Nissan has announced prices of the 2021 Qashqai range, which will include the first-ever Qashqai e-Power (hybrid) in the first markets. In the United Kingdom and Germany, prices start at GBP 23,535 and EUR 25,790, respectively.
However, in some markets, like Finland, the company is yet to reveal prices. In Canada, it recently updated the second-gen Qashqai for MY2021 and hasn’t confirmed the third-gen, so it seems like the global rollout campaign would 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.
The Qashqai is the first e-Power model worldwide to feature the 1.5-liter gasoline engine. The Nissan X-Trail e-Power unveiled in April and is to go on sale 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 more eco-friendly. 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 aluminium, and the body-in-white of the third-gen Qashqai 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 2021 Nissan Qashqai in the first markets, including the UK, are scheduled to commence in early summer, with the e-Power variants following next Spring. In Canada, the third-gen model may arrive as the 2022 Nissan Qashqai next year.
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