The new Qashqai is currently only available with a 1.3 DiG-T petrol turbo engine in two boost options – 140 hp. With. and 240 Nm or 156 forces and 260 “Newtons” (270 Nm for cars with Xtronic CVT). Formally, this is also a hybrid: at speeds up to 110 km / h, a 12-volt starter-alternator operates, adding 6 Nm of thrust. A small lithium-ion battery is also provided.
However, in the e-Power version, the internal combustion engine is not connected to the wheels at all. Infiniti’s variable compression VC-Turbo engine in a 1.5-liter three-cylinder configuration develops 156 hp. With. and 250 Nm, but is used only to recharge the traction battery (at 14:1 compression) or, during acceleration, to power the electric motor (then the compression ratio can be reduced to 8:1). The possibility of recharging the battery from the network is not provided.
On the front axle of the Qashqai is an electric motor with a capacity of 140 kW (190 hp), developing 330 Nm. The power plant allows the crossover to gain the first “hundred” in 7.9 seconds, but the “maximum speed” is low – the limiter is set to 170 km / h.
The curb weight of the hybrid is expected to be in the range from 1612 to 1728 kg (there are no exact data yet), in comparison with the gasoline version, aerodynamics have slightly worsened: the Cd coefficient of the Qashqai e-Power is 0.32 (+0.04).
But the main thing: for every 100 km, a hybrid installation will save about one liter of gasoline. The claimed e-Power consumption in the combined cycle is 5.3-5.4 l / 100 km. Like the similar Nissan Note, there is a one-pedal driving mode. If you release the accelerator, the electronics will start to slow down the crossover (up to 0.2 g), but you still have to use the brake pedal to stop it completely. Brake energy recovery is also aimed at recharging the traction battery.
The set of visual improvements relative to the original model is even more modest than that of the hybrid Juke: you can distinguish the e-Power version only with the help of a black trim on the radiator grille and special nameplates – even the 20-inch alloy wheels are the same.
The assembly of hybrid crossovers at the Nissan plant in Sunderland will begin in the summer, and European dealers of the brand will receive the first cars in September. The price has not yet been announced, however, for the base Qashqai with front-wheel drive in Europe, they ask for 27.6 thousand euros without options, and a crossover with all-wheel drive and a CVT is available for 39.9 thousand euros. It is very likely that the hybrid modification will be the most expensive in the range, even taking into account the lack of all-wheel drive.