At least in the case of the Qashqai, bravery produces risk aversion. In the first generation, it was risky to compete in the compact class with an SUV, but after two generations and three million units sold in Europe alone, the risk is now limited to a gently refreshed style and slightly larger dimensions (length +3.5 cm, width +3.2 cm, and height +2.0 cm). What about the cost of fuel and maintenance?
Nissan specifies a WLTP standard fuel consumption of 6.2 liters for the 1.3 DIG-T Tekna+ version of the Qashqai. He deviates from this value in his daily life. We have determined an average fuel consumption of 8.1 liters per 100 kilometers, resulting in fuel costs of 12.47 euros.
The Nissan consumed 6.5 liters on the eco lap and 8.0 liters on the commuter route. Sporty driving increased Nissan’s fuel consumption to 10.4 liters. The fuel costs are computed using the daily updated fuel price.
Monthly upkeep expenses
If you drive as efficiently as we do on our eco-lap, your 100-kilometer fuel costs will be reduced to 10.01 euros. The relatively violent gait generated a total of 16.02 euros. The annual vehicle tax for the Nissan is 134 euros, while the liability insurance is 405 euros.
The additional costs for partial and comprehensive insurance are 143 and 450 euros, respectively. Those who drive 15,000 kilometers per year in a Nissan must pay monthly maintenance fees of 296 euros. The amount rises to 539 euros if the distance is doubled. We exclude the decline in value from this estimate.
The 43,120-euro Nissan Qashqai 1.3 DIG-T Tekna+ is prepared for a fuel economy inspection.
This is the testing procedure
The test consumption consists of three consumption runs with varying weights. “Commuter consumption” accounts for 70% of the total. The average distance traveled from home to work is 21 kilometers. An extremely inexpensive, about 275-kilometer-long eco-lap accounts for 15% of the rating. The remaining 15% is represented by the sports driver’s lap.
The distance is comparable to that of the Eco lap, but the route has a greater number of freeways and, thus, faster average speeds. The gasoline prices are always calculated using the price listed on the “more taken” website on the day the article was published.
The monthly maintenance expenditures comprise maintenance, wear component prices, and vehicle taxes based on an annual mileage assumption of between 15,000 and 30,000 kilometers without depreciation.
The estimate is based on the test consumption, a three-year holding term, no-claims class SF12 for liability, and comprehensive insurance with Allianz, which includes reductions for garage parkers and restrictions on specific drivers (not under 21). At Allianz, SF12 provides a 34% discount on liability insurance and a 28% discount on comprehensive insurance.
In the consumption test, the 43,120 euro Nissan Qashqai 1.3 DIG-T Tekna+ with 158 horsepower averaged 8.1 liters of Super per 100 kilometers. This indicates that the cost of gasoline for this distance is 12.47 euros. The monthly upkeep expenses are 296 euros (15,000 km yearly mileage) or 539 euros (30,000 km annual mileage).
Nissan reveals the new Qashqai ePower’s pricing. The cheapest model with a combustion engine is fully equipped, while the top model with a serial hybrid costs more than 20,000 euros.
Nissan has begun distributing the new Qashqai since the summer of 2021, beginning with the Premiere Edition variant based on the N-Connecta technology. The Qashqai e-Power, whose prices start at an impressive 41,360 euros, will be added to the manufacturer’s lineup on July 1st.
Equipped with a panoramic roof and a head-up display.
A panoramic roof, an electrically-operated sun visor, a heated windshield, and seat warmers are all included in the list of standard features. There is also a head-up display that projected driving-related and infotainment data onto the windshield inside the driver’s field of view. According to the manufacturer, the display’s diagonal measurement of 10.8 inches (27.4 cm) makes it the biggest head-up display in this car sector.
Nissan thinks this is one of the segment’s greatest charging capacities. In the special variant, the complete LED light is constructed as a matrix that conceals incoming vehicles automatically.
