2021 Nissan Qashqai Debuts With A New Elegant Design, Lots Of Tech
- on March 02, 2021
- Categories: Car Reviews
Nissan has introduced the 2021 Qashqai for the European markets. One of Nissan’s best-sellers in the region, the compact crossover comes with a huge responsibility to improve dwindling sales. Also known as the Nissan Roque Sport in the United States, the engineers have improved the Qashqai's design with Full-LED matrix headlights and added more edges to give it a more prominent look.
It is now also bigger than the outgoing model thanks to the improvement in wheelbase, which is now 0.8 inches longer. It is 35 millimeters (1.37 inches) longer, 32 mm (1.25 in) wider, and 25 mm (1 in) taller. The longer wheelbase does not only add more legroom at the rear (28 mm (1.1 in) extra) but also offers an extra cargo capacity of 50 liters (1.76 cubic feet).
Get inside, and you will find more soft-touch surfaces, posh switchgear, massaging front seats, a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, a nine-inch touchscreen capable of handling Android Auto and Apple Car Play, along with new Nissan ProPilot driver assistance systems. The 10.8-inch head-up display is optional.
The best part about the 2021 Nissan Qashqai is the variety of powertrains it offers. Starting with a mild-hybrid 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline mill available in two tunes of power, i.e. 138 horsepower (103 kilowatts) and 240 Newton-meters (177 pound-feet) of torque and 156 hp (kW) and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft). The power goes to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.
The continuously variable transmission (CVT) allows you to either pick the front-wheel drive or AWD. On the other hand, the Xtronic gearbox pairs with the 156-horsepower version of the 1.3-liter engine delivering an extra torque rated at 270 Nm (199 lb-ft).
For extra electrification, you can have the new 2021 Nissan Qashqai boasting e-Power. The e-Power variants can generate a total output of 187 hp (140 kW) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque, offering you one-pedal operation much like the Nissan Leaf.
The 2021 Nissan Qashqai will go on sale in Europe in a few months. However, the Rogue Sport specs are still a mystery. Look for more information in the first half of this year.