Nissan Qashqai E-Power Tecna+ launched: first hybrid before all-electric
As the automotive panorama tilts towards electrification, Nissan is providing an intermediate step before going all-electric. Despite producers’ efforts to situation autonomy, it is a method to reassure drivers stricken by worries about operating out of juice.
To date, the Japanese producer has solely had one hybrid car in its vary, the Nissan Juke, which makes use of the engine of its alliance cousin, the Renault Captur E-Tech. Since then, the Juke has seen the arrival of a companion, the Qashqai E-Power SUV, additionally a hybrid.
Unlike the Juke, the Qashqai makes use of in-house expertise launched in 2016 on the Nissan Note in Japan. The system could be in comparison with a spread extender, following what the first model of the BMW i3 or Chevrolet Volt supplied. Thus, within the i3, a small petrol engine (3 cylinders), powered by an 11-litre tank, had just one job, recharging the battery nearly dry. This single support made it attainable to succeed in the charging station In no case did this extension drive the wheel. In the case of our Nissan Qashqai e-Power, the system is barely completely different in the way it works.
The Nissan Qashqai is supplied with a normal hybrid engine. The thermal block completely provides energy to the electrical traction block. Thus, beneath the hood, there’s a 158 hp 1.5 l turbo 3-cylinder petrol engine that operates at well-defined engine speeds with variable compression ratio. In town, it’s discreet (round 1650 rpm), whereas it turns into extra aggressive on the freeway (as much as 4900 rpm). This configuration makes it attainable to optimize efficiency and subsequently management consumption (5.3 l/100 km within the WLTP cycle in keeping with the producer), and consequently CO2 emissions (119 g).
In the Nissan Qashqai, the interior combustion engine subsequently doesn’t drive the wheels. It is linked to an electrical motor growing 140 kW (190 hp – 330 Nm torque), whereas a “small” battery with a helpful capability of 1.8 kWh (2.1 kWh gross) acts as a buffer between the 2 and backs up the interior combustion. engine throughout heavy acceleration or braking. Added to that is an inverter and a generator. This traction chain is much like what we tried on the brand new Honda e:Civic.
So the grasp on board is the electrical motor that drives the wheels itself, whereas the battery recovers vitality from regenerative braking that can be fed again into the generator throughout acceleration phases.
Athletic on the skin, snug on the within
Externally, the Nissan Qashqai E-Power presents an athletic line. However, its normal line doesn’t change from before. At most, it takes a number of centimeters right here and there: +35 mm in size (4.429 m), +15 mm in peak (1.615 m) and +32 mm in width (1.838 m). The motive for this lies within the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance’s use of the widespread CMF-C platform.
As a consequence, the area within the cabin is elevated – the battery is positioned beneath the entrance seat – and a boot quantity reveals from 455 to 1580 liters. On the opposite hand, by way of weight, this SUV shouldn’t be the lightest: from 1610 kg to 1720 kg for our take a look at model (Tecna +). Note that the tank can maintain 55 liters of petrol.
The dashboard has a basic but severe design. We admire the meeting and high quality of the foamed supplies, particular to our take a look at model. Rear passengers are essentially the most abused for those who’re seated effectively up entrance, who’ve entry to the board by opening the doorways at 85 levels. And with +20mm within the legs, huge guys now not have to twist to suit their our bodies.
With this third era Qashqai, the digital revolution is underway at Nissan. On the menu, a 12.3-inch (31.24 cm diagonal) instrument cluster, customizable from a steering wheel controls, a ten.8-inch (27.43 cm diagonal) head-up system and a 9-inch contact display screen (22.86 cm diagonal) normal N-Connecta. , in Tekna and Tekna+ variations and customizable. The latter, appropriate with CarPlay, Android Auto and even Amazon Alexa (voice assistant), proved to be responsive and fluid.
Despite accessing many capabilities by way of the contact display screen, Nissan does not neglect separate bodily heating controls. Ergonomics wins.
The Nissan Qashqai E-Power additionally provides two USB-A and two USB-C sockets in addition to a 15-watt induction charger.
A posh however environment friendly engine
It’s time to hit the highway. Pressing the beginning button instantly prompts the electrical motor. Once engaged within the drive place, the SUV chugs alongside in a cathedral silence. It should be mentioned that Nissan has taken reasonably excellent care of the soundproofing, particularly between the powertrain and the passenger compartment. For this, the Japanese producer has geared up its Qashqai audio system with a noise reducer (beneath the trunk ground). Combo makes it attainable to get rid of parasitic noise with out stopping the rolling sound.
The tiny 1.8 kWh battery enables you to cowl 2 to three km in all-electric mode. When you push the appropriate pedal a bit extra, the warmth engine kicks in, however solely an attentive ear could make out the sound. A look on the instrument cluster reveals the facility stream alternate.
Once on, the Nissan Qashqai E-Power is agile and has responsive and exact steering. We notice that the contribution of the multi-arm rear axle (Tecna and Tecna+) makes it attainable to comprise parasitic physique actions, even throughout quick turns. On the opposite hand, it does not forestall you from experiencing highway imperfections, particularly within the metropolis. An ordinary 20-inch mount defect that may be modified – free of charge – as much as 19 inches. Comfort is then privileged.
During a uncommon assault on the Swedish motorway (restricted to 110 km/h) or throughout overtaking, we will discover a small delay when the accelerator pedal must be crushed. Nothing is off limits because the couple is current. Also notice that not like some series-parallel hybrid rivals, for instance, Toyota, the Nissan Qashqai has no gearbox and no clutch. During a agency request on the appropriate pedal, the engine doesn’t race.
Although a hybrid, the Qashqai is supplied with a regenerative braking system (B or Brake Mode) that differs relying on the driving mode chosen (Eco, Normal or Sport). The e-pedal operate, seen on the web page, is required. This often permits the accelerator pedal for use as a brake when launched. Following buyer suggestions about its usability, Nissan has revised the e-pedal, which is now known as “E-pedal step“. The distinction is within the braking, which now slows the automotive down to five km/h with out stopping it utterly, because it did before.
Another must-have, ProPilot is a Level 2 semi-autonomous driving help with adaptive lane-keeping cruise management, lane help and site visitors jam administration assistant. As a reminder, this technique is ready to “steer” the Qashqai particularly by managing the expressway, security distance, route and velocity. ProPilot accelerates, brakes the automotive to a whole cease and restarts itself when the lane forward is evident.
After a different journey of about 90 km, our common gas consumption was 5.1 l/100 km. A top quality of the technical sheet nails, however we is not going to fail to check extra different programs when the trial model is obtainable in France.
Ultimately, this Nissan Qashqai E-Power captivated us and confirmed promising driving pleasure. Soundproofing of the powertrain can be an excellent level. Additionally, its beneficiant inside and its responsive and complete infotainment are property in favor of this hybrid SUV. An extended take a look at will enable us to deepen its highway qualities and its precise use.
However, there’s a small draw back to the value, which begins at €38,200 for the entry-level Acenta model and goes as much as €46,000 for the Tecna+, which tops the vary. In whole, there are 5 finishes, together with the Business Edition for €39,200. In phrases of competitors, Nissan faces the likes of the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Niro, Honda ZR-V and even the Ford Kuga, which is hybrid and appropriate with superethanol E85.
We’ll get again to a extra full take a look at of this Nissan Qashqai E-Power once we get the possibility.