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 according to a new report from bestcarweb.jp, which forecasts several details about the renewed Toyota Vellfire rival.
The third-gen Nissan Elgrand (codename: Nissan E52) has turned ten 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.
It was rumoured that the development of the next-gen Nissan Elgrand had been halted. However, the new report says that work is underway and the debut could take place as early as in 2022.
The 2022 Nissan Elgrand should feature a familiar silhouette but a more futuristic front-end, with cues borrowed from the Nissan Ariya electric SUV. The current model doesn’t offer comfortable third-row seating, and its third-row and luggage compartment are narrow. The all-new model’s design is expected to have addressed these issues.
The 2022 Nissan Elgrand will likely debut a new e-POWER system that uses a much bigger, 2.0-litre engine. The current e-POWER system uses a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine. The 2.0-litre engine in question is the VC-Turbo unit that has already been applied to the Nissan Altima and the Infiniti QX50. It’s a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol mill.
On November 4, 2019, Infiniti announced a petrol-generated EV system in which a VC-Turbo engine generates electrical power to drive all the wheels via a pair of electric motors. It confirmed that this would be an electric powertrain will be similar to Nissan’s e-Power system and have an all-wheel-drive setup. VC-Turbo is the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine.
The aforementioned new series-hybrid system could pave the way for bigger Nissan e-Power models. The 2022 Nissan Elgrand will probably be one of its first recipients. The notable advancements in the future MPV may include the company’s new ProPilot autonomous driving technologies as well.
Nissan announced in May that it plans to sell more than 1 million EVs and electric-motor-driven vehicles, including e-POWER models, by March 2023. It also revealed that four more e-POWER models are on their way to Japan, and one of them is on sale now – the Nissan Kicks e-POWER.