The third generation does not get diesel
Nissan introduced the first generation of Qashqai in 2007, followed by the second generation in 2014, and now the Japanese are releasing the third version. The new one seems more muscular and is expanding in all dimensions: the width has grown by 32 millimeters to 1,838 millimeters and the length by 35 millimeters to 4,429 millimeters; the height has grown by 25 millimeters. 15 millimeters of the increase in length and 20 millimeters of the increase in wheelbase are attributable to the front overhang.
Behind the radiator grille is a flap that only opens when more cooling is required; while closed, it helps the Qashqai’s aerodynamics. And despite the fact that the rear overhang stays the same, the trunk capacity grows by 74 liters. For this goal, the designers have enlarged the storage space lower.
The new Qashqai is built on the CMF-C (Common Module Family) architecture shared by Renault and Nissan. Comparable to VW’s MQB (modular transverse matrix) is the adaptable CMF platform. Engineers were able to make the Qashqai’s body shell 60 kilos lighter and 41 percent stiffer by modifying the platform architecture.
The tailgate is constructed of plastic, saving 2.6 kilos, while the front fenders, bonnet, and doors are made of aluminum, saving an additional 21 kilograms. The percentage of high-strength steel has risen by fifty percent for greater strength and collision safety. This is visually dragged down to the back, yet in fact, it loses very little height towards the rear.
Nissan may outfit its new Qashqai with premium features upon request. Beginning on the outside, the rear doors now open to an angle of 85 degrees, making it easier for parents to place infants or young children in the back. Moreover, the electrically-operated trunk lid may now be opened with a gesture.
The driver’s seat on the new model may be adjusted across a broader range, allowing it to accommodate individuals between 1.45 and 1.92 meters in height. The premium equipment includes diamond-quilted Nappa leather and a massaging feature for the seats. White ambient lighting bolsters the feeling of superiority.
In addition to a smaller selecting lever for the continuously variable automatic transmission and a driving mode switch with a matt chrome ring and piano finish, the new model sports a smaller selector lever for the CVT.
Utilizing head-up display
Engineers have increased the viewing angle to the front, shrunk the A-pillars, and relocated the outside mirrors from the A-pillars to the doors to improve the vehicle’s visibility and aerodynamics. In addition to increased driver ergonomics, Nissan features a head-up display measuring 10.8 inches.
The diagonal measurement of the instrument display is 12.3 inches, while the primary infotainment screen is nine inches. The infotainment system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and up to seven mobile devices may connect to the WiFi hotspot.
In the Qashqai, compatible smartphones may be charged inductively for the first time, with a charging capability of 15 watts. The charging chamber can accommodate large smartphones such as the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (16.1 centimeters x 7.8 centimeters x 7 millimeters).
GPS tracking of cars
The Qashqai’s Tom-Tom navigation system has the “My Car Finder” feature, which may be used to locate a parked vehicle.”Stolen Vehicle Tracking” operates on the same technological foundation, which not only allows the stolen vehicle to be traced but also creates 24-hour communication with the police and customer service and sends automated alerts in the case of theft. Additionally, customer care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by push-button contact, for instance in the case of a breakdown.
Nissan collaborated with the Japanese video game company Bandai Namco to design the sound of the warning tones; the manufacturer promises more harmonic tones than in the past.
Two rear axle assemblies
Nissan employs MacPherson struts on the front and rear axles for the chassis. The design of the rear axle also relies on the size of the corresponding wheels: vehicles with front-wheel drive and 19-inch wheels have a torsion-beam axle, while those with all-wheel drive and/or 20-inch wheels have a multi-link axle.
If you purchase a vehicle with front-wheel drive and 20-inch wheels, you will get a multi-link axle. The redesigned steering should provide enhanced input, enhanced steering feel in the intermediate position, and reduced friction compared to its predecessor.
