THE Nissan took advantage of the launch of The new Nissan Frontier 2023 make an important announcement. The Japanese company will invest 250 million US dollars (about 1.2 billion dollars in direct exchange) in the Resende (RJ) plant. In addition to modernizing, the goal is to bring new products. According to the brand’s head of global operations, Ashwani Gupta, the investment will be phased in between 2022 and 2025, and is aimed at producing more efficient vehicles. “We will produce clean cars with the aim of preserving the environment”, said the executive, who emphasized the need for electricity for the brand’s products. On the other hand, Gupta did not highlight a specific example.
Hitting E-Power on the go?
However, rumors suggest that Nissan will eventually bring the hybrid Kick to the Brazilian market. With the e-Power system, the compact SUV will be able to compete with models such as new generation Honda HR-Vwhich starts this year – and will have a hybrid version in the near future. Currently, there is a hybrid flex racing in Brazil.
It is already sold in Asian markets It beats e-Power it has a petrol engine that works as a generator for a 1.57 kWh battery pack. This package, in turn, provides power to the electric motor, which is responsible for pulling the wheels. In Thailand, it has a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine and a lithium-ion battery pack. In this way, it produces 129 hp and 26.5 mkgf of torque.
During Nissan’s executive announcement, the middle photo of the Frontier and Ariya electric SUV. However, the body of the coupe model was more visible to show the new technologies of the brand. Currently, there is no confirmation of a launch in Brazil. But it’s clear that Nissan has its eye on this segment. After all, other products are coming. In that sense, Ariya will be the opponent of Volkswagen ID.4which will start here soon.
But I noticed that, for now, it is a “show car”, after all, the Ariya unit had the steering wheel on the right. That is, it came straight from Japan – where it will hit the streets in May. However, as the president of Nissan Mercosur and the general director of the brand in Brazil, Airton Cousseau, said in the middle of last year, the sale of an electric SUV in the country “is possible, because electric cars do not require major market adjustments. “.
How about a Nissan Ariya?
For those who don’t remember, the Ariya is Nissan’s first 100% electric SUV. Its world premiere took place in 2020. In addition to looking bold, with bicolor color and Full LED lights and lights, the model stands out for its beautiful wheels, which can be 19 “or 20”. Developed on the CMF-EV platform, from Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, promises great technology. It has two 12.3-inch screens on the dashboard and features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, for example.
At the press conference, the unit was closed, but you can see that it follows the last small line electric cars from the market. In terms of mechanics, the electric SUV has a power of 215 hp and a good torque of 30.5 mkgf in the most basic version. The front-wheel drive and battery (65 kWh) ensure a range of more than 300 km. The top version, on the other hand, has an electric motor on each axle and produces 395 hp, along with 61.2 mkgf of torque. With a 90 kWh battery and all-wheel drive, it reaches 480 km.
Two changes in Resende?
The Resende factory started working again in two shifts. With this, the production of Kicks – the only model in production in the country – will grow by 60%. Thus, 270 units per day will roll off the lines of the Rio de Janeiro factory. For this, Nissan has hired 578 workers since October. “The second round in Resende started last week, and that, we hope to restore the leadership of the segment. Our investment will bring a lot of news”, said Guy Rodríguez, president and director of Nissan South America.
?and also in Cordoba
The Argentine plant in Córdoba, where Frontier leaves, will also have a second circuit. With the same focus on increasing production, the unit currently has the capacity to produce 15 cargo trucks per hour. In total, 75,000 units can be made per year. Through the investment, Nissan will also export the product to Chile and Colombia.