2021 Nissan Qashqai e-Power interior reveals close X-Trail links

The 2021 Nissan Qashqai e-Power will follow the footsteps of the new X-Trail in the aspect of interior design. The upcoming compact SUV would have a richer and more tech-laden cabin inspired by that of the all-new mid-size SUV that went on sale internationally this year.

Teasers show the 2021 Nissan Qashqai featuring a fresh dashboard design, a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster, a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, fewer buttons on the centre console and a much smaller gearshifter. New Nappa leather upholstery with a 3D diamond quilted design, massage seats (front) and white ambient lighting complete the fashionable and luxurious cabin.

The 2021 Nissan Qashqai e-Power could make use of a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. According to a new report from new.qq.com, one of Nissan’s Chinese parts supplier is developing an e-Power version of its upcoming ‘KH5T’ engine. Nissan has confirmed 1.3L turbo petrol and e-Power powertrains, but has not given details on the latter.

Previous reports have said that the KH5T is a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit and Nissan’s Chinese supplier Zhanjiang Deli Vehicle Parts Co., Ltd is involved in its development. The next-gen e-Power system using a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine would mean far more power and torque than what the current e-Power system that uses the 1.2-litre HR12DE naturally aspirated petrol engine manages. The 2021 Nissan Qashqai (2022 Nissan Rogue Sport) should be a contender for the all-new series hybrid powertrain with an impressive system output well in excess of 150 hp.

The confirmation of e-Power for the 2021 Nissan Qashqai was reported by AutoExpress.co.uk, on the basis of an interaction with Ashwani Gupta, COO, Nissan. “Qashqai will come to Europe with e-Power – it’s one our core technologies,” Gupta told the British publication at the unveiling of the Nissan Ariya. “In Europe we will have e-Power and we will have battery EVs – this is where we are defining our technologies,” he added.

Nissan e-Power technology explained - to be used on the 2021 Nissan Qashqai
Nissan is able to achieve a 30 per cent jump in fuel efficiency by using e-Power technology in the Note. The advancement in e-Power technology should allow a high efficiency in the 2021 Nissan Qashqai.

e-Power, introduced in 2016 in the Mk2 Nissan Note, is classified as a series hybrid powertrain. The Nissan Serena and Nissan Kicks (global) have also adopted this alternative energy powertrain, and the Nissan Qashqai will be the next. A Nissan Sylphy e-Power and X-Trail e-Power are to follow in 2021.

In a nutshell, e-Power technology uses an internal combustion engine as a generator. The ICE feeds a small battery that in turn powers an electric motor responsible for driving the wheels. Unlike a parallel hybrid electric vehicle, say a Toyota Camry Hybrid, for instance, a series hybrid electric vehicle offers a full EV driving experience.

Nissan says that e-Power delivers massive torque almost instantly, operates very quietly, and consumes fuel comparable to a parallel hybrid electric powertrain. The company also offers the benefit of its proprietary e-Pedal single-pedal driving feature in e-Power vehicles.

In the coming years, we may see a Nissan Juke e-Power as well. This was revealed by Ivan Espinosa, Senior Vice President – Global Product Planning and Program Management at Nissan. That’s not all, Espinosa suggested that the smaller Nissan Juke could adopt a pure electric powertrain at some point. “The Juke could be 100 per cent electric in future – why not,” he said.

Mk2 Nissan Juke
The smaller Nissan Juke could convert into a pure-electric crossover in the next generation.

2021 Nissan Qashqai nearing its release

In August engineers were spotted testing the 2021 Nissan Qashqai in its production body on the public roads. Spy shots revealed an evolutionary design for the all new compact SUV. A familiar silhouette, new, inline LED headlamps and new radiator grille with a bigger opening and chrome trim on the outer edges in the same style as the latest Nissan Juke and the 2021 Nissan Rogue (2021 Nissan X-Trail) can be seen in the spy pictures. In November Nissan released images (below) that gave a closer look at the proportions.

2021 Nissan Qashqai for India?

Nissan evaluated the previous generation Qashqai for India but backed-out after the initial interest. The current generation model never made it to India, and Nissan had not renewed the X-Trail either, having discontinued its premium SUV over 6 years ago. Experiencing a series of failed attempts at rebooting sales with products like the Nissan Kicks, new Datsun Go & Go+, and others did not help the prospects of Nissan’s premium vehicles. The future of the Yokohama-headquartered brand hinges on the acceptance of the Nissan Magnite and if the sub-4m SUV can woo customers back into Nissan dealerships, it would make a good case for exploring larger SUVs.