The Qashqai E-Power is the second model in the Nissan stable to gain this hybrid technology
The Japanese brand has confirmed that the E-Power variant will go on sale online on November 2nd, with the new hybrid variant available exclusively in the top-spec Ti guise, with a starting price of$51,590 before on-road costs.
The rest of the petrol-only range kicks off from $33,890 before on-road costs for the Qashqai ST.
Nissan Australia has said that the Qashqai E-Power small SUV will be built in 2023 before the car arrives locally in the first quarter of 2024.
Interested customers will be able to place a refundable deposit of $1000 on a Nissan Qashqai E-Power on November 2nd.
Nissan Australia senior manager of corporate communications Emily Fadeyev told Chasing Cars there would be a “decent number” of Qashqai E-Power units coming in the first quarter of 2024, however an exact figure was not stated.
There is also the possibility of a cheaper E-Power grade becoming available at a later date, reflecting the addition of an ST-L hybrid grade to the Nissan X-Trail midsize SUV.
“[It] will really depend on demand,” said Fadeyev. “If there is demand for E-Power in lower grades of Qashqai then we would certainly look at the business case.”
The Qashqai range starts off with the ST, priced from $33,890 before on-road costs, and includes the following standard specification:
Jumping up into the ST+, owners will receive:
Next up is the ST-L variant which adds:
The Nissan Qashqai Ti adds:
And at the top of the range, the Qashqai E-Power Ti includes:
The non-hybrid range of Nissan Qashqai is powered by a 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque. This engine is mated to Nissan’s CVT automatic transmission.
The E-Power Ti is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that is mated to an electric motor. Unlike some other hybrid systems, Nissan’s E-Power variant does not have a physical link between the engine and the wheels.
Instead, the combustion engine acts as a generator to create electricity to either be transferred via an inverter to the onboard battery pack, or to the electric motor, or both.
The variable-compression turbo-petrol engine produces 116kW of power, while the electric motor produces 140kW of power which is then sent to the wheels.
The Qashqai was tested by safety authority ANCAP in 2021 where it received a five-star rating. The vehicle scored well with a 91 percent adult occupant protection, a 93 percent child occupant protection and 97 percent for safety assist.
Every Nissan Qashqai is equipped with the following safety features:
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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