Nissan has revealed its new third-generation Qashqai crossover, which boasts new hybrid powertrains, a completely redesigned interior and more space than before.
The Sunderland-built Qashqai helped to create the hugely popular crossover segment today, and it remains the best-selling model in this segment, with more than 600,000 sold in the UK since the introduction.
Based on a platform shared with Renault and Mitsubishi known as CMF-C, it allows the new model to feature hybrid powertrains for the first time.
Launching with a 1.3-litre mild-hybrid petrol engine available with 136bhp or 154bhp, it comes with the option of manual and automatic transmissions, while four-wheel-drive will be available, too.
Next year Nissan will also introduce a full hybrid model, which is called e-Power. It sees a 1.5-litre petrol engine combined with a generator, inverter and similarly-sized electric motor to the brand’s EVs – in total producing 184bhp. Unlike a normal hybrid, the engine is used solely to generate electricity, with the wheels driven just by the electric motor. Nissan promises ‘best level acceleration’ and ‘superior fuel efficiency’ to a standard petrol and diesel engine.
While not looking dramatically different to the outgoing Qashqai, the new model has grown marginally in size, and gains a bolder look thanks to a larger grille and full LED lighting, which are slimmer than before. Larger 20-inch alloy wheels alloys are available, along with new two-tone colour combinations.
Inside the Qashqai gets a tech makeover, with the new model coming with a larger nine-inch touchscreen boasting additional connectivity services, along with a configurable set of 12.-inch digital dials. It will also be available with a 10.8-inch head-up display, which is said to be the largest in this class.
With many Qashqais being bought as family cars, Nissan has worked hard to improve the model’s spaciousness, which was one of its predecessor’s weaknesses. The boot is 74 litres bigger than before – now measuring 504 litres – while a lower boot opening will make loading and unloading heavier items easier. There’s more headroom and legroom throughout, too, while wider opening rear doors make it easier to access the rear seats.
It’s also equipped with the next generation of Nissan’s ‘ProPilot’ driver assistance technology, with the Qashqai being one of the first cars the initial system was fitted to. Only available on cars equipped with the Xtronic CVT automatic gearbox, the system helps to keep the car in lane and can bring the car to a complete stop and set off again autonomously in heavy traffic. It’s also able to slow the car down for corners and when the speed limit changes.
Further technical details and specifications are set to be announced in the model’s run up to the launch, which is expected to be in the middle of the year. Expect an increase on the outgoing Qashqai’s £23,550 starting price.Enquire on a new Nissan Qashqai