Compact crossover gets larger, new electrified models
Adds improved driver assistance features
Nissan has just revealed an all-new Qashqai in Europe, the third generation of Nissan’s compact crossover with a new platform and a new hybrid drive system joining the standard gas engine options.
Nissan has stretched the Qashqai 20 mm in wheelbase and 35 mm overall, while it’s 32 mm wider for a more imposing stance. Nissan’s V-Motion grille is flanked by headlights slimmer than the outgoing model with full LED matrix lamps. 20-inch wheels are offered for the first time, filling the arches of this compact crossover. The extra size means 28 mm more rear knee room, more headroom, and the driver and front passenger now sit farther apart for increased comfort.
Inside, Nissan says it has set a new segment standard for feel, design, and usability, and have fitted it with new ambient lighting and a much more modern appearance. Wireless Apple CarPlay is new, and it will have the wired version of Android Auto, both on a larger 9.0-inch screen with NissanConnect services. The dash is a 12.3-inch digital display that is configurable and has a Japanese Kiriko cut glass texture for the background.
We’ll point out that this is an international version of the Nissan Qashqai, and with the North American model getting a slight refresh just over a year ago, it’s likely going to be at least a year or two before we could see this model, but we do still expect to see it in Canada eventually.
The standard powertrain is a 1.3L turbocharged engine making 138 hp (or 156 hp optionally) with a six-speed stick or a CVT for the more powerful engine. It has a mild-hybrid system to allow for idle stop/start as well as adding torque under power.
Also new is Nissan’s e-Power system that integrates a 154 hp variable compression gas engine and 188 hp electric motor, the latter similar to that of Nissan’s EVs. Only the electric motor drives the wheels, so one-pedal driving is possible. It’s more a regular hybrid in practice, since no electric range was given.
Nissan’s ProPilot driver assistance has been upgraded with Navi-link, which accelerates and brakes the car in its lane while maintaining position in-lane. The new system can slow for speed limit changes as well as turns, saving the driver from the need to adjust their speed. Flank protection is another new feature designed to help in urban situations like turning too sharply into a parking space and stopping you from striking another vehicle. The all-new 2021 Nissan Qashqai is expected at European dealers this summer.