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First details announced of new Nissan Qashqai, including innovative hybrid powertrain

Date: 13 November 2020   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Nissan has confirmed the first details of the new, third-generation version of its Qashqai SUV, due to arrive next year.

The new model, pictured in camouflaged pre-production form, will be available with a choice of two hybrid powertrains, one of which is referred to as e-Power, and uses a petrol engine to charge a battery that powers an electric motor comparable to those typically seen in pure EVs, with the petrol engine not directly connected to the wheels.

The other powertrain option with be a 1.3-litre petrol mild hybrid, which will come with a choice of two different power outputs.

The new Qashqai is based on a new Alliance CMF-C platform, which together with new manufacturing techniques means it is 60kg lighter and 41% stiffer than the outgoing model. 

Nissan claims this means improved refinement, ride comfort, driving response and safety.

The new Qashqai will also be available with an updated version of Nissan's ProPilot driver assistance system, which can adjust the car's speed based on reading road signs, picking up sat-nav speed limit data, and also using sat-nav data to slow for upcoming road features such as tight corners.

A new LED headlight system, designed to project a brighter beam without dazzling oncoming traffic, will also be available.

Nissan says a full unveiling of the new Qashqai will take place in spring 2021.