The 2017 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid is a locally assembled hybrid MPV sold in Malaysia. Being a CKD, it qualifies for import and excise duty exemptions, as per our government’s current automotive policy. Sold here in four variants, it is priced from RM132, 978.59 to RM155, 863.43. This seven-seater Japanese model rivals models like the Mazda 5, Peugeot 5008, Honda Stream and Mazda Biante.
Under the hood of the 2017 Nissan Serena S-hybrid is a naturally aspirated, direct-injected 2.0-litre MR20DD four-cylinder engine that produces 147hp at 5,600rpm and 210Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm. An Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Adaptive Shift Control is employed to send the power to the front wheels.
If you’re wondering where the extra electric motor that drives the car is, there isn’t one, the Serena S-Hybrid doesn’t work like most other mild or full hybrids. It only gets a sub-battery, that’s added for extra power to run most of the car’s electronics, and the only electric motor here is simply a more powerful alternator - which additionally recuperates energy when the vehicle is coasting, but the motor is not capable of driving the wheels like a proper hybrid.
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