Assistance systems continue to evolve
Nissan has significantly upgraded its assistance system suite, now known as “ProPilot with NaviLink.” The adaptive cruise control works in tandem with the lane-keeping assistance and also manages stop-and-go traffic. It slows speed before tight corners and roundabouts.
Now that the blind spot warning is operational, the lane change helper will prevent the driver from changing lanes into an occupied lane. In addition, so-called flank protection is now available: On very tight bends, this notifies the driver of side obstructions that are difficult to notice, such as bollards.
It also warns of corners where there is a possibility of a side accident due to excessively tight cornering. Motion detection is meant to prevent impending crashes while the vehicle is reversing out of a parking place. ProPilot with Navi-Link is offered for an extra fee on the intermediate equipment line N-Connecta.
The flank protection system alerts the driver if he is likely to collide with a side-mounted obstruction as a result of a sharp turn.
LED headlights were previously available for an additional cost on the preceding model; today, there is a matrix feature that conceals approaching traffic based on twelve LED segments per headlamp.
Two 12-volt mild hybrids
The new Qashqai is no longer available with diesel engines; Nissan is merely following market trends. In recent years, the demand for diesel engines has decreased dramatically, and this trend is expected to continue. The standard engine is a 1.3-liter gasoline unit with two power settings.
The engine in the stage with 140 horsepower and 240 Newton meters is paired to a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. The extension stage with 158 horsepower provides extra options: Front-wheel drive options include a manual switch (260 Newton-meters) and a stepless automatic transmission (CVT: Continuously Variable Transmission; 270 Newton-meters).
There is also an all-wheel-drive option, which is always fitted with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) – in the case of wheel slide, the all-wheel-drive engages within 0.2 seconds, a fivefold increase over its predecessor.
There are regular, eco, sport, snow, and off-road driving modes for improved surface adaption. Nissan has upgraded the manual gearbox for a more direct, athletic shift feel, and the continuously variable transmission (CVT) receives a new electric double oil pump system that should cut fuel consumption and allow for a natural shift feel.
Nissan Qashqai of the third generation
Nissan introduces the new Qashqai with a mild hybrid system and an e-Power series hybrid system. However, the e-power model will not be available until 2022.
Major overhaul of the combustion engine
The combustion engine is familiar from the 2018 Qashqai, but Nissan has overhauled it for the 2019 model generation, with 50 reportedly new components. The turbocharger’s wastegate is now electronically regulated for quicker reaction, the nozzles have been improved for better fuel injection, internal friction has been decreased, and the Otto particle filter has a new substrate.
The combustion engine shuts off below 18 kilometers per hour.
The engine is attached to a 12-volt mild hybrid system, which according to Nissan adds 22 kg to the vehicle’s weight. This enables energy recovery during deceleration, coasting, extended service life for the start-stop function, and electrical assistance during acceleration.
When the brake is applied, the start-stop mechanism turns off the combustion engine at speeds below 18 kilometers per hour, therefore conserving gasoline. In order to store the recovered energy, a lithium-ion battery is installed in the underbody. During acceleration between 20 and 110 km/h, the technology adds six Newton-meters of torque for up to 20 seconds, hence reducing fuel usage.
New serial hybrid
The new Qashqai’s most powerful engine is a serial hybrid system named e-Power with a 190 horsepower electric motor. The 156 hp variable compression ratio combustion engine solely runs a generator, the energy from which goes either to the battery or the electric motor. The starting price for the premium variant with N-Connecta equipment is 41,360 euros.
The Tekna line starts at 45,220 euros, and the almost fully equipped Tekna Plus model costs at least 48,070 euros, which is over 20,000 euros more than the base Qashqai. The theoretically all-electric Qashqai e-Power should achieve a standard cycle fuel economy of 5.3 liters per 100 kilometers. That is equivalent to 119 grams of CO2 per mile.
The BMW i3 with a range extender is one of the few passenger vehicles to employ serial hybrid technology. However, the i3’s battery may be recharged outside, and since 2018, the variant with a range extender has only been offered in the United States and Japan.
