The third-gen Qashqai that went on sale this year will include the first-ever Nissan Qashqai e-Power (hybrid). New spy shots motor.es published on November 26, 2021, have revealed that road-testing of the hybrid version has begun.
Nissan has already confirmed that it will launch the Qashqai e-Power in 2022. With road-testing having commenced, the company could unveil the e-Power variant next spring, about a year after the mild-hybrid variant. The latter costs GBP 23,985 onwards in the UK and EUR 27,090 onwards in Germany. Canada hasn’t received the latest model, so it seems like the global rollout campaign will stretch well into 2022.
The Qashqai is Nissan’s pioneering compact SUV that has registered over 5 million units in sales since its introduction in 2007. The full model change brought forth this year comes with a bolder and sharper design, a more appealing interior, and, most important of all, electrification with mild-hybrid and e-Power series-hybrid technologies. Take a look at the various aspects of the new Qashqai:
Design & Features
At the front, the 2021 Nissan Qashqai features striking boomerang-shaped LED headlights that are reminiscent of the brand’s SUV flagship Nissan Patrol. A more prominent radiator grille and the cleaner hood with an increased dipped portion make the next-gen model seem wider. The sharply-cut bumper, like the grille, is inspired by the Nissan Ariya electric SUV.
While a lot is different from the Mk2 Nissan Qashqai at the front, the rear-end is familiar. The tailgate, back glass, bumper, and tail lamps are very close to the old design. The tail lamps are edgier and look squinty, and they add to the SUV’s sporty character. Full LED advanced matrix headlamps with boomerang signature DRLs, 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, LED tail lights with ‘raindrop’ grain optic, and LED rear turn indicators (first for a European Nissan model) are some of the main exterior features. Eleven body color options and five two-tone combinations are available, and the new Qashqai presents customers with 16 variations.
The interior of the 2021 Nissan Qashqai has significant changes. The new horizontal dashboard, repositioned central AC vents, 9-inch NissanConnect floating touchscreen infotainment system, 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster, and a new 10.8-inch head-up display make the cabin of the all-new Qashqai feel much younger.
Underpinned by an improved CMF-C platform, the 2021 Nissan Qashqai is the first-ever electrified Qashqai. Customers can select between a 12-volt mild hybrid system and the brand’s trademarked e-Power series-hybrid system. Nissan has launched the mild-hybrid and plans to release the Qashqai e-Power in 2022.
Spy shots indicate that the e-Power variant of the latest Qashqai doesn’t look any different from the mild-hybrid variant, but it’s too early to derive any conclusions about the design. Regardless, what’s important in its case is that it is likely to offer a completely different driving experience. The Qashqai is the first e-Power model worldwide to feature a 1.5-liter gasoline engine. The Nissan X-Trail e-Power unveiled in April 2021 and due in Europe next summer features the same system where the power and torque outputs are significantly higher.
Nissan Qashqai e-Power specs
|Aspect||Nissan Qashqai e-Power Specification|
|Engine Power||140 kW (188 hp)|
|Engine Torque||330 Nm (243 Lb.-Ft.)|
2021 Nissan Qashqai mild-hybrid specs
|Aspect||2021 Nissan Qashqai Specification|
|Engine Displacement||1.3-liter (turbo)|
|Engine Power||103 kW (138 hp)/117 kW (157 hp)|
|Engine Torque||240 Nm (177 Lb.-Ft.)/260 Nm (192 Lb.-Ft.)/270 Nm (199 Lb.-Ft.)|
|Mild-Hybrid System Battery Type||Lithium-ion|
|Mild-Hybrid System Battery Voltage||12V|
Electrification isn’t the only trick that makes the Qashqai fuel-efficient. The company has made significant use of aluminum panels to reduce the weight of the compact SUV. The front fenders, hood, and doors are all made of aluminum, and the body-in-white of the third-gen Qashqai is 21 kg lighter than that of the second-gen Qashqai. Unlike that of the old model, the trunk door is made of composite material, providing a further weight-saving of 2.6 kg. The 2021 Qashqai is 60 kg lighter and 41% stiffer than that of the second-gen model. On paper, it offers a better driving response, improved ride comfort, and a more refined experience overall.
Deliveries of the all-new Nissan Qashqai have commenced in the first markets, including the UK. The e-Power variant may follow in the Spring of 2022. In Canada, the third-gen model may arrive as the 2022 Nissan Qashqai at the beginning of the year.
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