AUTO NEWS – New 2021 Nissan Qashqai priced from £23,535

New 2021 Nissan Qashqai priced from £23,535

Nissan has revealed the complete vary of costs and trim ranges for the brand new third-generation Qashqai household SUV, which is on sale within the UK now priced from £23,535. Nonetheless, e-Energy hybrid fashions will not be but accessible. 

The vary opens with the Visia grade automobile, which is powered by Nissan’s new 138bhp 1.3-litre DIG-T mild-hybrid turbocharged petrol engine at the side of a guide gearbox. Stepping as much as the Acenta Premium mannequin sees the worth rise to £26,135 with the identical engine and gearbox mixture, although the extra highly effective model 156bhp 1.3-litre petrol unit is priced from £26,855 – a £720 premium. This mannequin can also be accessible with an computerized gearbox, taking the worth as much as £28,455. 

N-Connecta and Tekna trims can be found with each powertrain provided on the brand new Qashqai, ranging from £28,305 and £30,845 respectively. These grades additionally supply the choice of four-wheel drive, however this set-up is just accessible at the side of Nissan’s extra highly effective 156bhp 1.3 DIG-T engine and CVT computerized transmission, with costs ranging from £32,335 in N-Connecta trim.

There’s a range-topping Tekna+ trim too. It’s not provided with the entry degree 138bhp engine and guide gearbox, and is just accessible with the extra highly effective 156bhp engine, both with front-wheel drive (guide or CVT computerized) or four-wheel-drive. It’s priced from £34,175. 

The £29,270 launch-spec Premiere Version trim stays accessible in restricted numbers. 

It’s powered by Nissan’s new 138bhp 1.3-litre DIG-T mild-hybrid turbocharged petrol engine at the side of a guide gearbox, whereas an computerized Xtronic choice is obtainable when paired with Nissan’s extra highly effective DIG-T mild-hybrid engine. This powertrain prices from £31,790 in Premiere Version trim.

This high-spec mannequin comes loaded with equipment, together with a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav and wi-fi Apple CarPlay, a 12.3-inch digital sprint and a ten.8-inch head-up show.

On high of this patrons additionally profit from a wi-fi cellphone charging pad, which Nissan claims is the quickest within the phase. 4 wired USB charging ports are additionally customary.

Matrix LED lights are included, together with Nissan’s new ProPilot with Navi Hyperlink semi-autonomous driving system, which makes use of knowledge from the sat-nav to assist regulate sure components of the automobile’s set-up relying on the street you’re on. That is solely accessible on computerized fashions; ProPilot with Drive Help is customary on manual-equipped Premiere Version automobiles.

This trim degree additionally will get a two-tone color alternative and matt silver roof rails, plus 18-inch diamond minimize alloy wheels, in addition to completely different inside trim.

New Nissan Qashqai intimately

The all-new 2021 Nissan Qashqai is the third technology of the best-selling household SUV within the UK. The brand new mannequin will get an entire ground-up overhaul, which incorporates new styling, higher practicality, upgraded in-car and security tech, plus extra environment friendly engines – together with an all-new hybrid powertrain.

The 2021 Qashqai comes following Nissan’s current announcement that it has bought over a million crossovers within the UK alone for the reason that first technology Qashqai launched again in 2007. That mannequin set the template for household automobiles over the following decade, making SUVs extra well-liked and influencing patrons, tempting them away from standard household hatchbacks just like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.

The brand new Qashqai’s exterior design evolves its predecessor’s styling with a glance that’s extra strong and substantial regardless of rising by simply 35mm in size and 32mm in width. There’s additionally an extended wheelbase to create an additional 28mm of legroom within the rear. 

The entrance will get an up to date interpretation of Nissan’s ‘V-Movement’ grille, and it is flanked by slim LED headlights which minimize a C-shaped slash into the fascia. The refreshed look is helped by a floating roof impact, made doable by a contrasting paint end for the highest. There are 11 exterior color choices accessible, 5 of which will be chosen with a contrasting roof for a complete of 16 combos. Wheel sizes vary from 17-20 inches – that most is one inch bigger than what was provided on the second-generation Qashqai.

Inside, the Qashqai’s cabin is a good leap ahead in each design and end. A horizontal sprint structure sees the infotainment display positioned on high of the sprint, with the vents and bodily air-conditioning controls moved under. 

