Launched in 2007, the Nissan Qashqai is now moving to the third generation. It inaugurates an exotic hybrid motorization in Europe.
Born in 2007, the Nissan Qashqai was a pioneer in democratizing the crossover segment. After a career of more than 3 million copies sold across the globe, the Qashqai is unveiled under a whole new generation. The crossover is being modernized in particular inside, with the appearance of latest generation on-board technologies, the adoption of the CMF-C platform and an e-Power engine, which has been successful in Japan for several years.
A modern platform and more space on board
The new Nissan Qashqai presents its modernization with a style that takes up the new identity of the brand. And more precisely that deployed on the new Nissan Note in Japan and on SUVs intended for the American market, such as the Pathfinder in particular. Despite barely increased dimensions, the SUV is more compact thanks to its muscular pencil stroke.
Longer by 35 mm, the Nissan Qashqai extends over 4.43 meters long and 1.84 meters wide. The wheelbase gains only 20 mm (2.67 meters), but the space on board should be a little more generous. It is in any case quantified in the trunk with a gain of 74 liters to bring the total volume of the hold to 504 liters.
Full of technologies for the Qashqai
The interior is not as futuristic as that of the Nissan Ariya. The layout remains traditional with a style that evolves in continuity. A necessity for Nissan, which runs on eggshells so as not to disturb the many customers. On the other hand, technological endowments are leaping forward.
The instrument cluster is entrusted to a 12.3-inch digital panel. It comes with a central 9-inch touchscreen and, for the first time, a 10.8-inch head-up display projected directly onto the windshield. Apple Carplay wireless and Android Auto connectivity comes standard and the vehicle can be operated remotely with the Nissan Connect Service smartphone app, and indoors with Amazon Alexa.
In the driving chapter, the Qashqai embeds the One-Pedal system already known in the Nissan Leaf. Note also the presence of ProPilot coupled to the Navi link device, the brand’s semi-autonomous driving system.
Hybrid-series mechanics from Japan
Modern SUV, the Nissan Qashqai now relies on electrified technology, or rather electric if we refer to the technical diagram. The Nissan Qashqai is inaugurating the e-Power engine in Europe, which has been the manufacturer’s sales leader in Japan since its inception, and is pushing dCi diesel engines towards the exit.
The engine block inherited from the Leaf (but retouched for the occasion, without further details for the moment) offers 190 hp for 330 Nm of torque. It is powered by a battery with a still unknown capacity (but potentially partly taken from the Leaf, too). The latter being force-fed by the 1.5-liter petrol of 158 hp. But here, the power is insignificant: completely disconnected from the wheels, the thermal block has the sole role of generating electricity. But this is not a range extender here, the Qashqai is not an electric, contrary to what its transmission admits. Question of perspective.
A little patience for the e-Power engine
The e-Power engine thus makes it possible to benefit from the advantages of the electric engine (instantaneous torque and consistent pick-ups), while delivering the driving sensations of a more conventional parallel hybrid vehicle. Consumption and CO2 data have not yet been communicated. Unlike the Japanese Note e-Power, all-wheel drive is not yet on the program.
The Nissan Qashqai will be marketed in spring 2021, but it will take a little longer to see the arrival of e-Power hybrid versions.