What Is Nissan’s XTRONIC CVT?

What Is Nissan’s XTRONIC CVT?


Transmission options in the automotive world are varied. Depending on the type of vehicle you choose, the transmission may be automatic, manual, or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). For Nissan, one of the many transmission options is the XTRONIC CVT with D-Step Logic Control, which is available in the new 2017 Nissan Pathfinder.


Nissan’s XTRONIC CVT is a third-generation transmission that uses D-Step Logic Control. This means that it uses dynamic inputs. Including vehicle speed, accelerator pedal position, and application sped, to determine the ideal gear ratio the vehicle needs. By doing so, the XTRONIC CVT provides a smooth acceleration.

This smooth acceleration will feel more like an automatic transmission than a CVT. CVTs typically don’t have fixed gear ratios like an automatic does. Instead utilizing a two-pulley system that is adjustable and allows for an infinite number of gear rations. Therefore, by using this type of transmission, the engine speed continues to perform consistently at a wide range of speeds.

For the XTRONIC CVT, this means offering the better fuel efficiency of a continuously variable transmission. Without sacrificing the extra power of an automatic transmission.

Along with the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, this innovative transmission technology is also found in the 2016 Altima, 2016 Murano, and the athletic 2017 Maxima. The 2016 Versa and Sentra models also offer the third-generation XTRONIC transmission.

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