Nissan has revealed the first official details of its new Qashqai crossover.
A NEW PLATFORM
The all new Nissan Qashqai will sit on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s CMF-C platform, said to be 60kg lighter and 41% stiffer than that of the out-going model.
The new platform has also raised its use of Nissan’s Ultra High Strength Steel by 50%, promising increased refinement, ride comfort and driving response for the C-segment crossover.
A new composite rear hatch and aluminium front and rear doors, front fenders and bonnet further add to the new car’s weight savings.
The two-wheel-drive Qashqai will utilise an updated MacPherson strut set-up in front and a torsion beam in the rear. Cars with 20-inch wheels and all-wheel-drive however, will have a multi-link set-up.
EFFICIENCY THROUGH ELECTRIFICATION
The Nissan Qashqai will be offered in the UK with a 1.3-litre engine paired with a 12-volt mild hybrid system. This motor will be offered with two power outputs, which will be revealed at a later date.
A e-POWER hybrid version, which utilises a petrol engine as a generator to power an electric motor will also be offered.
This powertrain option will give customers the acceleration response so popular among electric vehicle customers, without the need for a charging port.
A flat underbody and new active grille shutter will also help optimise the aerodynamics of the new Qashqai.
The Nissan Qashqai will also come with an upgraded ProPILOT driver assistance system, called ProPILOT with Navi-link. Said system is able to accelerate and brake the vehicle down to a standstill in stop-start traffic.
The new system can also read road signs and take into account navigation system speed limit data to slow the Qashqai to the appropriate speed. It will automatically slow down for approaching curves or exit ramps that have a tighter radius.
The Nissan Qashqai is expected to be launched in the UK in 2021.