Nissan has revealed a slew of details on how it hopes the next generation Qashqai will reclaim the small SUV segment when it arrives late next year.
More than three million Qashqais have been sold across Europe since the first model was introduced. 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.
The new SUV is now being tested on European roads and will be built in Sunderland, just like the two previous Qashqais. The lighter materials gives a 21kg weight saving over the outgoing model. Interestingly, Nissan says the powertrain includes a petrol engine that is "not connected to the wheels", explaining that the combustion mill "simply charges the battery".More news: Russia, N.Korea hackers target vaccine data
Its CMF-C platform, as it will be called, has been re-engineered to weigh less, increase stiffness and crumple more effectively in crashes. According to the carmaker, this will bring drivers the instant response of an EV but without the range anxiety.
A 1.3-litre petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology will be available in two different power outputs, with emissions and economy figures yet to be announced.
While technical details are still thin on the ground, the latter offers full electric motor drive; i.e., the wheels are completely driven by the electric motor.More news: Flooding kills 7 in North Carolina, several people still missing
Keeping on the efficiency theme, the new Qashqai will feature a flat underbody that works with an active flap in the radiator grille to smooth airflow around the auto.
All-wheel drive cars score a more advanced multi-link setup in the rear suspension that promises a premium ride, a challenge for the 20-inch wheels set for higher grades.
The updated adaptive cruise control is now able to adapt the car's speed according to additional external circumstances: when the vehicle crosses to a lower speed limit zone on the highway, the system is able to read road signs and take into account navigation system speed limit data to slow the Qashqai to the appropriate speed, meaning the driver doesn't need to adjust the cruise control speed manually.More news: Happy Diwali 2020 Wishes: Sports Personalities Greet People