Nissan XTRONIC Continuously Variable Transmission


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It’s the next generation automatic transmission.

The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT): a technology Nissan refreshed and modernized in 2002, then became one of the world’s first automotive manufacturers to include CVTs on passenger cars. Today, Continuously Variable Transmissions are included on vehicles across Nissan’s diverse and growing lineup.

Traditional automatics have five, six or even seven gears. The more gears you have, the better the transmission, or so the story goes. Not anymore. Nissan's XTRONIC CVT doesn’t even have traditional fixed gear ratios. Instead, it uses an ingenious steel belt/pulley system to move up and down the gear ratio in continuously smooth motion. There is no “shifting” in the conventional sense of the word.

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) technology is available across the Nissan lineup

Continuously Variable Transmission.
The future of the automatic, available across the Nissan lineup.

Seamless shifting, constant power: That’s what you get with Nissan’s XTRONIC Continuously Variable Transmission®.

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Nissan CVT Continuously Variable Transmission

Say goodbye to gear hunting and shift-shock


That’s what your traditional automatic is doing when it is searching for a specific gear and not always finding the right one.


That’s the little bump you feel and that momentary loss of power you get when your traditional automatic is switching gears.

Seamless shifting, constant power

That’s what you get with Nissan’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission. It doesn’t gear hunt. It doesn’t give you shift shock.

It’s the sound of innovation

Because the CVT is different than a traditional automatic transmission, it sounds different than a traditional automatic transmission. It emits a distinctive, almost "high-tech" sounding single transmission tone that changes pitch as the transmission cycles up and down the gear ratios.

The Continuously Variable Transmission Difference

Conventional automatic transmission experiences shift shock and gear-hunting

Conventional Automatic Transmission

Unlike conventional automatic transmission, CVT reduces friction and shift shock

Continuously Variable Transmission

CVT emits a different sound than traditional automatic transmissions

The Sound of Innovation


A continuously variable transmission has fewer moving parts, which can reduce friction and, consequently, heat. Friction + Heat = wear and tear on your transmission. Reduced exposure to friction and heat can help a transmission last longer.

And of course fewer parts means a reduction in weight – a CVT is typically lighter than a traditional automatic – to the benefit of both performance and fuel consumption.

It isn’t something we decided to do yesterday, or last week. It isn’t a new initiative, or a flashy new marketing idea. what Nissan is.