The 2021 Nissan Qashqai will be revealed in an event to be held in the month of February.
The official date has been announced by the company as it will be made available on the 18th of this month. The interesting aspect of this announcement is that we didn’t have to wait days to know about the key specs and the major changes about to be made to this vehicle.
Joining the many SUVs that Nissan already has in its lineup, the Qashqai will no longer be offered in a diesel edition. With the automobile industry moving towards an electric future, it is easy to understand why diesel is no longer a choice in most vehicles these days. This particular model will be delivered with a mild-hybrid technology which will be paired with a four cylinder turbocharged engine. For buyers who like to take the leap, the ePower hybrid system will be a powerful new addition to the variants offered with this variant.
For anyone who is not yet comfortable walking into the hybrid or the newer variants, a conventional 1.3-liter turbo engine variant is also being offered. This particular trimline is a perfect fit for people who are looking for an affordable solution but would like to keep things simple. All the variants surprisingly are going to feature a mild hybrid technology that you may not have to worry much about. It features a 12V system with a 48V battery and allows the vehicle to be easily started or switched off, unlike a conventional petrol engine.
The conventional 1.5-liter engine will deliver an increased power of 187bhp which includes the power rendered by the electric motor as well. The car generates about 243 lb-feet of torque and features a futuristic dashboard system. Improving the infotainment system and the dashboard functionalities is one of the top priorities for nearly every automaker in 2021. The idea is to make cars far more tech-savvy than they have been as they move from being mechanical products to digital, as companies like Apple are going to step into the industry in the near future.
The 12.3-inch instrument display should be more than enough to know everything at a glance. Your entertainment is taken care of by the 9-inch touchscreen display which supports both Apple AirPlay and Android Auto. The 2021 Nissan Qashqai aims to be a crossover vehicle that blends the best of sedans and SUVs in a comfortable interior which we can confirm when it gets launched this month.
Bringing a luxurious feature like Propilot autonomous technology to the lowest car in the bracket might take time.
Nissan Micra, the entry level car from the auto brand will receive the feature in another years, by 2026.
Balancing cost and delivering the latest technologies to the average customer is a tough task. Automobile manufacturers usually segregate the segment by providing entry level cheap cars and reserving the top end components for the top of the trimline variants. However, the same cannot be done for the electrified motors or the self-driving technology. They are supposed to be rolled out to the masses so that brands can make a profit out of it.
Stewart Callegari, head of Nissan said that the propilot autonomous technology is coming to the high end 2017 Qashqai. While it is easy to incorporate it on the pricier models, it will take a decade for the same to be rolled out to the Micra. The model which is priced much lower when compared to the Qashqai will receive the same kind of tech in the year 2026.
“The present situation of the B-segment is very constrained. It might take some time for us to bring something like the Propilot to the segment. The manual gearbox models in the segment are predominantly purchased by price conscious buyers. It is entirely driven by the price tag which will change in time. It is when we can roll out something futuristic in cars like the Micra,” said Callegari.
Multiple functions can be handled by the Propilot feature in Nissan models. The autonomous system can control the position of the car’s steering and manage the brakes without any human intervention. It can automatically adjust the speed of the vehicle and apply brake at the right moment based on the type of the road. Multi-lane function will be added to the setup by the year 2018.
Despite the rise of autonomous technology, top engineers at Nissan is keen on retaining driver interaction in higher end models. They believe that customers want to be in control of the car to experience it to the core. At the same time, Nissan has been working on autonomous tech since 1990 and it enables them to quickly adapt to the changing times to offer the same to people who prefer to simply relax until they reach their destination, Callegari added.