2020 Nissan Qashqai Hybrid Review & Changes – The next-generation Nissan Qashqai, because of in showrooms in 2020, will feature two new hybrid techniques plus a streamlined design facelift, Auto Express can exclusively disclose. However, there won’t be a real-electric version, while Nissan is also thinking of ditching diesel from what is currently the UK’s next best-offering car.
Full electric power will be set aside for a different SUV model based by using an all-new platform. It is most likely to underpin an entire family of electric cars spanning B, C and D segments (everything from Juke to X-Trail) for Nissan and its Alliance associates Renault and Mitsubishi. The next Qashqai, previewed by our exclusive pictures, is going to be based on a new version of the Alliance’s CMF (Popular Module Family) platform architecture that will support hybrid tech. Speaking exclusively to Auto Express, Ponz Pandikuthira, vice-president of merchandise preparation for Nissan Europe, said: “We are looking at a new platform due to the fact that is what’s best to cater to electrified technological innovation.
“It almost certainly will not include full electrification, since that’s a total damage-up and the purchase required for that will be significantly higher.” The Qashqai is likely to offer you two types of hybrid – one featuring Nissan’s progressive ePower system, plus plug-in hybrid power from Mitsubishi. An ePower engine can currently be found in the Nissan Note in Japan, where it is established well-known. Its series hybrid system features a petrol engine that works as an electrical generator to charge a battery that then powers an e-motor. “We’re examining the ePower technology for Europe,” revealed Pandikuthira. “The largest big difference when you do these onboard power generator vehicles is highway driving; in Japan, they generally do not go over 50-65mph.
“Here in Europe, you do 80-85mph on a regular schedule. At these speeds, you end up depleting the battery in a short time, so the range extender has to work very hard to always keep the energy moving and it moves out of its range of efficiency.” Plug-in hybrid tech should come from Mitsubishi, broadly acknowledged as a head in the technology, thanks in part to the innovative ECUs from Mitsubishi Gadgets. Unlike the competition, Mitsubishi has already monitored to modify its Outlander PHEV to produce stats under 50g/km CO2 under the new, firmer WLTP testing regime. It’s expected the new Qashqai will provide comparable numbers.
Pandikuthira is not certain about the advantages of plug-in hybrids, however. He informed us: “We’re not chasing a big plug-in hybrid strategy. On some car facial lines we will try it out, but the business case for plug-in hybrids is not too great. For us, it’s a fill technology for the next two to four years until finally battery fees drop to the point whereby the variable charges of generating full EVs triumph.” With two hybrid models in the next Qashqai, insiders have hinted that it is probable to spell the end of diesel power in Nissan’s SUV, as diesel sales are down almost 32 percent to date this year.
The new car will feature more technology, with updates to the ProPilot autonomous techniques and greater connectivity. Regarding the styling of the next Qashqai, we anticipate it to implement a revolutionary new appear, previewed in our pictures, but it isn’t expected to have any bigger, with Pandikuthira expressing: “You’ll recognize with [the last] Qashqai, we still left it at 4.4 meters. We didn’t grow it into a big, bloated vehicle.” Subsequent the next Qashqai into dealers will be Nissan’s pure-electric SUV. Pandikuthira included: “When you build an electric car from the floor up to be electric, you make fundamentally distinct selections to make a lot more efficient electric car. If we had taken a Qashqai and made it electric, which we could, you introduce compromises. It can neither be an efficient interior combustion-engined car even if it had been a hybrid, neither would it be the very best electric vehicle.”