THAT broker favourite, the Nissan Qashqai, has been caught testing in camouflage.

Due to be built at Sunderland, the new Nissan Qashqai will be available in spring 2021.

What’s intriguing about the new car is its hybrid powertrain called e-POWER.

While power is always delivered to the wheels by an electric motor, there is an engine driven generator that keeps the battery topped up. Under acceleration the engine offers additional boost to the battery.

Nissan says the e-POWER system offers drivers the linear acceleration associated with EV driving but without the range anxiety. And claims that is the perfect transition into EV driving, especially for high mileage drivers with a combination of convenience, refinement, and economy.

Rear three quarters view of the new Nissan Qashqai
Rear view of the all-new Nissan Qashqai testing in camouflage

In addition to the e-POWER hybrid, there will be a more traditional mild hybrid version with a 1.3-litre petrol engine.

The Qashqai has been hugely successful for Nissan, selling over 1m units. In the UK it has become a broker staple, with attractive rentals from sub-£200.

The new Qashqai is going to change what customers can expect from a family car. Comfort, refinement and technology will be from higher categories of car, while the driving experience will satisfy drivers and passengers alike. With Nissan’s bold e-POWER technology, we feel that customers will fall in love with the feeling of an electric powertrain, without the range concerns

Gianluca de Ficchy, chairman, Nissan Europe
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