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Nissan has debuted the new generation of one of its best selling models, the Qashqai, which is the latest vehicle to be introduced under the Nissan NEXT plan.

19 Feb 2021 | International News : Japan



Nissan has unveiled the all new Qashqai compact crossover SUV. Marking the third generation since debuting in 2007, the Qashqai once again aims to set a new standard in the segment it pioneered. The Qashqai reinvents itself, from the inside out, for today's customers looking for striking attraction, comfort, refinement, efficiency and the latest in convenient and intuitive technology.

The new Qashqai features a more toned, sharp and modern style, while still maintaining its unmistakable character. In its details, the styling reflects Nissan's global design language, notably the V-Motion grille, 'floating roof' and use of precise, taut lines that generate simple, bold surfaces and muscular volumes.

The new Qashqai marks the introduction of Nissan's e-POWER drive system to the European market
The Qashqai's enhanced body stance is more purposeful, with prominent shoulder lines, an extended wheelbase and imposing 20-inch wheels. The LED headlamps are slimmer and sharper, and features technology that adapts the shape of the beam according to the road conditions and other road-users.

From the side, the Qashqai appears more athletic and dynamic, with a single character line that strikes through the car from the front to the rear. The design of the rear lights creates a 3D effect when lit for a unique road-going signature. The Qashqai will be available in 11 body colours, with five two-tone combinations. This allows customers to choose from a total of 16 colour variations.

The Qashqai's cabin is designed to create an inviting and relaxing environment. New seat materials and new white ambient lighting allow driver and passengers to enjoy a premium and harmonious experience inside the vehicle. New premium materials, smart features and fine detailing enhance a cabin that delivers cutting-edge design and practicality in every dimension.

The Qashqai features a 12V mild hybrid system comprising a 1.3-litre turbocharged engine and lithium-ion battery. The system enables energy regenerated during deceleration to be used while driving to contribute to both fuel economy and CO2 emissions reduction. The mild hybrid Qashqai will go on sale first, while the e-POWER variant will follow at a later date.

The new Qashqai utilises the Alliance CMF-C platform, which will be shared with Renault
The new Qashqai also brings the first deployment of Nissan's e-POWER drive system to Europe, and is comprised of a high-output battery and powertrain integrated with a variable compression ratio 155bhp petrol engine, power generator, inverter and 184bhp electric motor.

To meet the typical demands of European consumers and their daily drive, the e-POWER installation has been significantly upgraded for the new Qashqai. For Europe, it has been upgraded to a 1.5-litre petrol engine, with a final power output of 187bhp.

The unique element of the e-POWER is that the petrol engine is used solely to generate electricity, whilst the wheels are completely driven by the electric motor. This means the engine can always run within its optimal range, leading to superior fuel efficiency and lower CO2emissions compared with a traditional internal combustion engine.

The new Qashqai is built on the Alliance CMF-C platform, which represents a state-of-the-art automotive structure and technology architecture. In terms of construction, the body-in-white makes use of more lightweight material, advanced stamping processes and welding techniques to increase strength and reduce weight. For the first time, the rear hatchback door is now made of a composite material, which saves 2.6kg.

Nissan has upgraded the cabin in the new Qashqai with better materials, a bigger infotainment screen and a Head-Up Display
This and additional advanced manufacturing techniques result in weight savings of 60kg and a 41% increase in structural rigidity when compared to the outgoing model. This translates to refinement, ride comfort and driving response from a higher segment, plus exceptional security in the event of an accident.

With the new CMF-C platform, the all new Qashqai has an updated Macpherson strut setup at the front and at the rear. The rear suspension features a torsion beam equipped for two-wheel drive models and a multi-link configuration for all-wheel drive models. Power steering has also been enhanced, offering improved response and initial steering range from driver input.

The new Qashqai offers an advanced infotainment system with an impressive portfolio of connected services including effortless integration of smartphones, in-car WiFi for up to seven devices and NissanConnect Services, which is a dedicated app to control and monitor the vehicle.

A new high-definition, fully electronic 12.3-inch multi-information screen offers a choice of configurable layouts to display navigation, entertainment, traffic or vehicle information, controlled from a new tactile dial switch on the steering wheel.

A chart explaining how the mild hybrid system and e-POWER system works on the new Qashqai
A new 10.8-inch Head-Up Display projects key navigation, driver assistance and road information onto the windscreen within the driver's line of vision, allowing drivers to maintain their focus on the road for more comfort and confidence at the wheel.

The 9.0-inch NissanConnect display screen features navigation, entertainment and vehicle settings, and is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa home-to-car skills are also supported.

The new Qashqai is equipped with an array of safety features and tech that offer driver support in a wider array of circumstances, such as ProPILOT with Navi-link, which helps to reduce fatigue and stress while driving by assisting with acceleration and braking within a single lane on an expressway.

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