Nissan spices up e-Power hybrid system for sporty Note Aura Nismo hatchback

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Nissan on Tuesday unveiled a performance-tuned hybrid hatchback for the Japanese market. While it won\’t be coming to the United States, the Nissan Aura Note Nismo shows the tuning potential of the automaker\’s e-Power series hybrid system, which is expected to appear in future U.S.-market Nissan models.

Short for \”Nissan Motorsports,\” Nismo is the automaker\’s performance sub-brand, tasked with creating sportier versions of the Nissan\’s existing models. In the case of the Note Aura, the Nismo treatment includes model-specific suspension tuning and a sportier Nismo drive mode, to go with the standard Normal and Eco modes.

The Aura Note Nismo also gets 17-inch wheels and a body kit that provides genuine aerodynamic benefits, Nissan claims.

However, Nissan didn\’t mention an increase in power. The standard Note Aura is rated at 134 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque—not exactly performance-car stuff.

Nissan Aura Note Nismo

Still, there are some notable engineering achievements behind e-Power which, unlike the parallel hybrid systems used by most automakers, uses the internal-combustion engine purely as a generator. Nissan has boasted of 50% thermal efficiency for an engine designed for e-Power—because of its ability to run the engine at a fixed rpm and load.

Nismo-style tuning could signal the segue to the U.S. market, as Nissan\’s said that e-Power will arrive here tuned for performance.

Nissan has meanwhile gone all-hybrid for its home market of Japan (outside of EVs). It\’s also shifting its future vehicles to a shared platform with sibling brands Infiniti, Mitsubishi, and Renault.

Recently, Infiniti announced that it had canceled plans to focus its future lineup around its own branded version of e-Power. With that, we\’re not sure where it leaves Nissan\’s e-Power plans.

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