Nissan Qashqai to introduce hybrid power

Daniel Fowler
November 15, 2020

It's more than that, considering the automaker sold more than three million units of the first and second generations models in Europe alone.

Now undergoing testing in Europe, it's built on the latest version of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's CMF-C platform, which makes use of more lightweight material as well as new manufacturing techniques to increase strength but to also reduce weight.

On the powertrain front you can say goodbye to diesels as Nissan will be offering just two options in the new Qashqai: a new 1.3-litre turbopetrol engine - paired with a mild hybrid system - and a more advanced hybrid unit called the e-Power, powered exclusively by an electric motor, which is charged by a petrol-powered generator. The lighter materials gives a 21kg weight saving over the outgoing model.

Efficiency, as you might expect, is also the focus for powertrains, and the new Qashqai gets its first hybrid engine. Nissan said that it will also be marked out from other hybrids by using a larger electric motor more typical of an EV.

The e-POWER system uses a small petrol engine to charge a battery, which then powers an electric motor which drives the front wheels.

Nissan Qashqai

Under the bonnet there will be a 1.3-litre petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology in two power outputs, and a new E-Power hybrid model.

The firm says the new Qashqai - pictured here wearing camouflage - will employ an updated Macpherson strut suspension set-up at the front.

Keeping on the efficiency theme, the new Qashqai will feature a flat underbody that works with an active flap in the radiator grille to smooth airflow around the vehicle. Full technical details will be released closer to the new Qashqai's market launch.

All-wheel drive cars score a more advanced multi-link setup in the rear suspension that promises a premium ride, a challenge for the 20-inch wheels set for higher grades.

A wide range of driver assistance and safety technology will also be integrated as part of Nissan's ProPilot system, including the ability to autonomously read and react to speed limit signs.

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