Already a leader of electric power, Nissan has unveiled its new 2021 electrified Nissan Qashqai. With Nissan’s unique ePower hybrid set-up, it promises to be a more efficient, sleeker and roomier third-generation family SUV.
A distinctive look
The all-new Nissan Qashqai has undergone a complete redesign. It now features a more purposeful stance and enhanced dynamic styling cues to give it greater appeal.
Nissan reasons the new look was necessary due to the need to focus more on aerodynamics with all-new hybrid powertrains on offer.
The model is 35mm longer and 32mm wider, which makes it appear longer and lower, creating a sportier silhouette.
Nissan’s new V-motion chrome grille design dominates the front-end and creates a striking first impression. Meanwhile, the new LED Matrix headlights feature a slimmed-down boomerang shape.
In addition, the availability of new 20-inch alloys marks Nissan’s push to penetrate the higher-specification market.
On the inside, the Qashqai benefits from a focus on advanced infotainment and safety technology. The dash features a brand new nine-inch high-definition multimedia touchscreen which gives outstanding connectivity and functionality to a host of functions on the move.
Plus, thanks to the addition of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice control functionality, it really is a doddle to control your car.
On top of that, it benefits from a 10.8-inch head-up-display which provides clear driving information in your eye line, so there is no need to take your eye off the road.
Enhanced On-Board Space
Not only is the new Qashqai striking to look at, but it also features vast interior improvements which enhance the on-board experience.
Upfront, the new Nissan Qashqai benefits from better forward visibility thanks to re-positioned door mirrors, thinner A-pillars and wider windscreen opening angles to give the driver a better view all-round.
Passengers in the rear get an additional 28mm of knee room, while the boot offers 50-litres more load space.
For easier access to the back seats, the rear doors open up to 85 degrees.
The new Nissan Qashqai with all-new base
Making a radical departure from the old, the new Qashqai will sit on an updated version of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s CMF-C platform. It incorporates Macpherson strut suspension set-up at both ends for increased stability and improved drive.
The two-wheel-drive models come equipped with a beam axle at the rear. Meanwhile, the four-wheel-drive model adopts a more advanced multi-link set-up for enhanced responsiveness.
The new Nissan Qashqai also features a lighter body shell with new composite and aluminium panels contributing to a whopping 60kg weight loss compared to the outgoing model. Despite the weight loss, new welding and stamping techniques mean that overall stiffness is increased by 41 per cent, so drivers can benefit from improved refinement, safety and responsiveness.
Despite all the changes mentioned, the biggest change for the new Nissan Qashqai is its hybrid powertrains. There will be no standard internal combustion engines available in the new model.
Instead, you will be able to choose from a conventional hybrid or the ePower powertrain.
The conventional hybrid combines a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a 12V mild-hybrid system which helps to boost performance and efficiency. It is available in two powers; 136bhp or 154bhp.
As standard, the engine comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission, although you can opt for a new Xtronic CVT gearbox on the more powerful 154bhp model.
With the 154bhp model, you also get the option of four-wheel-drive with the benefit of different drive modes like Eco, Sport and Off-Road.
Nissan’s e-Power Powertrain
The really exciting news is Nissan’s new ePower hybrid, which makes its debut in the new Nissan Qashqai. The 188bhp ePower drivetrain mates a 1.5-litre petrol engine to a 145kW electric motor for self-charging functionality. The system is unusual as the petrol engine is unconnected to the driven wheels and instead exclusively powers the electric motor.
Nissan claims this system offers enhanced fuel economy and lower emissions yet retains the instant torque and quick acceleration you would expect from an electric model.
The ePower hybrid model comes with Nissan’s ‘e-Pedal’, used on the Nissan Leaf. The e-Pedal enables you to use the same pedal for both acceleration and deceleration and means you can even drive for limited distances with the engine off.
Register your interest
The new Nissan Qashqai is due to arrive in UK showrooms before the summer. If you can not wait to try the new Nissan Qashqai for yourself, then why not register your interest at your local Stoneacre Nissan branch? You’ll be the first to hear updates on when the exciting new Qashqai arrives in our showroom.