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Nissan and Mitsubishi reportedly working on a 1-ton pickup for the U.S.



Nissan and Mitsubishi reportedly working on a 1 ton pickup for

We can probably consider it a testament to how far ex-Nissan Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn veered the conglomerate off the straight and narrow that Nissan continues to restate its global aims. Four years ago, Ghosn successor CEO Makoto Uchida announced Nissan Next, part of the plan’s global initiatives to “[Focus] on global core model segments including enhanced C and D segment vehicles, electric vehicles, sport cars,” “Introduce 12 models in the next 18 months,” and “[Expand] presence in EVs and electric-motor-driven cars, including e-POWER, with more than 1 million electrified sales units expected a year by end of FY23.” About 18 months later, the automaker expanded on detail with Ambition 2030, which would invest 2 trillion yen ($13.2 billion U.S.) through 2026, part of which would pay for launching 23 new electrified models, 15 of those pure-electric and planned to hit the market by 2027.

It’s been a tough row to hoe. Now, at the end of Nissan’s fiscal year in March, Uchida announced a revised business plan called The Arc. This would put 30 new models on the market by the end of fiscal year 2026 (March 2027), 16 of which will be electrified. Note the climbdown: Ambition 2030 wanted to put 23 electrified vehicles on the market, 15 of them pure-electric, The Arc wants 30 total vehicles, 16 electrified, eight of them pure-electric.

A report in Automotive News says one of those BEVs could be an electric one-ton pickup that Nissan will develop with Mitsubishi for the North American market, as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain that will power an unknown body style and could also serve the pickup. The PHEV would come first, no surprise based on trends in the EV market. Mitsubishi would develop the PHEV powertrain, perhaps an evolution of the system sold in the Outlander PHEV here and the Eclipse Cross PHEV in international markets like Australia. Bringing a PHEV would give Mitsu a third plug-in model, and give Nissan a second to go along with the China-specific Venucia-brand PHEV that launched last year. Beyond giving Nissan a much needed hybrid to sell in the U.S. — the automaker doesn’t sell any here now — it would give Mitsubishi dealers some much needed new product. 

The pickup, on the other hand, would employ Nissan’s EV expertise. It’s planned for our market sometime between March 31, 2027, and the same date in 2031. This could make it a part of Nissan’s planned family of next-gen modular EVs that debut after the eight models coming by 2026. The pickup will likely be built in Mexico so as to avoid U.S. pickup and van tariffs. If the truck really comes as a one-tonner, it will be larger and more capable than the half-ton Nissan Frontier. There will be a Mitsubishi version, too, and there could be other Mitsu products sourced from Nissan and Renault, automaker EVP Hiroshi Nagaoka saying, “In North America, we will receive a supply of vehicles from our alliance partners to a certain extent. We will receive what is necessary in our overall product lineup.”

Beyond the pickup, a separate AN report says the same 2027-2031 timeframe will get our market five new Nissan EVs: a hatchback, a sedan, and three crossovers in the compact, midsize, the three-row segments.

The tie-up happens alongside Nissan working with Honda on EV powertrain components and software.

 



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