First details announced of new Nissan Qashqai, including innovative hybrid powertrain

First details announced of new Nissan Qashqai, including innovative hybrid powertrain

The same model will come to the United States of America and Canada as the next Rogue Sport, though we'll have to wait for Nissan to confirm powertrain options for the North American market.

It's being tested on roads across Europe and is underpinned by a new CMF-C platform developed for the wider Nissan Alliance.

There are no plans for diesel, with a 1.3-litre 12V mild-hybrid petrol option for those choosing to stick to conventional combustion, but we suspect there will be more interest in the e-Power version.

Nissan claims this means improved refinement, ride comfort, driving response and safety.

To say the Qashqai / Rogue Sport is an important model for Nissan (especially during these dire times) is not even an understatement.

Now undergoing testing in Europe, it's built on the latest version of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's CMF-C platform, which makes use of more lightweight material as well as new manufacturing techniques to increase strength but to also reduce weight.

2021 Nissan Qashqai official teaser

Unlike many hybrids, however, the petrol engine will be only used to charge the batteries with the electric motor powering the front wheels.

"With Nissan's bold e-POWER technology, we feel that customers will fall in love with the feeling of an electric powertrain, without the range concerns", said Gianluca de Ficchy, Chairman, Nissan Africa, Middle East, India, Europe, and Oceania region.

Its front / rear doors, front fenders and hood are made of aluminum, further dropping the weight by 21 kg / 46.29 lbs. - total savings for the "body in white" reach 60 kg / 132.27 lbs. while rigidity has gone up by 41%.

The new Qashqai gets Macpherson strut suspension front and rear, with regular two-wheel drive models getting a torsion beam at the rear. Models equipped with 20-inch wheels, as well as AWD versions, will be equipped with a more advanced multi-link setup.

There will be more tech in the Qashqai, with Nissan talking about the developments to ProPilot - its driver assistance system - but we're expecting the build-up to the launch of this new vehicle to be a drip feed over the coming months.

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