Hybrid: a word that can be found everywhere but which, by referring to many things and classifying several technologies, means nothing.
We won’t insult you by explaining once again the different systems on the market. But be aware that this Nissan Qashqai e-Power is not a diesel, petrol, or electric vehicle. It has a petrol engine whose sole purpose is to power the battery. It is an electric motor that makes the car move forward in all conditions.
We can summarize by saying that it is an electric car, powered by a petrol engine and which cannot be charged at the terminal.
A unique system on the market
A system similar to that of Honda on the HR-V will say the hardest thing for our page.
This is true up to 80 km / h. On the Honda, beyond this speed, the system can use a multi-disc clutch to allow the internal combustion engine to spin the wheels up to 120 km/h. On our test Nissan Qashqai, the electric motor still drives the wheels.
But enough technical talk, what does it look like in real life? We took this redesigned Nissan to the roads of Sweden. A transparent country with road safety and repression and ubiquitous speed cameras with limits reduced to 40 or 50 km / h on the second network. Under these conditions, it is almost impossible to use …
In the wheel, like lightning or near
Once installed in the cockpit, we see new 12.3-inch screens and minor cosmetic changes. You can start in 100% electric mode, but the magic will last two kilometers. After this step, the heat engine will start, acting as a generator for the electrical system.
All this is done silently and without you noticing. Clarity that we owe to the wisdom of the 1.5 l turbo. With 330 Nm of torque instantly available, this Qashqai is fun to drive and responsive. You can adjust the level of regeneration and stopping of the engine by playing with the driving modes.
As in the Leaf, the e-Pedal mode enables maximum engine stopping and no longer uses the brake pedal. Very convenient and bright, especially in the city.
What is the use of this new hybrid system?
Unlike the 158 hp version and the compact hybrid, the 190 hp Qashqai e-Power is not available with all-wheel drive. Absence that benefits use.
But on our test route in Sweden, where we rarely exceeded 70 km / h on the flat, Qashqai e-Power claimed only 5.4 l / 100 km, without us trying to practice eco.
In terms of behavior, 150 kg of the hybrid system, which brings a weight of 1,685 kg, is felt on the pins. But the Qashqai retains a very desirable road character.
How much does it cost?
In Acenta base trim, this Qashqai e-Power will be available from €38,200 with already respectable endowments including dual-zone automatic air conditioning, 18-inch alloy wheels or even a reversing camera, control convertible with LED lights.
At the other end of the range, the top-of-the-range Tekna + offers everything you could hope for with leather upholstery, a panoramic roof, a Bose hi-fi system and much more. But the entry ticket will increase to €46,000.
Driver assistance systems such as lane keeping, traffic assist, pedestrian detection, lane keeping and forward collision warning are standard on all Qashqai.