We first saw the next-generation Nissan Qashqai testing on public roads this summer. The Japanese automaker has just released its first teaser images prior to an official debut next spring.
Most of the photos don’t reveal much - they depict a heavily camouflaged prototype, something we’ve already seen a number of times. However, one of the images gives us a sneak peek at the new Qashqai’s LED daytime running lights, positioned between the bonnet and the front fascia. It’s probably too early to say for certain but this layout looks pretty similar to the front fascia of the new Nissan Juke.
Gallery: 2021 Nissan Qashqai teaser images
More importantly, Nissan says the 2021 Qashqai will become the brand’s first model for Europe to be underpinned by the CMF-C, which should bring a healthy weight diet. For example, all four doors, the front wings, and the bonnet are made of aluminium, which shaves off a total of 21 kilograms over the outgoing model.
Nissan also says the new Qashqai will be available with two powertrain options in Europe. Gone is the diesel engine but if you want to stick with traditional combustion power, you’ll be able to order a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology. The manufacturer doesn’t go into detail but explains the unit will be sold in two power outputs.
Probably a more interesting option, the Qashqai is getting the so-called e-Power mill, which is basically a hybrid powertrain of the range-extender type. It features a combustion engine that doesn’t power the wheels directly but generates electric energy, which is used by the electric motor. Again, no specifications of this setup are currently available.
The new Qashqai has been developed almost entirely in Europe. We'll know more next spring when the new Qashqai will debut.