Nissan Qashqai 2021 – successful model in a new version
Nissan will launch the third generation of the Qashqai next year. The crossover has been completely redesigned and also comes with an interesting electrical concept.
The prototypes of the new Quashqai generation are still out and about in black and white camouflage – but you can already guess that the new one does not differ fundamentally from its predecessor, at least externally in terms of proportions. The dimensions have grown slightly. The length of the Qashqai increased by 21 millimeters to 4,429 millimeters and the width by 32 to 1,838 millimeters. In terms of height, Nissan’s bestseller increased from 1,590 millimeters to 1,615 millimeters. There should also be a small surcharge for the interior: the wheelbase expanded by 20 to 2,666 millimeters. There are also larger wheels.
But otherwise, says Marco Fioravanti, Vice President of Nissan Europe, fundamental changes have been made. With the body, for example. The tailgate is now made of plastic composite material, the doors, front fenders and the bonnet are made of aluminum. That alone saves 23.6 kilograms in weight compared to the previous version. The proportion of high-strength steels in the vehicle structure has increased – according to Nissan by 50 percent. This, as well as the use of new stamping and joining techniques, ensure a significantly better crash structure and rigidity of the body.
Nissan’s new Qashqai also builds on an entirely new platform that will be used across the Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi alliance. In Europe, the CMF-C platform is premiering with the Qashqai. The once more angular basic structure of the platform is now more homogeneous and is supposed to better absorb forces that arise in the event of an impact via the crumple zones. In addition, the entire body shell is now 60 kilograms lighter.
The range extender is reborn
Nissan will produce the Qashqai with two engine variants. There is a 1.3-liter gasoline engine with a mild hybrid system and a power range from 138 to 155 hp. It is offered either with a manual gearbox or with an automatic CVT. Front-wheel drive will be the norm, but an all-wheel drive option is also available upon request. A lithium-ion battery and a belt-driven generator for recovering braking energy are located in the underbody of the gasoline engine. The recuperated energy can supply the electrical motor systems in the 12-volt system and extend the start-stop phases. In addition, the mild hybrid provides additional torque when accelerating and makes “sailing” possible: the vehicle is not braked by the engine as soon as you take your foot off the accelerator, but continues to roll on its own, saving fuel.
Nissan has christened the second drive variant “e-Power” and is basically an electric motor with a gasoline engine as a range extender. The Qashqai is powered by the front wheels and exclusively by an electric motor, which has an output of 188 hp. The combustion engine is not connected to the wheels, but acts as a generator, which supplies the battery with electricity, and if the power requirement is high, it also supplies the electric motor directly with electricity. Accordingly, the gasoline engine can always run in the most economical, optimal speed range. Nissan also promises that the new electric Qashqai can be driven like a pure Stromer: With quick and even acceleration without changing gear. Nice side effect of the drive concept: No problems with the range. In an emergency, a short stop at the gas station helps.
Nissan’s model of success
The suspension and steering were also modified. Front and rear MacPherson struts ensure contact with the road, at the rear there is a composite or multi-link axle depending on the tires and drive axle.
Nissan has also expanded the range of assistance systems for the Qashqai. The “ProPilot with Navi-Link” offers on the one hand functions such as automatic control of the speed up to a standstill in a traffic jam, but also a function that automatically adjusts the speed before narrow bends and driving out or intervenes in the steering when changing lanes there is another vehicle in the blind spot. Also new to the Qashqai are the headlights, which consist of twelve individual LED elements that can be individually deactivated when there is oncoming traffic and thus optimally illuminate the road without dazzling oncoming drivers.
For Nissan, the Qashqai is a model of success. Since the market launch in 2007, more than five million units have been sold worldwide and over three million units in Europe. If everything goes as planned, the third generation of the crossover will be available to order from the beginning of next year and be at dealers from the end of spring 2021. A seven-seater version like the Qashqai + 2 will no longer be available in the future.