Nissan Qashqai (2021): SUV world premiere on February 18

Nissan Qashqai (2021): SUV world premiere on February 18
© Germany Nissan Qashqai (2021) Teaser

We summarize what is known so far


Without it, Nissan would have a problem: the Qashqai is by far the brand’s most popular model in Germany. Now the third generation of the compact SUV is getting ready to go. The new edition will be officially presented on February 18, 2021. As is common, there is a teaser picture beforehand in Salami Tactic.

On it you can see part of the front end, more precisely: the new headlights. They are not designed as extreme as the smaller Juke. The daytime running lights in the form of an inverted C stretch along the narrow LED headlights to the lower edge of the bonnet. The new Qashqai adopts this look from the US models Pathfinder and Armada, probably to create a global SUV family resemblance.

At the same time, Nissan also delivered a 15-second video (see above). There is a brief glimpse of the interior, which the brand showed us some time ago in other teaser images (in the gallery at the end of this article). The clear digital instruments and the touchscreen on the dashboard are striking. In general, the cockpit looks much higher quality than before.

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Nissan has also already commented on the engines: There will no longer be a diesel in the new Qashqai. The 1.3 DIG-T turbo gasoline engine, on the other hand, is still offered in two horsepower levels. He gets mild hybrid, there is from now on with 140 and 158 hp. Only the more powerful engine is optionally available with automatic CVT or all-wheel drive.

A completely new drive, on the other hand, is the e-Power system. In the Qashqai it provides an impressive 190 hp and 330 Newton meters. A 1.5 DIG-T with 157 HP is used as a combustion engine, which drives an electricity generator and thus supplies energy for the electric motor.

With an impressive 140 kW, this would not disgrace a purely electric car either. Fast computers have recognized that the total output is just as large as the maximum output of the electric motor. That makes sense because the Qashqai 1.5 DIG-T e-Power is only powered electrically, the combustion engine only supplies the electricity.

Other innovations from Nissan:

The advantage of this range extender principle (one can also say: the serial hybrid drive) is that the gasoline engine can always run in its optimal speed range. Nissan also names the prompt response behavior, which is supposed to be reminiscent of electric cars, as an advantage.