GM first referred to serial hybrid technology for the first generation of the Chevrolet Volt/Opel Ampera, until it was revealed that in “operation mode 4” the combustion engine provided direct drive power to the wheels.
Large commercial vehicles occasionally use diesel-powered serial hybrid systems: the fully-loaded 600-ton Liebherr T282 dump truck has a 20-cylinder diesel engine that produces 3,650 horsepower and drives just a generator.
When leaving a parking place in reverse, the assistance system warns of oncoming vehicles (left). If the driver is about to miss a car in his blind area, the active assistance will direct him back into his original lane (right).
Since 2017, Nissan has used a serial hybrid system for the Note for the Japanese market. There, a 1.2-liter gasoline engine converted from a supercharged to a normally aspirated engine runs a generator, the energy from which then feeds the electric motor of the Nissan Leaf.
There is a temporary battery with a capacity of just 1.5 kilowatt-hours, and the usual usage should be 2.5 liters of super. Nissan has not yet disclosed the battery’s storage capacity for the Qashqai e-Power. However, as we well know, external battery charging is unavailable here as well.
Market introduction and Prices
Nissan will begin delivering the new Qashqai in the summer of 2021; however, the e-power model will not be introduced until 2022.
The entry-level version of Visia costs 25,790 euros. They are only available with 140 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission. Standard equipment consists of electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, electric windows, rear parking sensors, manual air conditioning, a multifunction steering wheel, an infotainment system with DAB +, and a 7-inch display (17.8 centimeters).
Acenta is the next-highest level of equipment (starting at 30,290 euros). There is leather on the steering wheel and shift lever, a rain sensor, a reverse camera, a keyless entry system, dual-zone automatic temperature control, and an electrically adjustable lumbar support for the driver’s seat. One to eight inches have been added to the size of the infotainment screen in comparison to Visia equipment (20.3 centimeters).
Above it is the N-Connecta equipment level (starting at 32,890 euros). Among the features included are a TomTom navigation system, an all-around vision option comprised of several camera views, partly leather seats, ambient lighting, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror, and front parking sensors. In this setup, the screen’s diagonal is 9 inches (22.9 centimeters).
Tekna is the second-best equipment (starting at 36,240 euros). It has a head-up display, a surface for inductive charging of compatible mobile devices, an electrically opening tailgate, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a heated windshield.
Tekna+ is the top-of-the-line and fully-equipped model (from 40,330 euros). There are black seats upholstered in Nappa leather with massage and memory capabilities, silver roof rails, and a panoramic glass top.
The new Nissan Qashqai is slightly longer and wider than its predecessor but provides greater inside room and a bigger trunk of 74 liters. The design of the rear axle depends on the size of the wheels and the kind of drive: cars with front-wheel drive have a twist-beam axle, while those with 20-inch wheels and/or all-wheel drive have a multi-link design. Nissan has greatly upgraded Qashqai’s assistance systems and equipped them with features seen in higher-class vehicles.
Nissan’s interior focuses on exceptional ergonomics, such as a head-up display, and premium materials – the seats may be upholstered in diamond-quilted Nappa leather if desired.
There is no longer a diesel engine in the Qashqai. Two power levels are available for the 1.3-liter gasoline engine, which is always connected to a 12-volt mild hybrid system. The gearbox is either manual or continuously variable; the all-wheel-drive variant comes standard with CVT.
The serial hybrid drive e-Power is new to the European market. An internal combustion engine drives a generator, which then powers an electric motor. The wheels are only sent torque by the electric motor. This should make electric driving without concern about range possible.
The Nissan Note’s e-power powertrain is innovative and successful in Japan. In contrast to entirely electric motors, however, this sort of propulsion does produce local pollutants. Because the e-power drive’s battery cannot be charged outside, this is unfortunate. This may have cost implications.