Nissan has flung open the doorways of its engineering division to supply us with an in-depth take a look at the brand new Qashqai’s inside. The Japanese model says the brand new mannequin will provide extra practicality, higher packaging and improved know-how – all inside a physique shell that’s solely marginally bigger than the previous-generation mannequin’s
The third-generation Nissan Qashqai is 35mm longer and 30mm wider than its predecessor which, because of some intelligent organisation, has offered 22mm-worth of additional knee room for rear seat passengers and 28mm extra shoulder room for these up entrance. Front and rear headroom has additionally improved by round 15mm, because of the redesign.
The cabin is affected by a variety of incremental enhancements. For instance, the cupholders are actually mounted decrease down within the centre console, so the driving force doesn’t clout their elbow on their drink after they change gear, and there’s a brand new smartphone charging pad within the centre console which was designed to suit the biggest telephones available on the market.
Technology will get a lift, too. Nissan has fitted a brand new nine-inch infotainment system, which comes pre-loaded with a bunch of linked providers, comparable to gasoline worth comparability, dwell site visitors info and a pace digital camera location service, offered by TomTom.
It’s joined by a customisable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a ten.8-inch head-up show, which might present info on pace, navigation and driver help techniques. Nissan even drafted within the Japanese sport developer, Bandai Namco, to design the Qashqai’s varied warning sounds, comparable to its seat belt reminder.
Massaging seats are additionally now accessible for entrance seat passengers, which Nissan says is a primary for the Qashqai’s section. The model hopes that each one of those know-how enhancements will assist it seize patrons who’re downsizing from bigger autos, by providing the same stage of consolation from the category above.
It isn’t all bells and whistles, although – Nissan has additionally improved the previous Qashqai’s boot, because the earlier mannequin lagged behind its rivals. The barely bigger physique means there’s now 504 litres of area on provide, which is a rise of 74 litres over the Mk2 Qashqai – and sufficient of a achieve to deliver the SUV’s boot into rivalry with the SEAT Ateca’s.
The previous Qashqai’s versatile baggage boards have additionally been retained throughout the era change – however now they’re reversible. So, one aspect is trimmed to match the carpet within the SUV’s boot, whereas the opposite incorporates a wipe-down plastic coating, which Nissan says will make the boot flooring simpler to scrub.
New Nissan Qashqai: platform and powertrains
All of the Qashqai’s enhancements are helped alongside by the shift to a brand new platform, as the newest mannequin will transfer onto the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s CMF-C platform. It’s an up to date model of the present automobile’s underpinnings, which makes use of extra ultra-high-strength metal earlier than, whereas additionally being lighter, higher at absorbing impacts and 41 % stiffer.
Nissan says that drivers will really feel these modifications behind the wheel as a result of, alongside the enhancements to consolation, security and know-how, the model’s engineers are engaged on methods to make the subsequent Qashqai higher to drive than its predecessor.
So, it’ll characteristic new MacPherson struts entrance and rear – each of which may have reprofiled dampers which can be designed to supply a great compromise between dealing with and luxury. All-wheel-drive variations will characteristic multi-link rear suspension rather than a torsion beam and Nissan has labored on the automotive’s steering system, claiming improved responsiveness.
It’s underneath the bonnet the place issues actually change for the brand new automotive, nonetheless. Diesel is totally off the menu, with a slimmed-down petrol-only line-up taking its place. Buyers can select from two 1.3-litre mild-hybrids, plus a unconventional e-Power-branded vary extender mannequin.
Nissan’s 1.3-litre mild-hybrid petrol engine will probably be accessible with both 136bhp or 153bhp, and patrons will probably be provided the selection of a handbook or CVT automated transmission. CVT-equipped automobiles will even be accessible with all-wheel drive.
Technical particulars for the agency’s upcoming e-Power hybrid stay underneath wraps, however Nissan has confirmed that it’ll produce 185bhp. In this setup, fairly than instantly feeding the wheels, the petrol engine is used to cost a battery which powers an electrical motor. A plug-in hybrid model of the Qashqai gained’t be coming, although, with Nissan as a substitute prioritising e-Power tech and all-electric autos comparable to the brand new Ariya, the Qashqai’s electrical sibling.
Few automobiles have made such an affect on a model’s fortunes than the Qashqai has for Nissan. Since its launch in 2007 the agency has bought greater than three million throughout Europe, and final yr the Mk2 mannequin nonetheless accounted for 235,000 items throughout the continent.
The new Qashqai will even be a massively vital automotive for the UK automotive business. Since its introduction, the SUV has been at Nissan’s Sunderland plant – and the automotive’s manufacturing volumes outweigh another automotive at the moment made in Britain. This Mk3 model will probably be constructed there, too, as a part of a £400 million funding within the manufacturing unit.
Q&A: Marco Fioravanti
VP product planning, Nissan Europe
Described as the person answerable for “driving the long run line-up” for Nissan’s European operations, Fioravanti’s job is to find out what automobiles the producer sells.
Q: Why have you ever determined to drop diesel energy for the next-generation Qashqai?
A: “In the area we now have already communicated our intention to progressively discontinue the diesel providing in keeping with the renewal of our fashions. With e-Power, we’re overly assured that our clients will probably be way more seduced by this provide. We can undoubtedly convert with this provide.”
Q: Why did you determine in opposition to introducing a plug-in hybrid model of the brand new Qashqai for European patrons?
A: “We have inside the Alliance the know-how, however we’re very assured that e-Power know-how goes to distinguish us from the remainder of the competitors.”
Q: Could you be tempted to broaden the Qashqai’s horizons into new derivatives, comparable to coupé-SUVs?
A: “At the second we don’t see the necessity. We are very centered on this present idea. The Qashqai is useful and sensible, however dynamic. The buyer base is already vast.”
Q: Do you propose to introduce a efficiency model of the newest Qashqai? Could you utilize the Nismo model?
A: “I can not affirm something to you, however the Qashqai is our key mannequin in Europe and we aren’t closing any doorways. The life cycle goes to be lengthy and we now have plenty of good intention and skill inside Nissan; we’re enthusiastic as a result of this isn’t the tip of the story. I’m fairly certain we’re going to shock you sooner or later.”
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