Ask Nathan: Constructive Nissan EV Pickup Plans, Mocking The Mitsubishi Mirage, And No Time to Die?

Ask Nathan: Constructive Nissan EV Pickup Plans, Mocking The Mitsubishi Mirage, And No Time to Die?

On this week’s Inquire Nathan:

  • Nissan EV pickup might actually happen?
  • You’ve gotten been simply mocking the Mitsubishi Mirage!
  • No Time to Die?

The primary query comes from a dialogue I skilled with a Nissan lover, a few doable Nissan EV pickup, though I used to be on the dentist.

Nissan Nails technique (Graphic: Nissan)

Q (Abridged by way of Dental Hygienist): I heard there’s been actually critical converse a few upcoming Nissan EV pickup.

The timing may very well be good for an reasonably priced, modest Nissan EV pickup. There’s no means I can afford to pay for a Rivian or a Hummer, however I need an EV pickup. I’ve owned a Leaf for 5 years and I like it. I simply need rather more cargo means think about one thing like a Nissan Leaf powertrain, however with a pickup mattress within the once more. It may very well be the scale of a Hyundai Santa Cruz.

I assume it might provide.

Preliminary Nissan Gobi sketch by the proficient Jerry Hirshberg.

A: I’ve coated this matter simply earlier than, however there may be some new information a few (achievable) long run Nissan EV pickup.

Not too way back Automotive Information, and Motor Trend reported on this extraordinarily matter. There are of us at Nissan, like Judy Wheeler, Nissan Division Vice President of Gross sales and Regional Operations within the U.S. who constructed some thrilling evaluations. She couldn’t guarantee or deny the rumors, however she did say that she wouldn’t be surprised.

Different Nissan insiders are talked about to be mulling across the potential of making use of the Leaf and/or Ariya powertrains for this achievable pickup.

Really, it might make a ton of sense. Smaller, lighter obligation pickups are commencing to creep their means into the US. The Ford Maverick hybrid is a Large worth proposition, and the Hyundai Santa Cruz is a pleasant life-style motorcar – an individual that would get a hybrid, and even EV powertrain within the foreseeable future.

The prevailing Leaf + has a 62-kWh battery good for about 226 miles. It’ll make 214 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. That setup is for entrance wheel generate. The Ariya has a 90-kWh battery pack resolution and a biggest assortment of 300 mile. It’ll make 389 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque and may function with an AWD approach. May you envision these powertrains hooked as much as a bit of king-cab pickup?

If Nissan might generate a mild responsibility EV that had concerning the equivalent cargo potential of both, they might be means forward of the sport. I think about that, if it might tow a modest 4×7 field trailer weighing 1,500-lbs about 100 miles on a price. That might be outstanding. Extra importantly, if it might maintain numerous bikes, or a small palette within the mattress – that may be nice for urbanites.

There are genuine indications that Nissan is definitely searching into this, which may very well be epic!

— N

The following problem arrives from a Mitsubishi Mirage proprietor, who feels that we mocked the little or no motorcar in a present on-line video.

You guys are identical to Doug mocking the Mitsubishi Mirage with no believed for its homeowners.

Have you ever at any time comprehended what folks right now are going by once they purchase a motorcar like this? Do you guys even remedy about folks right now who make considerably lower than $50,000 per calendar yr? I purchased my Mirage in 2015 and it was my first new automotive purchase. I do know it’s sluggish however that’s no problem in focused visitors. It parks anyplace and I on no account get apprehensive about it getting a aim. My 2016 Mirage has greater than 150,000 miles on it and I on no account skilled an enormous problem. It’s a 5 tempo and my solely assure mend was for the air con program. I paid out it off final April and it simply sips gasoline. Say what you need about awful folks’s automobiles and vans. However I’m grateful to push a bit of one thing this low-cost. I let you know Nathan that I’m happy with my tiny auto and I’ve no regrets.

— Dale from In depth Seashore, CA

A: Howdy Dale.

I’m sorry if we got here off as one-sided with the Mitsubishi Mirage. In the video, I do say excess of on the time that it’s the the very least high-priced, and most efficient non-hybrid in the US. Additionally, I by no means despise the automotive. Removed from it. I notice its value as a person who counts his pennies.

This was a rental, and we have to have carried out an MPG loop to see how the altitude influenced the efficiency. There was not time, and we had only one risk to reveal how numerous the least excessive priced EV and gasoline automobile within the U.S. execute beneath load. The remainder, as , was supposed as leisure.

Right here’s what’s occurred within the earlier: Mitsubishi simply refuses to ship a Mirage to Colorado for checks, doubtless due to the elevation – which kills horsepower. I out there to check the five-speed (which has much more effectiveness gusto), however haven’t gotten an affirmative treatment on that.

Hell, I even equipped a cross-country tour in a Mirage. I imagined it might be nice to shoot a spherical tour from Denver to Daytona Seashore entrance, FL. I wanted to do it for considerably lower than $300 – spherical journey. That’s about 2,700 miles. On the time, that price was a lot lower than the cost of a traditional airline ticket. The gag would have surrounded my must should slumber in the auto at completely free areas, collectively the best way.

I even now wish to do it, however this time, L.A. to Orlando and once more for $500 in gasoline. That might be epic!

In any case, I nonetheless see the advantage of this type of an reasonably priced runabout. I’m happy you might be seeing the value on this motorcar a lot too.

Thanks for reaching out Dale!

— N

The earlier dilemma arrives from a reader inquiring about my early get hold of to the James Bond movement image: No Time to Die.

Q: How did you see the movie so early, Nathan? I thought-about it was not receiving unveiled until up coming 7 days.

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A: Each from time to time, we get to go to particular features which have massive automotive sponsorship.

On this case, an company that performs with journalists arrived to and requested for our critique of the film. I’m thrilled that they requested, as a result of I’m a considerable fan. You possibly can learn the total evaluation (listed right here).

Devoid of offering far too rather a lot away, I’ll say that this was huge movie. Exceptional in dimension and scope, and James Bond automobile supporters won’t be upset. Additionally, it’s properly value your while to see it on the massive monitor.

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