2021 Nissan Qashqai gets hybrid-only powertrains

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Author: | Updated: 18 Jan 2021 10:04

The all-new Nissan Qashqai is officially on its way, and is set for a full reveal in spring 2021.

Finally, there’s going to be a hybrid Qashqai on the UK roads. We’ve also been treated to some interior pics of a cabin that Nissan claims will set a “new segment standard for premium feel, distinctive design and enhanced usability”.

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We have a good idea of what the outside will look like too. Here’s everything we know about the all-new Qashqai so far.

Nissan Qashqai looks

Although the photos that have been released by Nissan show the Qashqai in full camouflage, it’s quite easy to see that this all-new model will likely resemble the current model in lots of ways.

You can see the familiar touches; a sloping bonnet incorporating the brand’s V-shaped trademark grille and flared rear wheel arches.

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Nissan has confirmed that the new Qashqai features aerodynamics designed to keep air flowing under the car to reduce drag.

This will boost efficiency. Sources say the new Qashqai will feature an advanced headlight system that can adjust their brightness according to road conditions. We’ll have to wait a little longer for more teasers on the design front though.

Nissan Qashqai interior and infotainment

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Nissan has revealed some photos of the new Qashqai’s interior, which will feature seat materials that create “an inviting and sumptuous cabin in which to relax”.

Attention has been paid to ensure improved ergonomic and aesthetic qualities across the board. In plain English, that means the buttons and controls will have a nicer touch to them.

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All models are set to get an advanced infotainment system, with a higher res 9in touchscreen display. This will be the gateway to navigation, stereo, and a host of other vehicle settings. It will be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too.

Meanwhile, the driver will get a new 12.3in driver display (spec-dependent) and an advanced head-up display will be available too. This 10.8in projection will display road info, satnav and other key details into the driver’s field of vision.

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Nissan Qashqai driving and engines

The biggest news of all? It has to be the fact the Nissan has decided to say goodbye to diesel, and welcome either a mild-hybrid four-cylinder turbocharged engine or the new ePower hybrid system.

All of the latest Qashqai models will feature a 12V mild-hybrid system, which has been chosen due to its affordability over the 48V set-up, which is then mated to a small lithium-ion battery to offer torque assist and improved stop-start functionality.

The engine is offered in 138hp or 156hp forms, in which the 156hp version can be specified with all-wheel drive.

Nissan has confirmed that the new Qashqai will get a revised suspension and steering design, which will allow for a more precise and confidence-inspiring drive. The all-wheel drive variants will get an advanced multi-link set-up too, maximising comfort and offering a more controlled response to bumps and shocks.

The power steering has been upgraded, offering improved response, better feeling around the central part of the steering range and reduced friction.

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Nissan Qashqai release date

To date, the extremely popular Qashqai has found 3m homes across Europe – and 5m globally. The new model arrives in Spring next year, and Nissan will hope its unrivalled popularity as a family car will continue.

We’ll bring you more details on this all-new model as they are revealed, but if you don’t want to wait, here’s some reasons you should consider leasing a Nissan Qashqai right now.

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