The Sunderland-built Qashqai first arrived in 2007, and helped to establish the now hugely lucrative crossover segment. It’s proven hugely successful, with more than three million being produced, and 600,000 being sold in the UK.
But now Nissan is back with a new model, which sits on a new platform known as CMF-C, which allows for electrified powertrains for the first time, as well as greater practicality.
While the design isn’t dramatically different to before, it gets a more striking look thanks to slimmer LED headlights and a larger grille, while there’s the option for large 20-inch alloy wheels and a two-tone colour combination.
With the Qashqai proving a big hit with families, Nissan has worked hard to improve its spaciousness compared to its predecessor. Boot space is up 74 litres to 504 litres, while Nissan also says the model now has wider opening rear doors for easier access to the back seats. Legroom and headroom throughout has also improved.
The interior also benefits from a tech overhaul, with a larger nine-inch touchscreen being included, and coming with in-car WiFi, smartphone mirroring and additional connected services. You also get a new 12.3-inch TFT digital dial display, which can be easily configured using a button on the steering wheel.
Initially the Qashqai will be offered with a turbocharged mild-hybrid 1.3-litre petrol, which will be offered with manual and automatic gearbox, along with the possibility of four-wheel-drive.
The powertrain highlight, though, will arrive in 2022 in the form of a full hybrid option, which Nissan calls ‘ePower’. The technology has been used in Japan for some years, but this will be its first outing in Europe. Using a 1.5-litre petrol engine combined with a power generator, inverter and electric motor to produce a combined 184bhp.
Unlike a traditional hybrid, the engine here is used solely to generate electricity, with the electric motor exclusively powering the wheels. Nissan promises it offers ‘exhilarating torque feel’ and ‘superior fuel efficiency to traditional combustion engines’, though full technical details haven’t yet been announced.
Nissan has enhanced its Pro Pilot driver assistance technology with additional features, including an adaptive cruise control system that can slow down for corners or when the speed limit changes, along with ‘flank protection’, which helps to warn of objects when maneuvering that the driver might not have spotted.
The new Qashqai is expected to arrive in showrooms in the summer, with further prices and specification details set to be announced in the run up to its launch.
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February 18, 2021