The Serena S-Hybrid is a mild-hybrid and small components allow the electric motor and battery to be integrated within the engine bay, allowing the interior volume to remain intact and keeping weight-gain to a minimum.
Mated to a CVT transmission and a four-cylinder 2.0 litre petrol engine, the Serena S-Hybrid returns the equivalent of 36.1mpg on the Japanese 10-15 test cycle. For comparison sake, a non-hybrid Serena logs between 21mpg and 26mpg on the same cycle.
Apart from a few minor aesthetic differences, the Serena S-Hybrid is identical to its non-hybrid counterpart. Practicality is where the Serena excels as it seats seven in comfort and boasts numerous storage compartments. Technology thrives in the Serena S-Hybrid as a digital instrument cluster and a large dash-mounted touch screen features.
The standard Serena can be ordered with either two- or four-wheel drive but Nissan has not disclosed whether the hybrid model will be offered with both configurations.
The Serena S-Hybrid is on sale in Japan now and carries an entry price of ¥2,384,550.