XTRONIC CVT transmission gearbox

This Time, Less Really Is More

Nissan first adopted the Continuously Variable Transmission in 1992, then refreshed and modernized it a decade later, becoming one of the world’s first automotive manufacturers to include the CVT on passenger cars. Now, 10 years on again, they’ve taken it to another level.

The 2013 Nissan Altima will be the first Nissan with the next-generation XTRONIC CVT. The dramatically improved technology achieves a significant 15% increase in fuel efficiency, accelerates faster, runs quieter and offers an even more seamless shifting experience.

Intelligent Continuously Variable Transmission Logic ensures that the transmission is always in the right gear, which eliminates any wasteful gear hunting.

The expanded gear ratio also reduces engine revolutions drastically, allowing the Altima to cruise at 60 miles per hour at fewer than 1500 RPMs. The benefits of lower RPMs are obvious – better fuel efficiency and a noticeably quieter ride.

So, what does all this mean for the driver?

Efficiency: up to 15% increase in fuel efficiency.

Performance: it delivers absolutely seamless performance and alleviates many of the concerns that drivers held about earlier CVT’s.

Quiet: the higher-efficiency and 40% reduction in friction allows the car to perform at higher speeds at very low RPMs, practically eliminating all noise from the transmission.

"15% increase in fuel efficiency, accelerates faster, runs quieter..."

Nissan's XTRONIC CVT vs. a conventional CVT transmission

"CVT friction is reduced by approximately 40% - a great contributing factor to the fuel economy."