Nissan North America has reportedly axed the Pathfinder Hybrid from its line-up, with no return planned for the forseeable future.
It's an unusual state of play for the normally hybrid-friendly US market, but according to Car & Driver the petrol-electric Pathfinder's poor fuel economy neutered its appeal as an eco car and thus its fortunes with new-car buyers.
According to Nissan's own figures, the Pathfinder Hybrid consumes 8.4 l/100km on the combined cycle - just 1.5 l/100km less than the regular 3.5 litre V6-engined model and substantially more than diesel powered rivals like the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe.
Powered by a 188kW/330Nm supercharged 2.5 litre petrol four and a 15kW electric motor, the Pathfinder Hybrid has slightly less power and slightly more torque than its all-petrol sibling, but clearly not enough of a fuel economy advantage for American tastes.
However, while it appears the appetite for the Pathfinder Hybrid is low in the 'States, the model's future on this side of the Pacific appears safe for now.
Since its introduction last year, roughly 9.5 percent of total Australian Pathfinder sales have been for the Hybrid.
According to Nissan Australia PR boss, Peter Fadeyev, there are no plans to nix the Pathfinder Hybrid from local showrooms, despite all Pathfinders for our market being sourced from the USA.
Production is also expected to continue for other markets where the Pathfinder Hybrid is sold, including New Zealand and Russia.
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