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Nissan to showcase three new products at Auto Expo

  • Jan 22, 2016
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Nissan is ready to reveal three India-bound products that aren't targeted towards the mass market consumers.

GT-R

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The GT-R is every enthusiast's wet dream given its sub-three second dash to the ton, 2.7 seconds, to be precise. The car's engine is hand-assembled in Japan and only four of Nissan's top engineers are allowed to work on it. Collectively, these four top dogs are called Takumi, which means master craftsmen in Japanese. Only one of the four guys works on any particular engine and it bears the signature of the craftsman, who puts all of his effort in delivering nothing short of the best for every GT-R buyer.

The GT-R also holds the world record for fastest production car with seats to accommodate four occupants. The car is designed to offer exhilarating performance with the practicality that's missing in supercars of comparable calibre.

[caption id="attachment_91496" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Handbuilt GT-R engine Handbuilt GT-R engine[/caption]

It's powered by a front-mounted, twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 engine producing 550 PS of power at 6400 RPM and 463 Nm of torque from 3200 to 5800 RPM. The engine transmits power to all four wheels via six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The car's electronics are smart enough to notice a raised nose during take-off and can transfer all 463 Nm of torque to the rear wheels. For faster acceleration, the gearing is short and only the sixth gear offers overdrive.

Pricing of this car is expected to be in the Rs. 1.5 to 2.0 Crore range.

Patrol

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The Patrol will dive right into the luxury SUV category, which are being preferred off-late over sedans due to their go-anywhere abilities and snob value. Nissan's luxury SUV will compete against the BMW's X5 and X6, Mercedes-Benz' GLE and GLS, Audi's Q7, Land Rover's Range Rover and Porsche's Cayenne. Being a direct import, the Patrol could be priced around Rs. 1 Crore due to heavy taxes and duties.

The Patrol is speculated to be powered by a 4759cc petrol engine with an inline six-cylinder setup. The power and torque rating for the engine are 251 PS and 420 Nm, respectively. It'll only come with a five-speed automatic transmission transmitting power to all four wheels. Our team has driven the Patrol before when Nissan brought it for an experimental drive.

X-Trail Hybrid

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We've previously reported about Nissan's intentions of bringing the X-Trail back with a hybrid powertrain. The SUV is most-likely going to be displayed at the upcoming Auto Expo. According to Nissan, the 2.0-litre hybrid engine offers the performance of a 2.5-litre engine without compromising on the fuel economy.

Official figures suggest a diesel-like range of 20.6 km from every litre of petrol, thanks to the hybrid technology. The hybrid variants of X-Trail also offer improved aerodynamics due to minimal under-body turbulence and the low-rolling resistance tyres help in extracting maximum range out of every drop of fuel. The SUV will also come equipped with the Forward Emergency Braking to avoid frontal collisions. The pricing is expected to be in the range of Rs. 20 to Rs. 30 lakhs and it'll compete against the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.
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