A few weeks ago, Nissan showed us some images of the new generation of its Qashqai. Today, we are entitled to the virtual unveiling of the model, another new product which is being renewed by the company this year.
Some dealers must stamp their feet at the start of the year. The unveiled vehicle is meant to be the third generation of the product, but as far as we’re concerned, this will be our second, as the Qashqai debuted in 2006 before arriving a few years later, for 2017. Designed and made in the UK United, he will once again take his first steps on the Old Continent before arriving. We can guess that it will be presented to us somewhere this year for a debut in late 2021 or around 2022.
The proportions of the Qashqai, which slips between the Kicks and the Rogue in the range, remain unchanged, but its style is intended to be much less timid. We see the resemblance to the big brother, especially with the front which borrows the same visual signature. The grille is more massive, which we have also seen with the other new Nissan products unveiled recently. Clearly, the company wants to strengthen the image of its models, as well as their presence on the road.
Despite similar proportions, the new Qashqai is 25mm taller, 35mm longer and 32mm wider. Its wheelbase has been lengthened by 20 mm. This translates to gains of 15mm for the head on board, as well as 28mm for the legs at the rear. Behind the seats in the second row, the new suspension configuration made it possible to lower the floor by 20 mm, which means that the cargo volume is increased by 50 liters.
Interestingly, the model is lighter thanks to the use of aluminum at the height of the doors, fenders and hood. The tailgate is made of composite materials. The structure is 41% stiffer, which should translate into a more engaged experience on the road; that will not hurt.
On board, a presentation with richer surfaces is to be emphasized. It was reported at the beginning of February, but seats offering a massage function will be offered with the more high-end models (we guess at the top of the family). Wireless charging for cellular devices is also on the menu for certain variations. On the dashboard, there is a 9-inch touch screen and it houses the new generation of Nissan’s multimedia system. This is of course compatible with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay applications.
In front of the driver is a 12.3-inch instrument cluster that can be configured to display various information, including navigation. Of course, we will take advantage of this kind of element on the most equipped model of the family. Ditto for the 10.8-inch head-up display system that debuted with the Rogue.
It must be remembered that we are still talking about a vehicle that has been successful because of the more affordable price of its entry-level versions. Nevertheless, by showing us all that it is capable of, Nissan is scoring points.
As for the semi-autonomous ProPilot driving system, it will be available with automatic transmission models. The latter of course allows you to be guided on the highway, but the version which will benefit the Qashqai also analyzes the navigation data to know when there is a curve or an exit ramp, in order to predict when it should brake. .
Mechanically, for the European market, two 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engines taking advantage of mild hybridity are possible, as is a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder hybrid. We will have to see what will be in store for us on this side. Right now our Qashqai is powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine delivering 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque.