Nissan Qasqhai e-Power, the hybrid that would go through an electric and without plug

Nissan Qasqhai e-Power, the hybrid that would go through an electric and without plug

Nissan is launching the most anticipated Qasqhai: the one with its e-Power system. The first units with it will reach buyers throughout the month of September and can be reserved with the N-Connecta, Tekna and Tekna+ levels, with a respective price, with promotional campaigns included, starting from 39,850, 42,450 and 45,200 euros. It is also available for 500 euros per month for 37 months, with an entry of 5,500 euros.

Remember that the Qashaqi, a 4.43 m SUV, has been on the market since last year with micro-hybrid gasoline versions with 12-volt electrical architecture of 140 and 158 hp and from 31,850 euros.

Electricity without plug

This hybrid propulsion system allows the thrust provided by a 140 kW (190 hp) electric motor. It is powered by a high-voltage lithium-ion battery with a total capacity of 2.1 kWh located under the front seats and whose energy is produced by a 110 kW generator powered by a combustion engine. This one, always detached from the driveline contrary to what happens with other hybrids, is a three-cylinder petrol engine, a 1.5 of 140 hp with turbo and variable compression between 14:1 and 8:1: it is high with few accelerations, to reduce consumption; and low at load so that power prevails while simultaneously increasing boost pressure.

With it, this SUV reaches an approved consumption of 5.3 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 120 g/km, even if there will be a 119 version. Its DGT label is eco, like that of the other versions of the SUV and, with this consumption, e-Power fills the void of Diesels that the Qasqhai lacks: the 1.3 petrol of the rest of the homologous variants from 6.3 to 7.0 l/100 km.

Nissan sees it as a intermediate technology between thermal and electric engines. With the latter, it has in common the Smooth but perhaps not overpowering throttle response, as well as delivery of that linear thrust, without jolts of any kind.

In addition, like the brand’s electrics, it has the possibility of having retention similar to these if the E-Pedal mode key is activated: energy is regenerated there – it also does this more clearly if B is used in the gearbox instead of D if it is not accelerated – and it brakes when the pressure on the accelerator decreases, without for as well come to a complete stop of the car, since for that it is necessary to use the brake.

The internal combustion engine does not run continuously but varies and, without a proper gearbox -the electric motor is associated with a reduction gear to transfer its rotation to the front axle- the increase or decrease in the noise of the heat engine varies only when the acceleration increases or decreases. It’s noticeable so the driver gets a natural feel that accompanies the press of the accelerator, though it’s mitigated by an active noise-cancellation system that works with the audio system.

This sound is more pleasant than what an increase in power demand assumes in the automatic Qasqhaisudden or not, where there is an audible slipping sensation typical of CVT shifts that does not correspond with acceleration.

For a few moments that depend a lot on the type of terrain and what is being accelerated, Nissan’s e-Power system can move this SUV without the combustion engine running. To do this, on the central console and next to the e-Pedal keys and the three operating modes that act on retention, steering or accelerator, there is one more with the indication EV Mode that you have to press. We were able to verify that before the speed – we reached 100 km/h but not faster due to the legal imperative of the races in which we participated – using exclusively the electricity stored in the battery and warning that the gasoline engine It started either because it was exhausted or because we accelerated more than the system tolerated.

In terms of performance, the Nissan Qasqhai e-Power accelerates by 0 to 100km/h in 7.9s and can reach a top speed of 170km/h. Its weight, which in the version with less equipment is 1,612 kilos, is 282 kilos higher than the lightest Qasqhai with only a gasoline engine, the 130 hp, and with a manual gearbox.

The incorporation of the hybrid propulsion system in the Qasqhai no change in terms of available interior space or cargo space. In any case, the only difference compared to the versions of this SUV already on the market lies in the adoption of a new screen for the infotainment equipment or a command for the change which will be incorporated in the petrol versions.

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