Nissan launches three-technology offensive

Nissan electrified range for 2022 in the passenger car segment. From left to right: Ariya, Leaf 2022, X-trail e-Power, Qashqai e-Power and Juke e-Tech

Unobtrusive in recent years, Nissan returns to the race for electrification with a new offensive based on three major technologies.

12 years after the launch of the first generation of Leaf, Nissan is gaining new momentum in the field of electrification. Between hybrids and 100% electric, the manufacturer plans to launch five new models by 2022. A busy schedule that the brand presented at the event Nissan electrified organized on March 15 and 16 in Madrid, Spain.

CMF-EV for Ariya

While the Leaf continues its career with a slightly remodeled version, the Nissan Ariya will be the manufacturer’s big news for 2022 in the 100% electric segment.

This large 4.6 m long SUV, clearly luxurious compared to the other models of the brand, inherits the CMF-EV platform that also equips the Renault electric Megane. In terms of technology, the Ariya is available in two battery configurations: 63 and 87 kWh of usable capacity for ranges ranging from 403 to 520 kilometers with the tank full.

There are also several engine configurations in the program. In practice, they will depend on the chosen battery. While the small battery is entitled to a 160 kW block, the large package comes in two versions. Classic, the first is a traction and accumulates 178 kW. Introducing a new technology called e-Force, the second is configured in all-wheel drive and goes up to 225 kW.

As for the load, it’s the revolution. Nissan is adapting (finally) to the European market by abandoning the CHAdeMO standard in favor of the CCS Combo connector. Tolerating up to 130 kW of power, it is paired with a 7.4 kW on-board charger that can be increased to 22 kW as an option for versions equipped with the “large battery”.

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For Nissan, the Ariya is just the first step in a new offensive in the electric car segment. By taking over the different platforms of the alliance, the brand will continue to expand its range for years to come. One of the next steps will be the electric Micra. A cousin of the electric Renault 4, the new version of the city car will inherit the “small” CMF-BEV platform. Made in Douai, it will be released in 2024.

First laps

On the occasion of an event organized by the brand in Madrid, Automobile Propre was able to take the wheel of the new Japanese SUV in a very elegant “Pearl Black” color that contrasts with a color seen and revised launch.

Let’s be honest, it’s hard to form a real opinion. Organized on the circuit in “single file” mode, this first “test drive” did not really appreciate all the features and equipment of the new Japanese SUV. After a few laps at different speeds, the on-board computer showed an average consumption of 24 kWh / 100 km. A figure that will have to be revalidated during a more complete test.

e-Tech for Juke

At Nissan, electrification also involves hybridization. In the compact SUV segment, it is the Juke that adheres to Renault’s e-Tech technology. A choice that is not surprising as the small crossover from Nissan shares its platform (CMF B) with the Captur, also equipped with the system.

With 145 horsepower, this hybrid Nissan Juke is more powerful and consumes less power than the other engines in the range. If the approval is to be higher, the integration of the battery reduces the charging space by about 70 liters.

Juke-Hybrid Juke ICE DCT7
ICE power 69 kW – 94 hp 84 kW – 114 hp
EV power 36 kW – 49 hp
Total power 105 kW – 143 hp 84 kW – 114 hp
CO2 WLTP 117 – 118 g / km 136 – 143 g / km
Combined consumption 5.1 – 5.2 l / 100 km 6.0 – 6.3 l / 100 km
0 – 100 km / h 10.1 s 11.8 s
Trunk volume 354 liters 422 liters
Trunk volume, rear seat folded 1,237 liters 1,305 liters

Developed by Renault, the e-Tech system on board the hybrid Juke will use Nissan components

e-Power for Qashqai and X-Trail

Launched in 2017 in the small Note in Japan, e-Power technology will have to be expected in Europe for a long time. Based on a standard hybrid configuration never seen before on the market, it will equip two models in the Nissan range in 2022: the Qashqai and the X-Trail.

For the European market, the configuration of the system has been revised upwards. While the Japanese Note is made up of a 95 kW electric motor, the Nissan Qashqai e-Power has a 140 kW block. The same goes for the thermal part. Limited to a simple extension used to recharge a small battery, the petrol engine increases power to 116 kW on the Qashqai e-Power (62 kW for the Note). A configuration that could be revised slightly upwards in the X-Trail e-Power, the features of which have not yet been revealed.

Nissan Qashqai
electric motor 140 kW
Heat engine 116 kW
Couple 330 Nm
CO2 emissions 119 g / km
Consumption 5.3 l / 100 km

To get into the hybrid, Nissan relies on two technologies with very different architectures.

The return of the electric company with the Townstar

After leaving the zero-emission utility segment with the discontinuation of the Nissan e-NV200 a few months ago, Nissan is preparing to return to the segment with the Townstar. Once again, the synergies are in order as the model will inherit the same platform as the new Kangoo electric.

At the technical level, the characteristics are the same as those of the diamond cousin. Thus, there is a 90 kW (122 hp) electric motor coupled to a 44 kWh battery. In terms of autonomy, the manufacturer promises up to 300 kilometers in urban use.

A range 100% electrified in 2030

Integrated into the Alliance’s “Ambition 2030” roadmap, Nissan will gradually expand its electrified range. Although new investments in heat engines will cease in 2023, the brand intends to reach 100% of electrified sales by the end of the decade. A program supported by an investment of 15.6 billion euros over the next 5 years.

At the Alliance level, Nissan has also taken the lead in batteries. While it intends to phase out the use of cobalt in its lithium-ion batteries, the manufacturer also specializes in solid-state batteries. A first pilot production line is planned in Yokohama, Japan, in 2024 before a market launch scheduled for 2028. Although Nissan does not yet give many details about this new generation of batteries, it is expected that “it will be more safer, cheaper and more efficient “. than current lithium-ion batteries.

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