The Nissan Qashqai is a compact SUV, which has been produced by Nissan Motor Company (Japan) since 2006. At the moment, there is the third generation of this popular model on the market (as of 2021).
Nissan Qashqai 2021. Bodywork, Exterior. SUV 5-doors, 3 generation
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2021 Nissan Qashqai SUV. 3rd generation

Nissan Qashqai 2021. Bodywork, Exterior. SUV 5-doors, 3 generation

The Nissan Qashqai is a compact SUV, which has been produced by Nissan Motor Company (Japan) since 2006. At the moment, there is the third generation of this popular model on the market (as of 2021).

On February 18, 2021, Nissan unveiled the third generation Qashqai SUV. The vehicle is based on a new platform. Boasting new technologies and hybrid engines, it is actually larger than its predecessor. The Qashqai is one of the three most popular Nissan models.

Exterior

The new Nissan Qashqai is the first European Nissan model to be built on the modular CMF-C platform. The car comprises a significantly larger volume of high-strength steel elements in the body and the supporting structure, thus becoming stronger by about 41%. The hood, rear doors and front fenders are made of aluminum, and the trunk lid is made of composite materials, which reduces weight by 60 kg compared to the previous generation. The vehicle is 4,425 mm long, 1,838 mm wide and 1,635 mm high. The wheelbase has grown by 20 mm and is 2,666 mm. The trunk has increased by 74 liters, reaching 504 liters.

The SUV has acquired a completely new exterior and now looks like the older models of the brand. The front face has particularly changed, featuring the signature enlarged V-motion grille, as well as sophisticated adaptive headlights with thin sections of LED running lights above them. Bigger size makes the vehicle look more impressive.

Powertrains and chassis

In 2021, the manufacturer introduced the Nissan Qashqai e-Power hybrid version, equipped with a new 1.5 liter turbocharged petrol engine (157 hp). Unfortunately, it is not yet available in Israel. There are two options: 1.3-liter turbocharged petrol engine generating 140 hp and 240 Nm, as well as a 1.5 liter turbocharged diesel engine (115 hp). Both of them are paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission, and come with front-wheel drive only. Mono-drive versions are equipped with a simple and cheap rear torsion bar suspension (all-wheel drive versions that are not supplied to Israel have a multi-link rear suspension).

Interior

The 2021 Nissan Qashqai’s interior design is also brand new. The redesigned media system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Nissan Connect has a display that has grown from seven to nine inches and is now located where the center ventilation deflectors used to be. The latter moved to its original place. By the way, a number of vehicle functions can be remotely controlled using the NissanConnect App.

The 2-zone climate control unit has become smaller. The steering wheel is also new and has more comfortable buttons on the spokes. A standard transmission lever is replaced by a joystick, and next to it there is a wireless charging pad (in the top version). There is also a 12.3-inch customizable TFT digital instrument cluster display.

Trim levels and equipment

The new Qashqai is available with the improved ProPilot semi-automatic control system, which is able to independently change the speed of the vehicle depending on the specific road situation. The electronic assistant uses the data of the navigator and the traffic sign recognition system, as well as information about other road users from the all-round cameras.

Trim levels:

The base Acenta comes in two variants:

  • 1.3-liter turbocharged petrol engine with 140 hp, coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive; acceleration to 100 km/h occurs in 10.5 seconds; top speed is 193 km/h;
  • 1.3-liter turbocharged petrol engine with 160 hp, coupled with a dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission and front-wheel drive; acceleration to 100 km/h occurs in 10.1 seconds; top speed is 198 km/h.

It includes a multimedia system with a touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interface and 6 speakers, 2-zone climate control, rain, light and parking sensors (front and rear), LED running lights, anti-lock brake system, braking force distribution system, tire-pressure monitoring system, dynamic stability control system, traction control system and high beam control system (controls the headlights, switching the high beam to low beam when detecting oncoming vehicles, and then back). There are six airbags and adaptive cruise control system, emergency braking system with pedestrian detection, traffic sign detection system and lane departure warning system.

Acenta Top also comes in two versions:

  • 1.3-liter turbocharged petrol engine with 160 hp, coupled with a dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission and front-wheel drive; acceleration to 100 km/h occurs in 10.1 seconds; top speed is 198 km/h;
  • 1.5-liter turbocharged diesel engine with 115 hp, coupled with a dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission and front-wheel drive; acceleration to 100 km/h occurs in 13 seconds; top speed is 183 km/h.

This trim level also includes a glass roof with electric sunblind and electric parking brake. The driver can rely on the following assistants: Active Ride Control, which ensures smooth braking to prevent unpleasant shaking of the body when hitting bumps in the road and provides a more comfortable ride; Intelligent Trajectory Control System, which ensures confident cornering and regulates the pressure in the brake system for each wheel individually to maintain an optimal trajectory when cornering.

Acenta Tech also comes in two variants:

  • 1.3-liter turbocharged petrol engine with 160 hp, coupled with a dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission and front-wheel drive; acceleration to 100 km/h occurs in 10.1 seconds; top speed is 198 km/h;
  • 1.5-liter turbocharged diesel engine with 115 hp, coupled with a dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission and front-wheel drive; acceleration to 100 km/h occurs in 13 seconds; top speed is 183 km/h;

The trim level includes all the equipment of the previous version, as well as 18-inch alloy wheels, 4 all-round cameras, and seats trimmed with more expensive fabric.

Acenta Tech Design

It comes with a 1.3 liter turbocharged petrol engine with 160 hp, coupled with a dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission and front-wheel drive; acceleration to 100 km/h occurs in 10.1 seconds; top speed is 198 km/h. The trim level includes a rear view camera and keyless entry system. The vehicle is distinguished by bumpers that have the same color as the vehicle and 19-inch wheels.

The top-end Tekna trim level

It comes with a 1.3 liter turbocharged petrol engine with 160 hp, coupled with a dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission and front-wheel drive; acceleration to 100 km/h occurs in 10.1 seconds; top speed is 198 km/h. The trim level offers leather interior, heated front seats, automatic parking, blind spot monitoring system, full LED optics, and intelligent adaptive headlights.

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