Nissan Qashqai: new infotainment and connectivity

The infotainment system now makes use of a nine-inch touchscreen with a a lot sharper decision than earlier than, plus on-line companies that embrace gasoline costs, Google road view and velocity digicam info. Android Auto and wi-fi Apple CarPlay are provided too.

Whereas the earlier Qashqai’s conventional analogue dials and low-resolution, sluggish infotainment system meant it lagged behind the most effective within the class for tech, the brand new mannequin is introduced proper updated due to a brand new digital instrument cluster. 

The customisable 12.3-inch display permits the motive force to prioritise driving knowledge, sat-nav, leisure or automobile info, all by way of controls on the brand new steering wheel. That new panel is backed up by a ten.8-inch head-up show – the biggest of its sort on this phase – on the very best trim ranges.

There’s additionally extra connectivity, because the NissanConnect smartphone app permits homeowners to remotely management the automobile’s locks, lights and horn, plus ship locations to the automobile’s navigation system.

Nissan Qashqai: hybrid engines and chassis

One other large change for the Qashqai comes beneath the bonnet. The Japanese model has dropped diesel engines from the line-up, so the majority of the vary is stuffed by an evolution of the outdated automobile’s 1.3-litre DIG-T turbo petrol unit, now with mild-hybrid tech. It provides 22kg in weight, however reduces CO2 output by as much as 4g/km, Nissan claims.

The engine is obtainable with both 138bhp or 156bhp and as much as 270Nm of torque. Entrance-wheel drive is customary on base fashions, whereas four-wheel drive is elective for essentially the most highly effective mild-hybrid. A CVT computerized with artificially stepped ratios can also be on supply.

The largest change, although, comes within the type of an all new hybrid unit, referred to as ‘e-Energy’. It makes use of a variable compression ratio 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electrical motor that delivers a complete of 184bhp and 330Nm of torque. The brand new system is front-wheel-drive solely.

Nonetheless, it differs from hybrid methods utilized in automobiles just like the Toyota Prius as a result of the combustion unit by no means drives the wheels immediately. As a substitute, it acts as a generator, offering cost to a small battery, which then sends power to the electrical motor. 

In keeping with Nissan, this provides the e-Energy unit traits we’ve come to anticipate from totally electrical autos, corresponding to on the spot torque supply and seamless acceleration. Official emissions and financial system figures are to be confirmed, nevertheless it ought to make this variant essentially the most fuel-efficient mannequin within the lineup.

Identical to the Nissan Leaf, the Qashqai e-Energy shall be able to one pedal driving. Nonetheless, all-electric zero emissions operating shall be restricted to round one mile solely.

The newest Qashqai rides on an up to date model of its predecessor’s CMF-C structure. Nissan has used extra high-strength metal, optimised the chassis’s bonding methods and designed a reshaped ground construction to make the platform stronger and extra inflexible than ever. 

Regardless of this, the body-in-white is 60kg lighter than earlier than, whereas additional weight has been saved due to an aluminium bonnet, doorways and entrance wings, plus a composite boot lid. The wheelbase has grown by 20mm, serving to increase room inside, whereas Nissan says that the suspension structure has additionally been redesigned. 

On the entrance there’s an up to date MacPherson strut set-up, whereas fashions outfitted with four-wheel drive or those who experience on 20-inch wheels get a multi-link arrange on the again. The remainder of the vary makes use of a torsion beam association. Revisions to the steering setup purpose to enhance precision and improve really feel across the straight-ahead.

Nissan Qashqai: improved practicality and security

The expansion in dimension of the platform has helped increase the extent of flexibility on supply – all-important for a household SUV. Focus has gone into growing the impression of width inside, helped by the best way the sprint cuts into the door trim. Nonetheless, that feeling can also be due to a bodily wider cabin, which has given entrance occupants an additional 28mm of shoulder room.

Practicality has improved elsewhere, too. The Qashqai’s boot house has grown to 504 litres, which is 74 litres greater than the earlier mannequin provided, and near the 520-litre Skoda Karoq. The 2-piece false ground is reversible with a wipe clear facet, whereas additional lighting and a 12-volt socket make the house extra usable than on the outgoing automobile.

