The move would build on the popularity of the firm’s e-Power hybrid powertrain, Nissan Europe boss Guillaume Cartier has said, and aid its push to ensure that EVs comprise more than half of its total global sales by 2030.
The hybrid system helped the Sunderland-built Qashqai grow its European sales to 105,956 last year, according to figures from trade body Jato.
“The point is we go in a transition manner, in a smart manner, with e-Power then to BEV,” said Cartier. “We’re just launching e-Power [now].”
“We need to take the benefit of it on Qashqai. We have evolved, so this is something that it’s natural to look at, which would be the future.”
The Japanese brand is also pinning its hopes on an electric alternative to revive X-Trail sales, which dropped 74% in Europe last year, to just 2380 units. This left it below the electric Nissan Ayira, which achieved 3182 in its debut year.
However, production is at an early stage, Cartier admitted: “At the moment we are looking at those cars, for sure.”
All three cars are expected to sit on the EV-dedicated variant of parent group Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi’s Common Module Family (CMF) platform that can accommodate a range of body shapes, wheelbase lengths and battery sizes. First used on last year’s Ariya, CMF-EV now also underpins the Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric.
Currently, the similarly sized Qashqai and X-Trail use the CMF-CD platform, while the Juke sits on the smaller CMF-B structure, which is also used by the Renault Clio.
Any electric variants are expected as replacements for the current-generation models and scheduled to arrive between 2025 and 2027. A Juke EV is due first, but Cartier hinted that all three will be sold alongside an e-Power variant.