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Qashqai tease begins, Transit goes EV, Corolla updated

New Qashqai drip-feed begins

Nissan has begun drip-feeding information about its new third-generation Qashqai, a car due to be unveiled next spring.

Nissan Qashqai prototype 2020The Qashqai established the crossover sector when the first model was launched in 2007, and the new model will debut the brand’s new e-Power hybrid system, as well as the next generation of its ProPilot driver assistance technology that incudes speed control when the car passes into a lower limit zone.

“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,” said Gianluca de Ficchy, chairman, Nissan Africa, Middle East, India, Europe and Oceania Region. “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,”

Ford confirms electric full-size Transit for 2022

Ford will add an electric Transit to its line up in spring 2022, with the new large van capable of up to 217 miles between charges.

Ford E-Transit 2020Ford said that the 67kWh battery is fitted underneath the body to offer “uncompromised” cargo volume capacity of up to 15.1m3, the same as the rear-drive diesel Transit, while payload is targeted at up to 1616kg for the panel van and 1967kg for the chassis cab.  In total, 25 configurations covering van, double-cab-in-van and chassis cab, and multiple lengths and heights, as well as a GVM of up to 4.25t.

Ahead of the 2022 launch, Ford has confirmed it will undertake an “extensive” customer fleet trial during 2021, as it did with the plug-in hybrid Transit Custom.

Ford has also introduced a new energy monitoring and vehicle management system using an app and web-based interface, helping fleets to optimise running costs and uptime by monitoring the performance of individual vehicles using electric vehicle-specific data such as kWh consumption and charge speed.

New spec and equipment for Toyota Corolla

Toyota has improved the specification of its Corolla lower medium model, with the entry Icon model getting a new seven-inch dashboard cluster, as well as new LED front foglights.

The Design trim level now has a new cabin look with black cloth upholstery and chrome detailing, as well as a new 17-inch alloy wheel design.

All cars gain an EV drive indicator that shows when the car is running on electric power, while added functions for the MyT app include stolen vehicle tracking and remote status check to confirm the car is locked, windows are up and lights are off.

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