• Nissan has unveiled the all-new third generation Nissan Qashqai.

    More than three million units of Qashqai have been sold since Nissan first launched the model in 2007 and as per the two previous generations, the design for the all-new Qashqai has come from Nissan’s European Design Studio in London, UK.

    Supporting Nissan’s goal of achieving 50% electrified sales in Europe by 2024, the new Nissan Qashqai will be available with a 1.3 DiG-T petrol equipped with mild hybrid technology, as well the European debut of ‘e-POWER’, Nissan’s extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) powertrain that draws technologies from the company’s Nissan LEAF electric vehicle. All diesel offerings have been dropped from the Qashqai range entirely.

    The Qashqai’s e-POWER system is comprised of a high-output battery and powertrain integrated with 154hp petrol engine, power generator, inverter and 140kW electric motor of similar size and power output as found in Nissan’s electric vehicles. 

    The petrol engine is used solely to generate electricity, whilst the wheels are completely driven by the electric motor. This means the engine can always run within its optimal range, leading to superior fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions compared with a traditional internal combustion engine.

    The all-new Nissan Qashqai is set to go on sale this Summer, with prices still to be confirmed.

 

  • Honda has also revealed a third-generation SUV this week, the New Honda HR-V.

    The new HR-V will be a hybrid-only model, with pure-petrol and diesel offerings having been removed from the lineup completely. The HR-V is the latest model in Honda's line-up to wear the e:HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) badge, following the refreshed CR-V and all new Jazz that launched in 2020. It expands Honda's electrified line up as the brand moves further towards its goal of electrifying all of its European mainstream models by 2022.

    The design includes a new bold integrated grille, while the body shape incorporates a long bonnet and sharper, more vertical sides to ensure there is no impact on interior space. The bonnet centre is low and flat, with a shoulder line that flows to the base of the A-pillars, projecting a sense of stability and security that further enhancs the SUV aesthetic.

    The New Honda HR-V will go on sale in Europe in 2021, with prices and specs to be released in the coming months.