At this year’s Delhi Auto Expo
Nissan announced it will bring its iconic GT-R sportscar and new X-Trail Hybrid
crossover to India in the 2016 financial year. The GT-R will storm Indian
shores in September 2016, while the newX-Trail Hybrid will follow before the
end of the financial year. India will be the fourth market in the world after Japan,
Thailand and Indonesia where Nissan will have introduced the X-Trail Hybrid.
Guillaume Sicard, President,
Nissan India Operations, commented: "Bringing these two standout models to
India shows Nissan is a brand going places. Nissan GT-R and X-Trail Hybrid each
have their own strengths as great examples of Nissan engineering and
technological expertise, and embody our brand promise of 'Innovation and
Excitement'. Having created a strong foundation for success by building our
local presence and extensive retail network, we are now introducing a wave of
dynamic and exciting products through the mid-term that will draw fresh eyes to
The current GT-R’s twin-turbo
3.8-litre V6 petrol engine produces 550PS and 632Nm of torque, with ample power
that will satisfy any motoring fan. Its 0.26 drag coefficient, one of the best
amongst supercars, helps the GT-R slice through the air efficiently.
The new Nissan X-Trail Hybrid
will come to India as the market's first ever full hybrid SUV, and brings
Nissan's latest hybrid vehicle technology to India for the first time.
The car comes equipped with
the 2.0-litre MR20 DD petrol engine twinned with an advanced 31kw electric
motor that enables both driving and environmental performance. The innovative
crossover provides a rewarding driving experience with its powerful
acceleration and remarkable quietness, which eclipse those of typical 2.5-litre
Nissan’s flagship GT-R
sportscar delivers blistering performance. It is equally at home in real-world driving
conditions as it is on the racetrack where it has shattered numerous records.
With new levels of
sophistication and refinement, the GT-R enables the driver to enjoy the car's
capabilities to the fullest, whether navigating corners of a winding mountain
road, cruising on the highway or in an urban environment.
The car also boasts a wealth
of on-board technology and unrivalled handling thanks to its advanced all-wheel
drive system, meaning it can be driven and enjoyed even by less experienced
drivers – earning it a reputation as the ultimate everyday supercar.
The X-Trail Hybrid delivers
sprightly driving response right off the line due to the 2.0L engine with added
punch provided by its electric motor. Intelligent Dual Clutch Control is
Nissan's original, highly efficient hybrid system that drives the wheels and
regenerates electricity by using one motor. With one of the two clutches
completely separating the motor from the engine, the system enables EV mode
driving in high-speed situations with highly efficient energy regeneration.
The GT-R and X-Trail Hybrid
will complement Nissan's extensive 'home-grown' product range of Indian-built
models from its plant in Oragadam, near Chennai. The plant now employs well
over 7,000 staff, producing a diverse cross-segment line-up including the
popular Sunny sedan, Micra and Terrano, as well as the Datsun GO and GO+.
In addition to strengthening
its brand presence in India by introducing compelling models from its global
line-up, Nissan will continue to strengthen its brandthrough its eight-year-
long partnership with the International Cricket Council, announced in November
Meanwhile, Nissan launched
limited edition Micra Active and Terrano to mark the ICC World Twenty20 2016 in
India. Nissan launched the two cricket-themed limited editions at the 2016
Delhi Auto Expo.
Famed cricketers Mohinder
Amarnath and Zaheer Khan helped launch the ICC Micra Active and ICC Terrano by
meeting showgoers and taking part in cricketing attractions designed to bring
the game closer to fans. The event was in advance of the ICC’s eight-city
trophy tour across India.
The former cricket stars
joined the ICC World Twenty20 2016 trophy at the Nissan pavilion at the auto
show’s inaugural day. The trophy will be on display at the Nissan stand until
9th February, giving cricket fans and auto enthusiasts a chance to get close to
this coveted prize. The eagerly-awaited tournament starts in March. Sixteen
participating nations will compete in the ICC World Twenty20 and the winning
team’s captain will lift the trophy at the final in Kolkata on 3rd April.
Nissan has signed an eight
year partnership agreement with the ICC and is sponsoring worldwide
tournaments. This includes the ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and
ICC World Twenty20, along with the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup tournament and ICC
Women’s World Cup.
Arun Malhotra, Managing
Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Nissan and cricket have a lot in
common. Both are about pushing boundaries, inspired team-work and delivering
excitement. The ICC World Twenty20 2016 tournament creates exhilaration among
fans of the sport the world over. That’s the same emotion we want people to
feel when they drive a Nissan.”
Source: Nissan India