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Nissan unveils Qashqai e-Power hybrid

Nissan Qashqai e-Power

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.

Read our Nissan Qashqai first drive review, here.

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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