Nissan’s e-Power hybrid will be offered exclusively in the flagship Qashqai Ti and priced from AU$51,590
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The Nissan Qashqai family will soon grow in Australia with confirmation that a new variant with the firm’s e-Power technology is landing locally in Q1 2024.
Up until this point, all Nissan Qashqai models sold locally have come outfitted with a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 110 kW (147 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. While this engine will remain the standard offering on all versions for the 2024 model year, the flagship Qashqai Ti can now be ordered with the firm’s trick hybrid powertrain. Prices for the Ti e-Power start at AU$51,590 ($32,531), representing a $4,560 ($2,875) premium over the standard Qashqai Ti.
The e-Power hybrid system consists of a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with 116 kW (156 hp) that is supplemented by a power generator, an inverter, and a 140 kW (188 hp) electric motor. The engine itself features the advanced variable compression functionality first introduced by Infiniti in 2018, allowing for the compression ratio to be adjusted on the fly to balance performance and economy.
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Unlike most hybrids, the Nissan Qashqai Ti e-Power includes a near one-pedal driving mode that Nissan calls e-Pedal Step. This function can be activated at the press of a button and provides regenerative braking forces of up to 0.2g. While this system can bring the SUV down to creeping speed, it doesn’t bring it to a complete stop.
Nissan Australia will open online reservations for the Qashqai Ti e-Power on November 2.
“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,” Nissan Australia managing director Adam Paterson said. “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.”