The door cubbies are bigger than with its predecessor, the cup-holders have been repositioned in order that they don’t get in the best way of gearchanges, and Nissan says {that a} new wi-fi charging pad can cost a smartphone gadget quicker than related setups in any of its rivals. Entry to the again seats is made simpler due to doorways that now divulge heart’s contents to 85 levels, which might show helpful in the event you’ll be strapping kids into their baby seats.

The newest Qashqai advantages from a variety of recent and up to date driver help methods. Nissan’s ProPilot semi-autonomous adaptive cruise management has been enhanced for the newest Qashqai and might adapt to street situations, corresponding to velocity restrict knowledge offered by means of a hyperlink to the sat-nav.

The blind spot warning system can now intervene and make a steering enter so that you don’t transfer into visitors in an adjoining lane, whereas the automobile can mechanically brake if the motive force reverses in direction of oncoming autos. There’s additionally the same old degree of tech on the subject of autonomous emergency braking.

Q&A with Matthew Weaver

Vice President, Nissan Design Europe

Q: It have to be tough designing a automobile that’s as well-liked because the Qashqai. How do you resolve what should change and what particulars ought to be carried over?

A: I believe we’ve hit on a golden zone with the brand new Qashqai. Individuals must recognise that it’s a Qashqai right away, as Qashqai has grow to be a family title. However at Nissan we attempt to push fairly arduous and evolve the phase. We have now 20 rivals in Europe on this phase, so for the design we wished fairly a giant soar from the present technology – I believe we’ve performed that, but we’ve saved that DNA.

We have now sure issues across the automobile in an effort to determine; the V-Movement grille, which from the primary mannequin to now has slowly grow to be extra of a precedence. With the Qashqai it’s all the time the silhouette that’s key. The earlier automobile was simply the precise dimension so we did not utterly change that for this automobile, it didn’t develop massively or grow to be a a lot tougher define. Significantly the rear display and the A pillars are very ‘Qashqai.’ 

The bundle could be very related so we’ve acquired stance. 

Q: You’ve modified the C-pillar design fairly a bit from earlier fashions. What was the purpose there?

A: We’ve acquired a two-tone roof, firstly, and the factor with a two-tone is that you just don’t need masking traces. So we use the quarterlights or the panel splits, and we’ve gone tremendous flush with actually tight panel gaps. The 2-tone is sweet for reducing the gravity of a automobile [making it look lower], so it takes a sporty form and lowers the gravity a bit extra with out compromising head room.

Q: From side-on the boot lid seems to be virtually prefer it’s angled backwards. Is that to spice up boot house? 

A: It’s a couple of issues. The sloping window element could be very a lot Qashqai, as is the angle to the display to the badge. It’s additionally good for aerodynamics, and naturally we wished to extend boot capability. 

So total, with out increasing the automobile an excessive amount of we’ve discovered house. And it really stretches the cabin, so in the event you look from the facet, the automobile seems to be a bit quicker, so we’re making an attempt to get this very dynamic look to the automobile. 

Q: It’s apparent that the inside is totally completely different from the earlier one. What was your purpose inside? 

A: We wished to provide an uplifting feeling to the inside. It’s wider total, however really with the brand new instrument panel we wished to stress this width, so the chrome strip you see throughout the sprint actually pulls your eyes out to the door. We wished to drag it tremendous vast. 

The heating controls are fairly slim, and also you’ve acquired the nine-inch display on the highest. And we’ve tried to make use of extra wrapping on the doorways, so all the things feels prefer it’s upshifted in spec. 

We’ve acquired the 12-inch TFT digital show as nicely. We’ve additionally acquired ambient lighting, across the gearshift there is a chrome trim and there’s ambient lighting by means of there. There’s a precision to it – moderately than simply having a great deal of gentle flooding in, it’s simply these very nice pin stripes – I actually like that as a result of it’s refined. 

Q: And there’s been a give attention to bettering practicality, too…

Nissan is all the time proper on that, we now have to make issues look pretty much as good as we are able to make it, nevertheless it additionally has to all work. 

The steering wheel is new to Qashqai, and it is going to be going throughout the Nissan vary, in order that shall be rolled out onto different fashions at life cycle updates.

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AUTO NEWS – New 2021 Nissan Qashqai priced from £23,535


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