Next-gen Nissan Elgrand could be an e-Power model – Report

The next-gen Nissan Elgrand could be one of several new Nissan e-Power models coming out in the near- to mid-term future. That’s what bestcarweb.jp reported on 1 August 2020, in addition to forecasting several details about the renewed Toyota Vellfire rival.

The third-gen Nissan Elgrand (codename: Nissan E52) has turned eleven years old and is the oldest of the Japanese executive minivan trinity. The fifth-gen Honda Odyssey dates back to September 2013, while the third-gen Toyota Alphard/second-gen Toyota Vellfire twins came out in January 2015.

Next-gen Nissan Elgrand to debut in 2023

There were rumours that Nissan has halted the development of the next-gen Elgrand. However, the report mentioned above said that work is underway. On 6 July 2021, bestcarweb.jp reported that the next-gen Elgrand will debut in 2023. It didn’t reveal the reason for Nissan postponing the release by a year, as previously reported.

Design & Technology

The 2023 Nissan Elgrand should feature a familiar silhouette and a futuristic front-end, with cues borrowed from the Nissan Ariya electric SUV. The current model doesn’t offer very comfortable third-row seating, and its third-row and luggage compartments are narrow. The all-new model’s design is expected to have addressed these issues.

The 2023 Nissan Elgrand may come with the top-end second-gen e-Power system that uses the MR15 1.5-litre turbocharged gasoline engine. In the upcoming Nissan Qashqai e-Power, the second-gen e-Power system develops 140 kW (190 PS) and 330 Nm of torque. Reports say that the same powertrain will go into the Nissan X-Trail e-Power arriving in Japan this fall. Unlike the Qashqai e-Power, Nissan may offer an AWD drivetrain option in the 2023 Elgrand e-Power with a second electric motor.

The notable advancements in the future MPV may include the company’s new ProPilot autonomous driving technologies.

Nissan launched the first e-Power model – the Note e-Power – in Japan in November 2016. As of March 2021, the company has sold more than 500,000 e-Power vehicles in Japan. It plans to sell more than 1 million EVs and electric-motor-driven vehicles, including e-Power models, by March 2023.

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