The crossover range of the Nissan Qashqai has been expanded with the electric drive e-Power. It is an innovative model with a powerful battery that is complemented by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder variable compression turbo petrol engine generating 156 hp and an electric motor with 140 kW (190 hp) and a power comparable to that found on electric vehicles. vehicles from Nissan.
What is truly innovative and unique about the new Qasqhai e-Power is that the energy that drives the electric motor is generated by the turbocharged petrol engine. This energy is stored in the battery. What sets this system apart is that the electric motor is the sole source of traction for the wheels, so the response is instantaneous and linear, as in pure electric cars, but without charging. The petrol engine is not connected to the wheels and, in fact, its sole function is to generate electricity to power the batteries or the electric motor, depending on what is needed at any given time.
Thanks to the direct drive of the electric motor, there is no lag in torque delivery, as can be the case with a traditional hybrid, and an immediate system response is achieved. In short, the Qasqhai e-Power drives like a pure electric one. In this way, a particularly low consumption is also achieved, of only 5.3 liters per 100 km, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 120 grams per km. This will allow 75% of the Qashqai e-Power range to fall into the band that is exempt from paying registration tax.
Another innovation of the Qashqai e-Power is that, like the electric Leaf model, it is equipped with Nissan’s e-Pedal system which, when activated, allows the movement of the car to be controlled with just the accelerator pedal. When the foot is taken off the accelerator, the braking is moderate and the car slows down to a slow speed. The effect is to reduce the driver’s workload when driving in the city, providing a smooth and relaxing driving experience while maximizing energy regeneration.
The Qashqai has two other engine options: 1.3-litre petrol with Mild Hybrid light electric hybridization technology, available in two power levels of 140 and 158 hp respectively. The 12-volt lithium-ion battery hybrid system available for the new Qashqai is a technology that offers torque motor support, extended engine auto-start-stop at idle speed, fast engine start and engine braking (only in versions with automatic transmission ). ), with a reduction in both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
In terms of safety, the Qashqai has achieved the maximum score of 5 stars in the new EURO NCAP evaluations. The new Qashqai is the only car with three scores above 90% (adult protection, child protection and active safety equipment). It is equipped with Pro Pilot driver assistance technology, which is designed to reduce driving stress and fatigue, and is also very intuitive to operate. It can accelerate the vehicle to travel at a set speed and can slow it to a stop in heavy traffic. It is also capable of automatically resuming if the vehicle has been stationary for less than three seconds and the traffic is moving in front of the vehicle.
In addition, this function adapts the speed of the car to additional external conditions: when the car enters a zone with a lower speed limit on highways, it detects traffic signs and takes into account the speed limit data from the navigation to slow down the Qashqai to the correct speed, meaning the driver does not have to manually adjust the cruise control speed.
The Nissan Qashqai stands out from the outside with its sleek and modern body, with a wide wheelbase and a chrome-finished grille. It is available in 11 body colors with five two-tone combinations, for a total of 16 variations to choose from. The Qashqai’s cab is also a benchmark thanks to its premium feel and ease of use. Highlights include an advanced infotainment system with an extensive list of connected services, including smartphone integration and built-in Wi-Fi for up to seven devices. The Head-Up Display displays important navigation data, driver assistance systems and road information on the windshield, within the driver’s field of vision.
The basis of the third generation of Qashqai is the new platform of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which has enabled the designers of the Japanese brand to create a vehicle that meets current customer requirements in terms of design, spaciousness and driving dynamics. . while limiting CO2 emissions as much as possible. In terms of driving dynamics, one of the key performance factors is the Qashqai’s overall increase in body stiffness, a 48% improvement over the previous model. With a stiffer body, it was possible to fine-tune the stiffness of the springs and dampers, knowing that they will respond better to changes in surfaces and not to body movements. This adjustment increases the precision and response of the car and reduces vibration. The body is also 60 pounds lighter, so there’s a noticeable improvement in maneuverability.
Source: La Verdad