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2021 Nissan Qashqai: New Look & New Details

Nissan will launch the third generation Qashqai in 2021. It will be a completely new model, built on a different platform and with a different range of engines. At the moment it has only published photos with the car camouflaged but has provided information on the chassis, suspensions, the range of engines, and some elements of equipment.

The 2021 Nissan Qashqai will be the first model in the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance to use the modular CMF-C platform, an evolution of the CMF-C / D used in the previous 2021 Nissan Qashqai. According to Nissan, this platform is manufactured with lighter materials and with new stamping and welding techniques, which increases torsional stiffness (41%) and a reduction in total weight (60 kilos). Also, the use of ultra-high-strength steel has increased by 50%.

The front and rear doors, the front wings, and the bonnet are made of aluminum (together they weigh 21 kilos less than the previous model) and the boot lid, in composite material (it weighs 2.6 kilos less than the 2021 Nissan Qashqai which still sold).

The front suspension on all 2021 Nissan Qashqai is identical, with a McPherson scheme similar to the current model. However, the rear is different depending on the size of the tires and the drive system. Those versions with up to 19-inch wheels and front-wheel drive have a system of pulled arms joined by a torsion axis, and those with 20-inch wheels (the maximum it can carry) or all-wheel drive, a deformable parallelogram. According to Nissan, the address has also been revised to have a better feel and so that the friction between the elements that compose it is less.

2021 Nissan Qashqai Engine

The range of engines is different from that of the Qashqai 2020 and consists of two versions with a light hybridization system and another non-plug-in hybrid called e-POWER. The former has a 1.3-liter displacement petrol engine with two power levels and also another small electric motor that works with an additional 12 V electrical network (it has a second battery). This engine is connected to the crankshaft of the combustion engine using a belt and has three functions: starter motor, support for the gasoline engine during accelerations, and recovery of electrical energy during decelerations (this energy is stored in a small lithium-ion battery).

In the e-POWER version, the only motor in charge of moving the vehicle’s wheels is an electric one, but it also consumes gasoline because it has a combustion engine that is responsible for charging a high-voltage battery (it works as a generator, therefore ). According to Nissan, the combustion engine in this version always works in an optimal rev range from the point of view of consumption and noise.

Technology

Qashqai with the N-Connecta trim level and above will include the ProPilot system as standard. This system combines the active speed programmer and the lane-keeping system in a single function. When activated, the vehicle maintains speed and distance with the preceding vehicle (it can stop and resume driving), but also acts on the steering and keeps it centered in the lane in which it is driving. It can even take some curves and also takes into account the data collected by the traffic sign reader to modify the speed.

Other novelties that some Qashqai will include are a system that alerts of possible contact of the side of the car against an object (Nissan uses as an example the columns that are in some parking lots) or one that does the same when a vehicle approaches when reversing. (You can use the brakes). As an option, the Qashqai can have matrix-type LED headlights, with 12 diodes in each headlight to create an adaptive light beam.

To reduce the drag coefficient (which has not been provided), Nissan has almost completely faired the underbody of the vehicle and also installed a front grill with slats that open or close according to the cooling needs of the combustion engine.

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