering this electric vehicle (EV) is a synchronous electric motor capable of generating 148 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque. A 40-kWh lithium-ion battery is used, which aids the model's 311 km range. Only a single-speed gear reduction system is utilized to exclusively send power to the front wheels.
Dimensions-wise, the LEAF has a length of 4,490 mm, a width of 1,788 mm, and a height of 1,540, with ground clearance and wheelbase rated at 155 mm and 2,700 mm, respectively. This is the first and only commercially-available EV in the country. But in the all-electric options, the alternatives of Filipino car buyers include the Porsche Taycan, Hyundai Ioniq EV, and BYD E6.
Joseph Paolo Estabillo