Overseas pre-production Nissan QASHQAI e-POWER model shown. Australian specifications and features may differ to those shown within the image. Image shown is indicative only.
Nissan QASHQAI e-POWER launch timing and pricing confirmed
MELBOURNE, Australia (October 19, 2023) – Nissan will soon introduce its second model to feature its innovative e-POWER technology, with the first Nissan QASHQAI e-POWER vehicles set to be built in 2023 and arrive in Australia in Q1, 2024.
Nissan’s e-POWER technology will feature on the well-equipped flagship Ti grade, giving Australian car buyers an exciting powertrain choice in the small SUV segment.
Following the popularity of the X-TRAIL e-POWER, and the success of the Nissan Z NISMO online reservation program, the QASHQAI e-POWER will be able to be reserved online at Nissan.com.au from November 2nd, 2023.
Customers will then be asked to nominate their preferred dealer for delivery, with the online system working in tandem with Nissan’s extensive dealership network to deliver personalised service and convenience.
“We know Australians love the driving dynamics of the X-TRAIL e-POWER, and we are thrilled to offer this innovative technology on a second model, expanding its potential further,” says Nissan Australia Managing Director, Adam Paterson.
“Whether you’re in the city, further afield, or travel frequently between both, the Nissan QASHQAI e-POWER provides a smooth, exciting, drive without ever having to stop to recharge.”
Nissan QASHQAI grade walk
Nissan QASHQAI ST - $33,890 (MSRP)*
Nissan QASHQAI ST+ - $37,890 (MSRP)*
- 12.3" high-definition digital infotainment screen
- Satellite navigation
- Wireless Apple CarPlay®~
- LED front fog lights
- Automatic rain-sensing front wipers
- 18" alloy wheels
- Intelligent Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection
- Optional two-tone roof (available at extra cost)
Nissan QASHQAI ST-L - $42,190 (MSRP)*
Nissan QASHQAI Ti - $47,390 (MSRP)*
Nissan QASHQAI e-POWER Ti - $51,590 (MSRP)*
- e-POWER (variable compression ratio 1.5L turbo-petrol 3cyl engine, power generator, inverter and electric motor, combined system output of 140kW and 330Nm)
- e-Pedal Step
- Regenerative brake
- Vehicle Sound (pedestrians)
- Active Noise Cancellation
- Premium front grille
- e-POWER badging
Innovative and exciting: Nissan QASHQAI e-POWER
The QASHQAI’s e-POWER system consists of a high-output battery that is complemented by a variable compression ratio 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo-charged petrol engine generating 116kW, a power generator, inverter and 140kW electric motor of similar size and power output as found in Nissan's LEAF electric vehicle. The petrol engine generates electricity, which can be transmitted via the inverter to the battery pack, the electric motor or both, according to the driving scenario.
What sets this powertrain apart is that the electric motor delivers power directly to the wheels, so its response is instant and linear. The new QASHQAI's e-POWER system was conceived to deliver a pleasurable, effortless and smooth driving experience, without the need to recharge.
Variable compression ratio technology
At the heart of Nissan's QASHQAI e-POWER system is a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo-charged variable compression 116kW petrol engine.
First used by Nissan's premium brand Infiniti, the engine's variable compression capability is a unique feature in an internal combustion engine and allows it to adjust compression ratio to balance performance and economy, depending on the engine load. Ahead of its first introduction in 2018 with Infiniti, it was listed as being among the world's 10 best engines by Ward's, a US-based automotive consultancy.
The variation in compression ratio ranges between 8:1 and 14:1. This is achieved by the movement of an actuator which changes the length of the piston stroke according to the demand for power.
During low power demand scenarios – such as constant speed with a good state of charge in the battery - the compression ratio will be at the higher range which optimises consumption and emissions. Under high demand — involving more spirited driving, to charge the battery or to supply power directly to the motor — a lower compression ratio will be activated which will maximise the engine's power output. The transition between differing compression ratios is seamless, with no input required from the driver.
Key to the development of the e-POWER system for the QASHQAI was the need to ensure the driving experience gave a "connected" sensation, where the petrol engine speed remains relative to the QASHQAI's road speed. The disparity between engine speed and road speed is a phenomenon that drivers and passengers find unsettling. For example, a sudden rise in engine revs without a commensurate increase in speed is perceived as frustrating and "disconnected" by occupants. Engineers at Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) in the UK and Spain collaborated in developing a system called "Linear Tune". This feature governs the petrol engine and progressively increases the speed of the 1.5-litre engine to meet the motor's energy demands as the car accelerates, ensuring there is no "disconnect" between what the occupants experience in terms of performance and sound.
Similar to the LEAF, the new QASHQAI e-POWER benefits from a ‘one-pedal' driving experience called e-Pedal Step>. Designed to take the repetitive strain out of stop-start urban driving, where the driver is frequently moving their foot between the accelerator and brake, e-Pedal Step> allows drivers to accelerate and brake using just the accelerator.
The system must first be activated by the switch on the centre console and once engaged, the accelerator will deliver acceleration as usual. Upon release of the accelerator, e-Pedal Step will brake the QASHQAI at 0.2g, enough to illuminate the brake lights, and reduce the speed down to a "creeping" speed, not a complete stop. This ensures low-speed parking manoeuvres are as smooth as possible. Drivers will quickly adapt their accelerator pedal inputs to maintain smooth progress, ensuring urban driving is more intuitive and less demanding.
A responsive and quiet drive
The advantage of the e-POWER system is that the engine runs within its optimal range and best compression ratio. Thanks to the unique powertrain, there's no delay in the delivery of torque as can be the case in a traditional hybrid, where there can be a sudden rise in engine speed as it responds to the accelerator demand for immediate acceleration. The instant response of the e-POWER system delivers a unique and exciting driving experience.
To maximise performance, in high acceleration or high speed situations, the energy management control unit within the e-POWER system can send the power generated by the 1.5-litre engine directly to the electric motor, via the inverter, to bolster the electricity supply which is coming from the battery.
*Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) are provided for media purposes only and do not include premium paint, statutory charges or other on-road costs.
~CarPlay is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Android Auto is a trademark of Google LLC. Compatible device and USB connection required.
^Leather accented features and upholstery may contain synthetic material.
>The e-Pedal Step may not be suitable under all driving conditions, correct operation is the responsibility of the driver.
+Bose is a registered trademark of Bose Corporation.
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