Nissan has revealed the awaited hybrid version of the current Qashqai: the Qashqai e-power, which will arrive on sale in the UK this summer.
The Qashqai e-power is the brand’s first model in Europe to use the firm’s e-power hybrid technology, previously equipped on several models in Japan. It makes use of a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine developing 156bhp, which works in series with an electric motor system for a total power output of 188bhp and 330Nm torque. Nissan claims up to 53.3mpg and CO2 emissions from 119g/km.
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As in other hybrid SUV rivals, such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the engine acts as an electrical energy generator, sending charge to either the compact battery pack, directly to the electric motor, or to both simultaneously.
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The sole source of drive for the wheels is the electric motor system – the engine does not have a gear that locks and drives the wheels directly.
New technologies for the Qashqai e-power include a system called ‘Linear Tune’, which closely governs engine speed so that the revolutions per second does not sound out of sync with the speed the automobile is travelling. The Qashqai e-power also features partial one pedal driving, capable of minimizing the speed of the automobile to a slow creep, not a full stop.
Nissan Qashqai pricing and specifications
Prices and trim levels for the new third-generation Qashqai family SUV are out now, kicking off at £23,535 – prices for the e-Power hybrid models are not yet available.