Nissan Qashqai E-Power.  When you want an electrician but don’t want to waste time on a charger

Nissan Qashqai E-Power. When you want an electrician but don’t want to waste time on a charger


In March 2022, the Japanese boasted a new car version of their hit crossover. Nissan Qashqai has got a hybrid system that combines the advantages of an electric car and a combustion engine. Now we also had the opportunity to see for ourselves how the car called E-Power works.

From the outside, you cannot distinguish the Qashqai E-Power from a model with a more conventional car. These are just additional markings on the back door or on the bottom of the front doors. Inside there is a changed direction selector and a new display for the infotainment system.

Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power

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The most important thing about this model is, of course, what drives the wheels. A 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine works under the hood. It produces 158 horses and has variable compression technology. Its purpose is to ensure savings regardless of the load on the vehicle unit.

This was achieved by using a variable stroke length. The compression ratio can range from 8: 1 to 14: 1, and its changes are invisible to the driver and, of course, do not require any intervention. Depending on whether we are moving at a constant speed, or we need to charge the battery quickly, the computer will decide which operating mode will be more appropriate.

Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power

However, 158 horsepower does not reach the front wheels. The internal combustion engine is used only as an energy generator. It charges the battery with a net capacity of 1.97 kWh, which powers the electric motor driving the front wheels. This has a power of 190 horsepower and a torque of 330 Newton meters.

Such parameters allow to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.9 seconds, which is a good result for a crossover. In reality, however, you can’t count on racing excitement from under the lights, as the power seems a little off at first. It is worth remembering, however, that this is not a racing car, but a car that ensures economical and comfortable driving.

Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power

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And Nissan succeeded in spectacular fashion. The manufacturer declares that the average consumption of gasoline per 100 kilometers is about 5.3 liters in the combined cycle. After a short trip, we can confidently say that it should be done with a finger in the ear. Well, we were able to go even one liter down.

The fuel tank has a capacity of 55 liters, so driving more than 1000 kilometers on one refueling is not a task. And we are dealing with an electric car, where refilling the fuel tank will not require us to wait several minutes at the charger. Here it will take like in a conventional combustion engine car.

Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power

So we have a perfect example of an electric car where you don’t have to worry about time wasted at charging stations. It is a pity that this type of car will soon disappear from the offer. EU regulations have finally banned the sale of cars with more than just an electric motor from 2035.

Driving the Nissan Qashqai E-Power is a little different from driving a zero-emission car. Of course, we will often hear the internal combustion unit waking up. Fortunately, the 3-cylinder motor is not loud, and the active noise reduction system helps to block the sound for the passengers.

Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power

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Besides, Nissan Qashqai is a well finished car, where everyone should feel comfortable. There is no shortage of legroom or headroom. As already mentioned, a new touch screen with a new multimedia system has appeared in the center of the dashboard.

It will now be available in all Qashqais, as it is part of a minor upgrade for the 2023 model year. The system is very smooth, has an attractive graphic design and is easy to use. It is good that the hybrid system has not affected in any way the capacity of the luggage compartment. The car still delivers 479 liters.

Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power

The addition of an electric motor to the Nissan Qashqai E-Power made it approximately 200 kg heavier than its combustion counterparts. This forced the manufacturer to use a slightly different suspension on both axles and a better braking system on the rear axle.

However, it turned out to be a plus. A Qashqai with an electric motor drives slightly better than a combustion engine. The suspension has become a little stiffer, which makes cornering more reliable. However, it is not such a change in stiffness that you feel discomfort in driving comfort.

Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power

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Nissan Qashqai Polish price list starts at PLN 136,500. We are talking about a copy of the Acenta version with a 140 HP 1.3 engine and a manual gearbox. The cheapest Qashqai E-Power costs at least PLN 176,200. Here, however, we start with the N-Connect trim level.

This means that our copies come as standard on 18-inch rims, have a 360-degree camera system with motion detection, and a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display behind the wheel. In addition, of course, the equipment list includes, among others, Full-LED lights and two-zone automatic climate control.

Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power

We can go even higher by choosing the Tekna variant for PLN 192,950, or the Tekna + for PLN 200,750. Of course, this is not enough, but you will definitely be satisfied with your purchase. The car will give you great efficiency, good economy, adequate performance and very good quality.

By paying extra for the Tekna version, you’ll also get a sunroof, a 10.8-inch HD display, and the rims will change from 18 to 19. The Tekna + variant has one-inch larger rims, premium leather seats and a sound system signed by the BOSE logo.

Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power
Nissan Qashqai E-Power

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We predict great success for this park. We hope that soon customers will be able to see for themselves its benefits and will be chosen voluntarily. Nissan itself also sees its success and we wish it to come true. We hope to have more time with the Qashqai E-Power soon and check it out every day.