• John AbrahamVarinder Chawla
  • Nissan X-TrailIBTimes India
  • Nissan GT-RIBTimes India

Nissan India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nissan Motor Japan, has appointed Bollywood actor John Abraham as its brand ambassador for its upcoming product line-up in the country.

The company announced its association with the actor at Auto Expo 2016 after showcasing its flagship sports car Nissan GT-R and electric crossover hybrid X-Trail, which will go on sale in India later this year. Nissan plans to expand its product portfolio in the domestic market and it is hopeful that its partnership with John Abraham will help the brand have a wider reach.

The flagship sports car of Nissan, the GT-R, is known as Godzilla amongst the auto aficionados and it will be launched in India in September this year. The model will be imported to India as a completely built unit. Nissan GT-R is powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6, which belts out 542bhp at 6,400 rpm and 632 Nm of torque in the range of 3,200-5,800rpm. The power is transmitted to all four wheels via six-speed dual clutch transmission. The four-wheel drive system comes with independent transaxle and LSD (Limited Slip Differential) as well. 

On the other hand, the second model that made its India debut at the auto show in Delhi is the X-trail, which comes with a petrol hybrid engine. The powertrain will be a 2.0-litre MR20 DD petrol engine working in tandem with an electric motor to develop a combined output of 179bhp and will be mated to Xtronic CVT transmission. India will be the fourth market after Japan, Thailand and Indonesia, where Nissan will introduce the X-trail Hybrid.

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