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Nissan Qashqai (2021): Hybrid instead of diesel

With head-up display and massage seats
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2 Nissan brought the first generation of the Qashqai to the 007 Market, the second generation in 2014 and now the Japanese are introducing the third generation. The visual changes are still hidden under a camouflage film, but at least there is information about the dimensions: The width increases by 32 to 1,838 millimeters and the length by 35 to 4,429 millimeters - the height remains unchanged at 1,595 millimeters. Of the increase in length, 15 millimeters are accounted for by the front overhang and 20 millimeters for the wheelbase. There is an active flap behind the radiator grille that only opens when there is an increased need for cooling - when closed, it improves the aerodynamics of the Qashqai. And although the rear overhang remains unchanged, the trunk volume increases by 50 liters. The designers have expanded the storage space downwards for this.

Behind the front grill of the new Qashqai there is an active louvre that improves aerodynamics when closed - it just opens with increased cooling air requirement.

60 kilograms lighter

The new Qashqai is based on the Renault-Nissan platform CMF- C (Common Module Family). The flexible CMF platform is comparable to VW's MQB (Modular Transverse Toolkit). With the Qashqai, the engineers were able to make the body shell 60 kilograms lighter and 41 percent stiffer thanks to an adapted platform design. The tailgate is made of plastic, which saves 2.6 kilograms, the front fenders, the bonnet and the doors are made of aluminum, which saves another 21 kilograms. For improved strength andCrash safety, the proportion of high-strength steels increases by 50 percent.

The Qashqai grows by 35 millimeters in length.

Luxury equipment

Nissan can give its new Qashqai high-quality equipment on request. It starts on the outside: the electrically operated trunk lid can be opened with a gesture. The driver's seat can be adjusted over a larger area on the new model, which is why there is now room for people between 1.45 and 1.92 meters tall. The seats themselves have diamond-quilted nappa leather and a massage function. White ambient light reinforces the impression of high quality.

Further changes compared to the predecessor are a smaller selector lever for the stepless automatic and a driving mode switch enhanced with a matt chrome ring and piano lacquer.

The central infotainment screen is nine inches.

With head-up display

For the Nissan now offers driver ergonomics with a 10.8-inch head-up display, which is particularly ergonomic. The diagonal of the instrument display is 12.3 inches, the central infotainment screen is nine inches. The infotainment system is capable of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and up to seven mobile devices can be connected via a WiFi hotspot. Smartphones suitable for this can for the first time be inductively charged in the Qashqai - with a charging power of 15 watts. Large devices such as the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (16.1 cm x 7.8 cm x7 millimeters). For good sound, there is a system from Bose that includes a bass box placed in the trunk.

Diamond-quilted nappa leather for the seats.

GPS Car Tracking

The Qashqai's TomTom navigation system offers Among other things, the 'My Car Finder' function, with which the parked car can be found again. The 'Stolen Vehicle Tracking' works on the same technical basis, which not only enables the stolen vehicle to be found again, but also establishes round-the-clock contact with the police and customer service and sends out automatic notifications in the event of theft . Customer service can be contacted around the clock, for example in the event of a breakdown, at the push of a button.

Nissan developed the sound of the warning tones together with the Japanese computer game developer Bandai Namco - the manufacturer promises more harmonious tones than so far.

The driving mode selection button now has a matt chrome ring and is painted with piano lacquer.

Two rear axle constructions

For the chassis, Nissan uses MacPherson struts on the front and rear axles. The design of the rear axle also depends on the respective wheel size: the front-wheel drive versions with 19-inch wheels have a light but simpler torsion-beam axle, the versions with all-wheel drive and /or 20-inch wheels have a multi-link axle. So if you order a front-wheel drive with 20-inch vehicles, you will get the multi-link axle. The revisedSteering should provide better feedback, an improved steering feel in the middle position and less friction than the predecessor.

Models with 19-inch wheels and /or front-wheel drive get a torsion-beam rear axle , Variants with all-wheel drive and /or 20-inch wheels are equipped with a multi-link rear axle.

