It will undoubtedly be one of the launches of 2021. We are talking about the new Nissan Qashqai 2021, the third generation of the king of kings that will arrive in the spring, the model that changed the concept of the sector. In the absence of already having one piece, what Nissan is doing is the typical commercial strategy by offering us little pills in the form of advances. This time, it was her turn.
The first thing the Japanese firm ensures is a substantial increase in perceived quality. From the Nappa leather that takes 25 days to produce to the feel and ergonomics of the different buttons. Elements such as the gear knob, which is small in size and which is accompanied by a circular driving mode selector on the 4WD versions, have been revised, while the storage spaces are considerably increased (for example, the door bottle holders that now support 1, 5 liters instead of the current 0.5 l).
On-board comfort has also improved thanks to the increase in its wheelbase (it does not say how much), which affects a 28 mm greater knee gap, up to 608 mm, while the height for the head in the front and rear has increased by 15 mm. The trunk, for its part, grows by 70 liters until reaching the final 504 liters.
Nissan Qashqai 2021 Interior
As it is distilled in any new invoice model, the driving position is completely digitized. The prominence is divided between the 12.3-inch frame, the 9-inch central touch monitor, and the 10.8-inch Head-up display with multiple pieces of information.
Also, it will be a connected 2021 Qashqai including, among others, the integration of smartphones through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (the latter wireless), integrated WiFi for up to seven devices, and NissanConnect Services. The Home-to-Car functions will be compatible with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa supporting a wide range of commands such as sending destinations to the car navigation system by talking to your smart device
Among some items of equipment, Nissan will continue to rely on Bose for the sound system, with an Acoustimass bass box located in the trunk, it will have an inductive charging space for mobiles with 15 W of power, the seats add a function for the first time massage with three different modes in the high-end versions for both front seats, as well as the memory function for the driver. The steering wheel, for its part, can now be heated.
Best selling SUV?
The current generation of the Nissan Qashqai accumulates more than a million units sold in just six years that it has been on the market, which makes it clear that it is a best seller. This makes things very difficult for his successor, who has the difficult mission of continuing to be a reference. The prototypes are still accumulating kilometers of tests, but they are already in a very advanced stage of development and their series production is already imminent, with the first units expected next spring.
Like its predecessors, the new Qashqai has been designed by the London-based Nissan Design Europe team, while its engineering has been the work of the Nissan Technical Center Europe, located in Cranfield, Bedfordshire ( UK). Production of the Qashqai will continue at Nissan’s Sunderland, UK factory.
The new Qashqai is the first new model in Europe to use the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance CMF-C platform, which represents cutting-edge structural and technological automotive architecture. Thanks to the use of composite materials and light alloys (doors and wings are made of aluminum), the new Qashqai weighs almost 3 kg less than the current model even though its equipment is more complete. All this weight saving makes it clear that it is planned to be ballasted later with batteries.
In the development of the new Qashqai, comfort, and safety have been basic premises. The suspensions have been completely reconfigured, with a new front subframe geometry that accommodates a McPherson gearbox and a new, class-exemplary fully independent multi-link rear axle.
The steering has also been modified and it has a new gear ratio and assistance that make driving more comfortable and precise in all situations.
Another fundamental pillar is efficiency. The new engines are less greedy, more environmentally friendly, and more efficient. The initial mechanical base is a 1.3 supercharged gasoline that is staggered with two power levels and which will be joined by an e-Power hybrid version that is rather an extended-range electric.
New Nissan Qashqai 2021: technology of the new decade
According to Nissan, in the future Nissan Qashqai e-Power, the wheels move exclusively with the work of electric motors, which receive energy from batteries, and the gasoline engine, whose sole function will be to produce electricity to power them.
The key difference compared to conventional hybrid models is that the electric motor is the same size as an Electric Vehicle (EV), thus providing the instant throttle response that is so popular with EV customers. The engine-driven generator maintains the battery charge, but can also transmit electricity directly to the engine for additional power. For its part, the combustion engine always operates in the optimal range of revolutions per minute to maximize fuel efficiency and thus minimize noise and offer a natural and connected feeling during maximum throttle requests.
For customers, e-POWER provides that unique sensation of instant, linear acceleration found in EVs, giving them a fun driving experience, but without the worry of range. It’s the perfect transition to EV driving, especially for long-mile drivers who will love the combination of comfort and refinement, as well as the car’s eco-efficiency.
“ Advanced and efficient powertrain options represent Nissan’s spirit of innovation, and there is no better example of this than the e-POWER system. It provides all the driving advantages of electric motorization without giving up anything. When it comes to Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the e-POWER system is a perfect example, “said David Moss.
Also, the equipment and technology have been brought up to date with the new generation. It could not be otherwise. In this way, the new Qashqai will have adaptive full led headlights, an improved Pro-Pilot system with new real-time information functions of the navigation system and driving assistants, a lateral obstacle detection system to avoid that the bollards are left behind. tattooed on the doors, state-of-the-art advanced driving assistants, and a state-of-the-art multimedia system with the latest trends in connectivity.