The all-new 2021 Nissan Qashqai has been teased by the Japanese manufacturer, with an international launch slated for mid-next year before arriving in local showrooms.
Soon to be in its third generation, the medium-size SUV is underpinned by a new platform shared with Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi under their recently announced alliance.
The car is part of Nissan’s rollout of 12 all-new models over the next three years, and follows the launch of the 2020 Juke SUV earlier this year.
Two engine options will be offered in the Qashqai overseas: a 1.3-litre petrol 12V 'mild hybrid' and an “e-Power” series hybrid.
The series hybrid combines a petrol engine with an electric motor, however only the latter is connected to the driving wheels.
Unlike a Toyota hybrid, where the petrol engine or electric motor can power the wheels either independently or in combination, the electric motor only is connected to the wheels of the new Nissan Qashqai e-Power.
The petrol engine is used as a generator to recharge the battery – and it perpetually operates at optimal revs to save fuel, similar to the BMW i3 range-extender, but without the long-range battery capacity for a smaller, more lightweight package.
It is not clear at this stage whether Australia will get one or both of these engine options – or an as-yet unnamed alternative.
The new-generation Nissan Qashqai is based on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s new CMF-C modular platform.
Nissan says the next Qashqai will be 60kg lighter than its predecessor, owing to extensive use of aluminium in the doors, front panels, and bonnet. Efficiency will be further bolstered by an "aerodynamic" flat floor.
A wide range of driver assistance and safety technology will also be integrated as part of Nissan's ProPilot system, including the ability to autonomously read and react to speed limit signs.
Pricing and Australian specifications will be announced closer to launch. A spokesperson for Nissan told CarAdvice there is no indication of when the Qashqai will arrive in local showrooms.
However, last month CarAdvice reported the next Nissan Qashqai is due in local showrooms in late 2021, based on timing estimates shared with dealers earlier this year.