Assistance systems further developed

Nissan has massively developed its assistance system package - it is now called 'ProPilot with Navi-Link' . The adaptive cruise control works together with the Lane Keeping Assist and can also handle stop-and-go traffic. The cruise control also takes into account information from traffic sign recognition and navigation data - it reduces the speed in front of tight bends and roundabouts. The blind spot warning is now active: If the driver wants to change to an already occupied lane, the lane change assistant will counteract this. In addition, there is now a so-called flank protection: This warns the driver of difficult-to-see obstacles that are to the side of the vehicle, such as bollards, when cornering very tightly - but also warns of corners that are too tight due to cornering There is a risk of lateral collision. Another update concerns reversing out of parking spaces: motion detection should help avoid impending collisions. ProPilot with Navi-Link is available from the middle equipment line N-Connecta at an additional cost.

The Flank Protection System warns the driver if he could touch an obstacle positioned on the side because of a curve that was too tight.

LED headlights were already available from the predecessor for an extra charge - now comes a matrix function that fades out oncoming traffic.

Two 12-volt mild hybrids

diesel engines are no longer available for the new Qashqai - Nissan simply follows the market here: the demand for diesel engines has fallen massively in the past few years, and the trend is still falling. The basic engine is a 1.3-liter gasoline engine in two power levels. In the 138 hp stage, the engine is coupled to a manual six-speed gearbox and front-wheel drive. The expansion stage with 155 PS offers more choice: With front-wheel drive, the customer can choose between the manual switch and a stepless automatic (CVT: Continuously Variable Transmission). There is also an all-wheel drive variant, which is always equipped with the CVT. The engine is basically coupled to a 12-volt mild hybrid system. This enables energy to be recovered when decelerating, sailing, a longer service life of the start-stop function and electrical assistance when accelerating. A lithium ion battery is located in the sub-floor to store the recovered energy.

The surcharge-required assistance system 'ProPilot with Navi-Link' includes, among other things, traffic sign recognition.

New serial hybrid

The top engine of the new Qashqai is a serial hybrid system called e-Power with 188 hp. The internal combustion engine only drives a generator, the current of which flows either to the battery or directly to the electric motor. This hybrid technology has so far only rarely been used in passenger cars: the BMW i3 with range extender is such an example - however, the battery of the i3 can be recharged externally and since 2018 the version with range extender has only been on the market in the USA and Japan . GM spoke about the first generation of the Chevrolet Volt /Opel Amperainitially also from a serial hybrid technology - until later it emerged that in 'operating mode 4' the internal combustion engine delivered drive power that directly affects the wheels. Large commercial vehicles sometimes work with serial hybrid systems based on diesel engines: In the fully loaded 600-tonne Liebherr T282 dump truck, a 20-cylinder diesel engine generates 3,650 hp, which only drives a generator that supplies the electricity for the two rear-axle wheel hub motors.

When reversing out of a parking space, the assistance system warns of other approaching road users (left). If the driver threatens to miss a vehicle driving in the blind spot, the active assistant directs him back into his original lane (right).

Nissan itself has been using a serial hybrid system for the Note on the Japanese market since 2017. There, a 1.2-liter petrol engine that has been modified from a compressor to a naturally aspirated engine (the engine works in a fully internal combustion engine-powered Note when charged) drives a generator, whose electricity in turn drives the electric motor from the Nissan Leaf. The intermediate storage battery there has a capacity of only 1.5 kilowatt hours, the standard consumption should be 2.9 liters of super. Nissan has not yet revealed the storage capacity of the battery for the Qashqai e-Power. But what we already know: External recharging of the battery is not provided here either.

Electric driving with a combustion engine

The e-Power drive should enable an electric driving experience without fear of range - it only available as a front-wheel drive variant. It is also not yet known whether it will also lead to an efficiency advantage in the Qashqai.

Nissan will be delivering the new Qashqai from the end of spring 2021, the e-Power variant will be launched a few months later. The Japanese have not yet announced prices. But they shouldn't differ too far from those of the predecessor. Its starting price (in November 2020) is 21,241 euros


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