The Nissan Qashqai goes to a whole new generation. It abandons diesel and only offers three gasoline engines with light hybridization.

When Nissan launched its very first Qashqai in 2007, the Japanese manufacturer could not imagine such a success. Fourteen years later, the physiognomy of the entire automobile market has changed on the old continent. And that’s no doubt in large part thanks to sales of this family SUV designed as a raised sedan and no longer a real 4×4. The third generation of the Qashqai will therefore have a lot to do, since it will have to face competition from now on formidable: Peugeot 3008, Renault Kadjar, Volkswagen Tiguan, Hyundai Tucson and other Ford Kuga occupy a land overloaded with models.

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Style wise, it just gains in aggressiveness compared to the previous generation

On the style side, the new third-generation Qashqai opts for a more aggressive approach but without a big break compared to the previous version. It gets a little bigger (+31mm long at 4.43 meters) and increases the length of its wheelbase by 19mm. The interior, with a much more modern dashboard (equipped with two large digital screens), thus becomes more habitable in the rear seats: + 15mm of headroom and + 28mm of knee space (the trunk also gains 70 liters).

No more diesel

This new Qashqai, which will now have to coexist with the 100% electric Ariya in the Nissan SUV range, is completely abandoning diesel engines. Customers will now have to make do with two versions of the 1.3-liter turbo micro-hybrid four-cylinder block, 140 horsepower (in manual gearbox) or 158 horsepower (with optional X-Tronic automatic transmission). The top of the range will be formed by the e-Power version, which will compete with Honda CR-V hybrids and other Hyundai Tucson hybrids with a non-rechargeable hybrid powertrain. With 190 horsepower, the latter uses a 1.5 liter thermal block of 158 horsepower (with variable compression ratio) as a simple energy generator for the electric motor which drives the front wheels. Only the 158-horsepower micro-hybrid version can be equipped with an optional four-wheel drive.

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Inside, it’s prettier than before

An introductory price of € 36,240

Unsurprisingly, the new Qashqai makes the plan for hi-tech equipment and driving aids. In addition to the usual extended smartphone compatibilities (Carplay and Android Auto), the ProPilot driving assistant (including adaptive cruise control and lane assist) now reads the signs to adjust the maximum speed. Equipped with optional matrix lighting, it also receives new safety systems, particularly during maneuvers. It remains to try this new competitor of the current star of family crossovers, the Peugeot 3008. For the moment, only the launch version of the Premiere Edition is available to order, at a price of 36,240 € in 140 horsepower version and 39,340 € in the 158 horsepower automatic transmission version.