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Nissan retires Pathfinder Hybrid for 2016

The electrified SUV only brought a few extra miles per gallon, but added around $5,000 to the base price.

Nissan has officially retired the Pathfinder Hybrid, omitting the electrified SUV from the family for the 2016 model year.

The hybrid Pathfinder combined a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor, delivering 250 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque -- barely below output specs for the 3.5-liter V6 package.

The fuel-consumption gap was as narrow as the power margin between both variants, with city/highway efficiency ratings of 25/28 mpg for the hybrid and 20/27 mpg for the V6 package. Based on the EPA's 15,000-mile annual usage scenario, buyers would not recoup the hybrid's $5,000 up-front premium for 20 years at today's gasoline prices.

The company does not break down sales of the hybrid and standard variants, but total Pathfinder sales were up by 12.7 percent for June and nearly five percent for the first half of the year. The hybrid's discontinuation suggests Nissan is confident that it can maintain sales momentum with the V6 alone.

Despite the departure, the automaker may not be entirely finished with hybrid utility vehicles in the US market. Several unconfirmed reports suggest the Rogue will get a hybrid counterpart, presumably similar to the X-Trail Hybrid that is already available for customers in Japan.

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