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All-new SA-bound Nissan Qashqai detailed

The new Nissan Qashqai is built on the new Alliance CMF-C platform which is a new architecture.

Nissan is shedding more details regarding its all-new Qashqai SUV that boasts improved driving dynamics as well as a new architecture.

From June 1st, 2021, European media will have the opportunity to take the latest generation of Nissan’s pioneering crossover on its first test drive on European roads.

The new Nissan Qashqai is built on the new Alliance CMF-C platform which is a new architecture. According to Nissan, the stiffness in the Qashqai’s body in white is a 48% improvement compared to the outgoing model. 

Despite its overall increase in stiffness, the bodyshell is over 60kg lighter which contributes to the new Qashqai’s overall efficiency, while also reducing inertia when driving, so drivers will feel the improvement in agility.

There are two rear suspension configurations, with a torsion beam being the configuration for two-wheel-drive Qashqai on 19-inch wheels or below.

Customers who order their Qashqai with 20-inch wheels or all-wheel drive will enjoy class-leading poise and comfort that comes from the multi-link rear suspension configuration.

The new Nissan Qashqai will come with two different powertrain options, the 1.3-litre petrol with mild hybrid, which is offered with two outputs.

A six-speed manual gearbox is the standard option for the new Qashqai. The new Xtronic automatic gearbox is designed to offer the best of both worlds in day to day driving. 

The all-wheel-drive system has been upgraded, with a new direct coupling that sends power to the rear wheels five times faster than the previous generation when it detects front wheel slip.

From June 1st, 2021, European media will have the opportunity to take the latest generation of Nissan’s pioneering crossover on its first test drive on European roads.

And there is more driver interaction thanks to the addition of a new drive mode selector on the centre console. It allows the driver to choose the all-wheel-drive setting according to the conditions, with Standard, Eco, Sport, Snow and Off-Road modes.

After its initial introduction, Qashqai will be offered with the innovative e-POWER powertrain, which brings the well-known advantages of an EV, such as linear, effortless acceleration and refined performance, without consideration for recharging. The battery is charged thanks to a three-cylinder 1.5-litre variable compression turbo motor which runs quietly when needed in the background.

Source: Nissan

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