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New Nissan Qashqai: With clever hybrid power

The Nissan Qashqai is one of Germany's most popular SUVs. Now the third generation is at the start. It is only offered with hybrid engines. Nissan relies on a special technology. Info, data, pictures.

  • The body has only grown slightly

  • No more diesel engines, only hybrid petrol

  • Market launch in summer 2021 at prices from 23,000 euros

Actually, Nissan could have saved the lettering on the rear. Because although the third generation was newly developed and has also been given a different sheet metal cover, you can see at first glance: This is a Qashqai.

The Qashqai is Nissan's most important model

There is a reason that its appearance does not break with that of its predecessor: The compact SUV in the VW Tiguan and Ford Kuga class is a bestseller and in Germany it is by far best-selling model of the brand. The Qashqai is just as important for Nissan as the Golf is for VW. The manufacturer cannot allow himself to conduct daring experiments. And: The Qashqai must also set itself apart from the new Nissan Ariya. It will be launched on the market in 2021 as a purely electric and much bolder SUV and is roughly the same size as the bestseller.

The Nissan Qashqai is growing only moderately

In terms of body dimensions, Qashqai number three has seen moderate growth. In the length the Qashqai grows by 35 millimeters 4,43 meters, in the width by 32 millimeters 1,84 meters and in height by 10 millimeters to 1.64 meters. It is still compact and park-friendly. Because the wheels are also 20 millimeters further apart, the space available on the new model should improve. Nissan speaks of 28 millimeters more legroom and 15 millimeters more space above the head for the rear passengers.

The Trunk According to the manufacturer, it was 74 liters larger and now takes up more than 500 liters. Nissan has also improved all-round visibility: slimmer A-pillars at the front, a larger windshield and exterior mirrors mounted on the door instead of in the triangle between the door and window provide a better view of the front and the side.

There are still buttons in the Qashqai

Except the fully digital instruments there are no big surprises in the cockpit. Of course, in a very contemporary way, there is a large screen on the center console, which can also be easily linked to the smartphone via Android Auto and Apple Car Play. However, Nissan is obviously not participating in the war with the buttons, which other manufacturers are currently taking to extremes. For example, the heating can still be operated using classic buttons and dials, and there are "normal" buttons at the bottom of the screen. It may look less stylish than other models - that's what it is for intuitive to use.

Technology freaks will still get their money's worth, because not only a head-up display is available that projects relevant information directly onto the windshield. Also Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa can be integrated into the Nissan system and used like at home. The navigation map can now be updated "over the air", traffic data is available in real time, and certain functions can be remotely controlled via the app, such as entering a navigation destination from the living room.

It goes without saying that they are all modern too Assistance systems on board. The Japanese can drive semi-autonomously and come with a traffic jam assistant, they recognize cross-traffic and use map data in cruise control mode to brake automatically before a bend, for example.

Engines: three petrol engines for the SUV

At the drive the Qashqai has also arrived in the present. Diesel engines are no longer available, which is likely to hurt German customers in particular. After all, the diesel share of SUVs in this country is still high. The only choice is petrol. However, they are all electrified: The basis is a 1.3-liter four-cylinder, which is available with either 140 or 158 hp. In both versions, an integrated starter generator enables easy hybridization - the Qashqai cannot drive purely electrically, but the gasoline engine at least receives electrical support when accelerating. The stronger variant is also available with automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Fully hybrid "E-Power" as a special feature

The third engine is a special feature. It is the full hybrid version of the Qashqai and operates under the name "E-Power". A 1.5-liter gasoline engine with an output of 154 hp with an unusually powerful electric motor 140 kW coupled. The drive on the front axle is solely provided by the electric motor - while the gasoline engine runs along, but is only responsible for generating electricity.

This has two advantages: the petrol engine can always run in the optimal range and less energy is lost. And when accelerating, the Qashqai should react like an electric car, i.e. completely Accelerate without delay. Honda follows a similar principle with the CR-V and the new Jazz. An upcoming ADAC test will have to prove how this is reflected in consumption.

Price: Around 23,000 euros for the basic version

Nissan has not yet commented on the price, but the base model can be expected to cost around 23,000 euros. The Launch of the new Qashqai is said to be in Summer 2021 occur.

This is how the predecessor performed in the ADAC test:

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