According to an Auto Express report, Nissan is currently working on a new plug-in hybrid model for the European market (likely due to CO2-led taxation). The new model could benefit from the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s recent assimilation of Mitsubishi Motors, which has some expertise in PHEVs.

“Our current priority is to shift into EVs for the future, but we still need a bridge. We are now working on a plug-in hybrid solution for Europe,” said Takashi Shirakawa, head of Nissan’s research and development in Europe, who also suggested that the model will use the technology found in the Outlander PHEV.

“We welcomed Mitsubishi Motors into the Nissan family, and they already have the Outlander PHEV. The next-generation product range may be shared with that, but this is just the beginning of the discussion as nothing has been decided yet,” he added.

The Outlander PHEV is not sold here in Malaysia, but we have seen test units roaming around before. The SUV is powered by a 2.0 litre MIVEC petrol engine with 121 PS and 190 Nm, which is further assisted by electric motors at both axles (82 PS/137 Nm front and 82 PS/195 Nm rear).

The Nissan Gripz concept showcased Nissan’s series hybrid technology, dubbed Pure Drive e-Power. However, it is unknown if a Qashqai-sized PHEV will be in Nissan’s pipeline as the company is looking to focus its electrification efforts into smaller segments. “Most customers are keen to have a smaller EVs. We recognise this, and we’re already thinking about how to solve these customer issues with next-generation EV technology,” said Shirakawa.

GALLERY: Nissan Gripz concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show