2021 Nissan Qashqai Comes With An Improved Design, Lots Of New Tech

It will hit the European roads soon.

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Nissan revealed its most successful model in Europe yesterday with the hope to turn the automaker’s fortunes around. With over three million sales in Europe, you could imagine how much weight the new 2021 Nissan Qashqai carries on its back.

Exterior

Called Nissan Rogue Sport in the U.S., the Qashqai features a sharper styling, funky headlights, more edges than previous, and a longer wheelbase (20 mm (0.8 in) to be exact). It is 35 millimeters (1.37 inches) longer, 32 mm (1.25 in) wider, and 25 mm (1 in) taller. The new compact crossover now comes with optional 20-inch wheels, Full-LED matrix headlights and eleven body paints to choose from.

Thanks to the longer wheelbase, the rear legroom now improves by 28 mm (1.1 in), the headroom is up by 15 mm (0.6 in), while the cargo room is 50 liters (1.76 cubic feet).

Interior

Inside, it offers classier switchgear, massaging front seats, a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, and a nine-inch touchscreen supporting Android Auto and wireless Apple Car Play. The new ProPilot driver assistance tech improves safety by even adding an airbag between the front seats. Pay more to get your hands on a 10.8-inch head-up display.

Powertrains

Unfortunately, no diesels for the entry-level Qashqai; rather, you can have a mild-hybrid 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline mill delivering 138 horsepower (103 kilowatts) and 240 Newton-meters (177 pound-feet) of torque or a 156 hp (kW) and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft). The power goes to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The all-wheel-drive option is accessible only on the continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Opt for the Xtronic and you will be able to use the 156-horsepower 1.3-liter engine tuned to offer 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque.

Those looking for more electrification power can choose the 2021 Nissan Qashqai with e-Power setup, also available in Japan’s Nissan Note. It gets a 1.5-liter mill to pump out 187 hp (140 kW) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft). The best part here is the gasoline engine works to create electricity, so the vehicle propels only on electric power. Similar to the Nissan Leaf, the Qashqai e-Power gives you one-pedal drive.

Nissan has installed torsion-beam rear suspension for most of the variants. However, those opting for the 2021 Nissan Qashqai with the 20-inch wheels or the AWD configuration will get the smoothness of multi-link setup. The Qashqai has a MacPherson strut arrangement at both axles, and engineers have enhanced the power steering response for better performance.

The 2021 Nissan Qashqai will hit the European roads soon. However, the US-bound Rogue Sport will likely arrive by the end of this year as a 2022 model. We also do not know about its arrival in the UAE, yet.

Source and Images: Motor1

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