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First pictures: New Nissan Qashqai

Nissan has revealed its new Qashqai, which will arrive on UK roads this summer with a new hybrid powertrain replacing the diesel option, and a new design described by the company as “more muscular, sharp and modern”.

The Qashqai is the first car to get Nissan’s new hybrid E-Power powertrain, which offers 187hp through a 1.5-litre petrol engine that acts like a generator to power the battery rather than the wheels, which Nissan said leads to superior fuel economy and lower CO2, although it is yet to reveal emissions, economy or performance figures. It has though said that the E-Power gets the E-Pedal function seen in the Leaf, where the brake energy regeneration is enough to require extreme minimal use of the brake pedal in normal driving.

As well as the hybrid powertriain, the Qashqai will also come with a 1.3-litre petrol engine in 138hp or 156hp outputs, both getting 12V mild hybrid assistance that Nissan said takes 4g/km off the emissions figure. The system allows the car to shut off the engine when coasting to a stop at speeds below 11mph, as well as adding a small performance boost via energy recouped through regeneration.

The 156hp petrol model is the only one offered with the option of four-wheel drive, with the rest of the range front-drive only.

The company has sold more than three million Qashqais since it invented the crossover segment in 2007 with the first-generation model, and the new model is 35mm longer, 25mm taller and 32mm wider than its predecessor. It also gets the option of 20-inch alloy wheels for the first time, while on the inside the infotainment screen has grown to nine inches and supports wireless Apple CarPlay. Nissan claimed that its 10.8-inch head-up display is the largest offered in the class, and connectivity includes the ability to set the navigation by via home smart devices such as Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. The sat-nav system features the ability to update over-the-air, and features Google Streetview and fuel prices, as well as door-to-door navigation via the Nissan app.

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