Nissan to make CVTs ‘shift’ like conventional automatics

Nissan will be adding a software tweak to its continuously variable transmissions to make them feel more like an automatic transmission.

Known officially as D-Step Shift Logic, this tweak is expected to appear in Nissan’s 2015 models equipped with a CVT, including the Versa, Sentra, Altima V6, Pathfinder and Quest. A similar technology tweak was offered on the four-cylinder Altima since 2013, as well as the redesigned Rogue.

Automotive News says Nissan introduced D-Step to more models in response to criticism over the feel of its CVTs, as well as mistaken customer concerns that their transmissions are defective because they’re not changing gears.

Essentially, D-Step Shift Logic creates the impression that the CVT is shifting through gears. Once the car reaches 4,000 rpm, the software tweak creates a subtle drop in driving force and a slight jump ahead, giving the sense of a changing gear.

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