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Nissan has revealed the full trim level line-up and pricing for the new third-generation Qashqai family SUV, which is set to begin UK deliveries later this year.

The range starts from £23,535 for a 136bhp 1.3-litre mild-hybrid manual in Visia trim. Step-up Acenta Premium models start from £26,135 with the same powertrain but can also be ordered with the more powerful, 154bhp engine, in either manual or Xtronic automatic guise.

More generously equipped N-Connecta trim starts from £28,305 and is the first grade to get the option of all-wheel drive - but only when paired with the more powerful engine and an automatic transmission, costing £32,335.

Top-spec Tekna+ models are available with only the 154bhp petrol engine, with prices starting at £34,175 for a six-speed manual and rising to £37,835 for an automatic with all-wheel drive.

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A limited number of first-off-the-line Première Edition models remain available to order, priced from £29,270 and available with either a 136bhp or 154bhp 1.3-litre mild-hybrid petrol engine. The former has a six-speed manual, while the latter comes with Nissan's new Xtronic CVT gearbox.

Described as "generously specified", the Première Edition is equipped as standard with the Qashqai's new head-up display (said to be the largest in this segment), a wireless charging pad, smartphone mirroring functionality, a top-rung connectivity package and LED matrix headlights. 

Visually, this special edition is marked out from standard Qashqai models by its matt silver roof rails, and can be painted in the same range of two-tone colour schemes as the standard car. 

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The third-generation Nissan Qashqai marks a radical departure in all measures from its strong-selling predecessors, ushering in a new platform, a bold new look and hybrid-only powertrains.

Designed, engineered and produced in the UK, the new Qashqai sits atop an updated version of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s CMF-C platform and has been completely redesigned with a “more purposeful” stance and “athletic and dynamic” styling cues. The front end is dominated by Nissan’s new V-Motion chrome grille surround, while the headlights – now LED matrix items – have been slimmed down and given a new ‘boomerang’ shape.

Increases of 35mm in length and 32mm in width help the new Qashqai to appear longer and lower than its predecessor, while new optional 20in alloy wheels mark a push upmarket for higher-spec variants.

Designer Matt Weaver said the shift to electrified-only powertrains influenced the new Qashqai’s styling because it necessitated a heightened focus on aerodynamics, highlighting the front-end’s vertical air channels and the car's slightly tapered shape as a key differentiator over the previous, non-electrified car. The body shell is lighter, too, with new composite and aluminium panels contributing to an overall 60kg body-in-white weight loss. New welding and stamping techniques have improved overall stiffness by 41%, improving refinement, safety and responsiveness.

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The revised CMF-C platform incorporates a new Macpherson strut suspension set-up at both ends. The two-wheel-drive car is equipped with a beam axle at the rear, while the four-wheel-drive variant adopts a more advanced multi-link set-up. The Qashqai also receives a more responsive power steering set-up, which, Nissan says, will “continue to offer a rewarding driving experience”, and also “be enjoyable when the road turns twisty”.

The interior has been subject to equally substantial revisions in line with Nissan’s aim to set “a new segment standard for premium feel, distinctive design and enhanced usability”, with an emphasis on advanced infotainment and safety technology. A new 9.0in high-definition multimedia touchscreen replaces the outgoing car’s 7.0in unit, while a 10.8in head-up display is said to be the largest in its segment. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa bring voice control functionality, and the NissanConnect smartphone app allows remote control of certain functions including the horn, lights and central locking.

Forward visibility has been improved with repositioned door mirrors, thinner A-pillars and a wider windscreen opening angle. In the rear there’s an additional 28mm of knee room for passengers, thanks largely in part to an increase in wheelbase. The rear doors now open to 85deg for easier ingress and egress and improved access to children in the back seats. Boot capacity is also up, by 50 litres over that of the current model, courtesy of a revised rear suspension layout which allows for a lower cargo floor.

The Qashqai will be available with a choice of two electrified petrol powertrains, the more conventional of which pairs a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a 12V mild hybrid system for boosts to performance and efficiency. Chosen to offer greater affordability over a 48V system, the 12V set-up recovers energy under deceleration to power on-board systems when the engine is stopped and provide a small torque boost when accelerating.

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The petrol unit can be specified with 136bhp or 154bhp and paired to either a six-speed manual gearbox or, on the more powerful car, a new Xtronic CVT. The 154bhp engine makes 199lb ft and is optionally available with four-wheel drive, which offers Standard, Eco, Sport, Snow and Off-road drive modes.

New to Nissan’s European line-up and making its debut on the Qashqai is the unconventional ePower powertrain, which is described as “a unique approach to electrification” that can make “everyday driving exciting”. Like a traditional full hybrid, the 188bhp ePower drivetrain mates a 1.5-litre petrol engine to a 145kW electric motor for ‘self-charging’ functionality, but differs in that the petrol engine is unconnected to the driven wheels and is instead used exclusively to power the electric motor.

Nissan says this innovative set-up offers enhanced fuel economy and lower emissions while allowing the characteristic instant torque and quick acceleration of a pure electric car. The Qashqai ePower follows the all-electric Nissan Leaf in gaining an ‘e-Pedal’ which can be used for both acceleration and deceleration, and can drive for limited distances (less than two miles) with the engine off.

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Q&A: Matt Weaver, vice president of Nissan Design Europe

How do you go about reinventing such a popular car?

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“In a way it’s an advantage because three million customers across Europe offer quite a lot of feedback to us. So we knew there were certain anchor points we wanted to use in the design from a DNA perspective, then we listened to what the customers liked from the previous generation so we could incorporate that.”

Do you have a favourite aspect?

“I really like the sharp single line that runs from front to rear, and we’ve invented a new wheelarch layout. It’s quite unusual, because the widest point is at the front and then it goes in, so it gives the car a very wide front aspect. We’re trying to move surfacing along, because the Qashqai is very similar proportionally. We want to keep it recognisable to the customer.”

How do you balance attracting conquest custom with retaining current owners?

“That’s something where Nissan is in a sweet spot. The car is completely fresh; conquest customers will be attracted to it because it stands on a solid foundation of practicality and usability, yet the car has moved on so much that people will see it and think: “This is talking to me, I can see the technology and electrification on board.”

The first Qashqai had it easy as a segment pioneer; this car won’t. How do you keep standing out?

“This styling moves the game on a lot; I don’t think you’ll see any of these cues on competitors, so I’m confident it will lead in that area. And we’ve done a lot for precision and embedded technology.”


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xxxx 30 April 2021

Starting from 23.5k for a tall hatchback of this size and spec bodes well for the future of Nissan in the UK. May prove to be a bit of a bargain in my book.

Marc 16 March 2021
1.3 mild hybrid. Sounds exciting!
gavsmit 16 March 2021

Bottom line: it's 30 grand for a small/medium sized family hatchback that's not even an EV.

And I bet the adverts will only be quoting deceitful monthly payment amounts instead of that huge list price.

You'd be mad to buy a new car these days, outright or on finance, it's just money down the drain either way.

xxxx 17 March 2021
gavsmit wrote:

Bottom line: it's 30 grand for a small/medium sized family hatchback that's not even an EV.


Small/medium, it is even larger than the previous model and you would'nt use small in description.