Nissan Qashqai: a new edition of the pioneer

All-wheel drive remains the exception in the new Nissan Qashqai. And in the third generation, the body is also increasingly emancipating itself from off-road vehicle features.

Around 15 years ago, the Nissan Qashqai established the crossover segment in Germany. The soft compact SUV is now entering its third generation: much more dynamic and a little electric than before.

Outwardly, the new model, again designed in the brand's European design center, is based on the livelier style of the smaller Juke and the larger E-model Ariya. Characteristic features are the large radiator grille flanked by two LED headlights and a more pronounced shoulder line that meets a roof sloping towards the rear. The dimensions have increased slightly compared to its predecessor, but with a length of just under 4,43 meters, the Qashqai is still one of the more manageable representatives of its class. Thanks to the new platform and a wheelbase that has grown by two centimeters, the space in the interior should have increased.

Nissan has also improved on the ambience. The first pictures show a tidy cockpit with a large free-standing touchscreen. In addition, there is improved infotainment with higher-resolution screens and more connectivity. For the first time, a head-up display is also available.

Nissan relies on electrification for the drive, but dispenses with a plug connection. Instead, the new generation of the crossover comes in two hybrid versions: as a mild hybrid and as an e-power model. The latter is a serial hybrid drive. The 140 kW / 190 PS electric motor does not share the drive work with the combustion engine, but does it all alone. The gasoline engine only functions as a steady and economical generator that generates the necessary driving current on the road. A large and expensive battery is therefore not necessary, and at the same time, unlike with the electric car, there are no range or charging problems, because the energy is stored on board in the form of liquid fuel. In return, CO2 is generated during the journey. Nissan reckons with around 122 grams per kilometer, which corresponds to a consumption of 5,3 liters of Super.

While the E-Power model more or less replaces the diesel engine that is no longer available, the petrol engine known from its predecessor has been given an electric upgrade program. The 1,3-liter turbo is supported by a 12-volt belt starter generator when starting and accelerating, which should bring a CO2 advantage of around 4 grams per kilometer. The Japanese do without the more expensive and more complex solution with 48-volt technology. Initially, two power levels with 103 kW / 140 PS and 116 kW / 158 PS have been announced. The stronger variant is the only one available with a continuously variable transmission and optionally with all-wheel drive. In all other versions, only the front wheels are driven. Today, the 4 × 4 waiver for compact SUVs is not uncommon, the first Qashqai was still one of the pioneers in this regard.

The second Qashqai was one of the first volume models with a motorway pilot who could take the wheel on short stretches of road. In the new generation, the technology is said to have become more powerful and, among other things, now automatically adjusts the speed to the current limits. He also takes it off the accelerator before bends and exits.

Nissen says nothing about the prices of the new Qashqai. The current generation starts at just under 27.000 euros, but as with discontinued models, it is not uncommon to only have relatively high equipment lines. A basic version of the new Nissan Qashqai should be in the price list for less than 25.000 euros.

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