Self-check. Nissan Qashqai e-Power: a new technology in Europe

Aesthetic and comfortable, the new Qashqai e-power offers, according to the manufacturer, about 900 km of autonomy (© Nissan)

For those who are not happy with the 100% electric, Nissan launches a new engine, the e-Power, which is equipped with the new Qashqai hybrid that arrives, full of ambition, in the European SUV market.

Gasoline hybrid

E-Power is a unique technology as the car is equipped with a 55 liter petrol engine and a hybridisation system. In this device, the heat engine only serves to recharge the battery (it has no mechanical connection to the drive wheels) which then returns the energy produced to the electric motor.

Without the weight of the batteries

Therefore, the Qashqai e-Power runs on electricity, avoiding the heavy batteries of rechargeable hybrids … A small 1.8 kWh battery, however, allows energy to be recovered in the braking and deceleration phases. For Nissan, the idea is not to confuse unsuspecting future customers with 100% electric, offering an SUV that pollutes little, is comfortable and efficient: the speed here is effectively 100% electric but without recharging.

The SUVSUV pollutes little, offers driving comfort and performance (speed) while avoiding recharging times
The SUV pollutes little, offers driving comfort and performance while avoiding recharging times (Nissan)

“The machine is equipped with a 158 hp turbo gasoline engine and a 190 hp electric motor and emits only 119 g of CO2”

A curious technology …

For Qashqai e-Power to work, you just have to switch to the pump … Classic. According to Nissan, this e-Power technology allows you to target a consumption close to that of diesel but without using diesel. It’s hard to say if this curious fossil-based technology will find its audience in Europe, but Nissan is betting! That’s why the brand offers a very attractive SUV.

An announced range of 900 km

The machine is equipped with a 3-cylinder turbo gasoline engine developed by Nissan, equipped with a variable compression ratio to provide 158 hp, and a 190 hp electric motor. In the end, according to the manufacturer, the Qashqai e-Power only rejects 119 g of CO2, thus avoiding sanctions, and claims a consumption of 5.3 l per 100 km. Nissan announces a range of around 900 km.

The little one -: when you press the mushroom, the heat engine activates to provide power and becomes noisy …

“CO2 consumption and emissions remain relatively high and depend on driving style.”

Comfortable and well equipped

On the tarmac, the new, spacious and spacious Qashqai, a true 5-seater family car, evolves well with fluidity and an immediate electrical response. The cabin is well thought out, well soundproofed and the SUV is quite well equipped compared to other models in the range. In this version, the center screen is 9 to 12 inches.

The cabin is well thought out, well soundproofed and the SUV is quite well equipped compared to other models in the range.
The cabin is well thought out, well soundproofed and the SUV is quite well equipped compared to other models in the range. (© Nissan)

Riding between hybrids and electric

What about this Nissan Qashqai e-Power? The brand hopes to have developed the ideal intermediate solution for those most reluctant to fully electrify with this SUV straddling hybrid and electric … But the consumption of e-Power – and its CO2 emissions – is still relatively high , mainly because they depend a lot. about driving style. Will e-Power be the missing link in the evolution towards 100% electric?

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Nissan Qashqai e-Power: Performance

3-cylinder gasoline turbo engine
Tank: 55 liters
190 hp electric motor at 330 Nm
Autonomy: 900 km
CO2 emissions: 119 g / km
Average consumption: 5.3 l / 100 km
Price close to 40,000 euros.

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