Nissan has detailed a new hybrid powertrain for the Qashqai, which promises greater efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.
The Qashqai e-Power utilises a new 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine but, unlike in regular hybrids, the petrol-powered unit is only used to generate electricity. A 188PS electric motor is used to provide drive to the wheels.
This setup means the Qashqai e-Power drives like an electric car, with a linear power delivery. A battery is used to store residual power to support the engine during periods of high load.
“With Nissan’s bold e-Power technology, we feel that customers will fall in love with the feeling of an electric powertrain, without the range concerns.
“It’s a powertrain which they will enjoy driving and represents an excellent option to be greener in their day-to-day life. Overall, the Qashqai e-Power will appeal to drivers who aren’t yet ready for a pure EV in their lives, but do want to be more eco-conscious and enjoy the fun-to-drive EV-feeling day to day,” said Arnaud Charpentier, region vice president for Product Strategy and Pricing, Nissan AMIEO region.
Nissan says the new Qashqai e-Power emits 119g/km, although it is still pending final homologation. It states that the powertrain should deliver 53.3mpg. Currently, the most efficient Qashqai model is the 1.3-litre DIG-T Automatic, which emits 142g/km and achieves 44.9mpg.
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