The third generation of Nissan qashqai is just around the corner (debuts on Thursday 18 of February) and, according to the brand itself, it will be a completely new car. It will hit the market this year and, as might be expected, it will be built on the new CMF-C platform de la Alianza, a showcase of advanced engineering, innovation and technology.
Nissan claims to have preserved the guiding principles that have driven the concept, design and development of the previous two generations of the Qashqai: elegant design, improved bodywork and efficient motorization, all combined with high quality and a driving experience worthy of a higher segment.
Like its predecessors, the design of the new Qashqai has been carried out by the team of Nissan Design Europe, based in London (United Kingdom), while its engineering has been the work of the Nissan Technical Center Europe, located in Cranfield, Bedfordshire (UK). Production will remain at the Sunderland factory (UK).
The most advanced technologies in the Nissan Smart Mobility and new high-quality materials will accompany smart features and carefully thought-out details that will enhance the cabin offering cutting-edge design and greater practicality.
Depending on the brand, the new seat materials create a cozy and luxurious cabin in which to relax. The new Nappa leather design It takes 25 days to produce and it takes more than 60 minutes to embroider the new 3D diamond quilted design. Added a massage function with three different modes in the high-end versions for both front seats.
The new one white ambient lighting It will accompany a more ergonomic and technological cabin in which aesthetic switches and tactile buttons will also stand out. The center console design It has been optimized through collaboration between Nissan designers and engineers, both in terms of ergonomics and usability.
The centerpiece of that console is a new, smaller smart gear selector for the automatic versions. In the 4WD versions, a driving mode selector has been designed with a matt chrome ring and piano black finish, giving the driver tactile access to the different driving modes.
The new Qashqai offers a advanced infotainment system with best-in-class connected service offering, including easy integration of smartphones, built-in Wi-Fi for up to seven devices and NissanConnect Services, a specific application to control and monitor the vehicle.
NissanConnect’s larger, higher-resolution 9-inch display is the digital gateway to vehicle navigation, entertainment and settings, and is compatible with Android Auto Y Apple CarPlay. In addition, it has also been incorporated Apple CarPlay wireless.
Either via DAB radio or from a smartphone, audio reproduction is guaranteed thanks to the Bose Premium sound system, a device that has 10 speakers plus the Bose Acoustimass bass box, located in the trunk.
A new 12.3 inch TFT multi-information display High definition and fully electronic offers a selection of customizable layouts to display information about navigation, entertainment, traffic or the vehicle itself, all controlled from a new touch control located on the steering wheel.
The innovative front screen (Head-Up Display, HUD) 10.8-inch offers the largest image size in the segment. Key information about navigation, driver assistance and road conditions is projected onto the windshield, within the driver’s line of sight, allowing you to stay focused on the road for added comfort and confidence behind the wheel.
The 2021 Nissan Qashqai will keep the proportions of the current model, but it will be much lighter: the tailgate reduces its weight by 2.6 kg, the structure has 50% more ultra-high-strength steel, the doors, the front fender and the hood reduce another 21 kg … total body is 60 kg lighter and 41% stiffer than the previous model.
The longer wheelbase The new Qashqai allows even more space for users. Rear occupant knee room has been increased by 28mm to 608mm. There is also more distance between the driver and the front passenger. Headroom at the front and rear has been increased by 15mm.
The increased seat height and improved lateral adjustmentor they can comfortably fit a wider range of body types – 145cm to 192cm tall adults. The higher-end Qashqai front seat cushion tilt also offers even more customizable comfort.
The hands-free power tailgate provides effortless access to the boot when the user has their hands full. The total boot capacity has increased by more than 70 liters compared to the previous generation model, reaching the 504 liters thanks in part to the 20mm lower floor in the cargo area as a result of improved rear suspension.
What it does not maintain are the diesel mechanics, betting on the innovative e-POWER propulsion system of Nissan in Europe, consisting of a high-performance battery, gasoline engine, electric generator, inverter and an electric motor. Its peculiarity is that the gasoline engine is not connected to the wheels; just charge the battery.
The other alternative is a 1.3-liter gasoline engine flexible and efficient with 12V micro hybrid technology, incorporating a separate lithium battery installed under the ground and a belt driven generator to collect braking energy. Will be available with two different power levels that, for now, we do not know.
The new Qashqai promises to continue to offer a rewarding driving experience, for which suspension and steering have been modified. It has an updated McPherson configuration at the front and rear. For the two-wheel drive Qashqai with tires up to 19 ”, the rear suspension incorporates a torsion bar.
For the versions with 20-inch wheels and four-wheel drive, it is equipped with a Multi-link advanced configuration. In this new version, it is mounted on the subframe using bushings, which reduce the noise coming from the road and the vibrations transmitted from it. And no less interesting is its technology.
The new Qashqai is equipped with the next generation of driver assistance technology ProPILOT, offering increased driver support in a wider range of situations. This new generation is called ProPILOT with Navi-link designed to reduce driving stress and fatigue, with very intuitive operation.
It has adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go, keeping and centered in the lane, recognition of signals with speed adjustment, active blind spot assist, “side protection” warning for urban situations, rear cross traffic assistant … It is available at starting from the N-Connecta middle level. Also new will be the LED matrix headlights.