New Nissan Qashqai e-Power Hybrid Preview | Release Date
Published Date: 10th Mar 2022
Nissan is set to release a new Hybrid version of its popular mid-sized SUV, badged the Qashqai e-Power, it should be available in the UK mid-2022.
The new Hybrid Qashqai will be the first Nissan model to use its unique e-Power hybrid system and will also feature Nissan’s single pedal driving e-Pedal technology.
Nissan say the hybrid Qashqai can deliver a combined fuel economy of 53mpg and CO2 emissions of 119g/km.
The new e-Power Qashqai will give drivers the opportunity of a full hybrid option without the need to plug-in. The unique e-Power technology also offers a full electric-like driving experience.
e-Power - A Unique Approach To Hybrid Power
Nissan’s e-Power system adopts something of a unique approach to hybrid power. Combining a 1.5-litre turbo-charged variable compression 156bhp petrol engine with a 140kW electric motor. Nissan say the 1.5-litre engine was developed specifically for the e-Power hybrid system.
The variable compression engine technology features an actuator which adjusts the piston stroke length according to the driver’s power demands. The result is a more efficient, cleaner engine that does not sacrifice performance.
The petrol engine is used solely to power the electric motor, either directly or by charging the battery. The electric motor in turn is dedicated to driving the wheels of the car, giving something closer to a full electric-like driving experience.
Under normal driving conditions the petrol engine charges the batteries which in turn powers the electric motor. When additional power is required the petrol engine can also use the inverter to supply power directly to the electric motor, this can in scenarios for example under heavy acceleration or at faster speeds.
The system also uses brake regeneration technology, so that under braking or deceleration kinetic energy is ‘recycled’ and sent back to the battery for improved efficiency.
e-Pedal – A Single Pedal Driving Experience
The new Qashqai Hybrid models will feature Nissan’s e-Pedal single pedal driving system.
The system is specifically designed to take the inconvenience out of switching between accelerator and brake pedals in stop/start urban traffic. When you ease your foot of the accelerator, the vehicle decelerates, in the same way it would with moderate braking.
The new and improved Nissan Qashqai was released last year with a host of updates and improvements, including new coupe-like exterior styling, driver aids, a new digital driver display and updated infotainment system.
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