The 2020 Nissan Qashqai will enter the new generation. In style, and with the new engine. A hybrid one. It will get such drivetrain earlier than its US sibling, Rogue Sport crossover SUV. Well, this is not a surprise, since the European hybrid market is growing. Honda recently added such powertrain for its subcompact crossover CR-V. This edition is not ready for the market in the USA. If you read that Nissan will go even further with the all-electric model, it is not happening next season. But in the future, we can expect Qashqai EV.
Besides the new engine, the upcoming 2020 Nissan Qashqai will introduce a fresh look. The company is trying to update the crossover inside and outside with modern features and shapes. Furthermore, the compact vehicle must draw the attention of both younger and older buyers, men, and women. Aesthetic, aerodynamic, aggressive… these are three attributes that will highlight the new Qashqai.
2020 Nissan Qashqai Hybrid Engine
While the chiefs already announced the new drivetrain for the 2020 Nissan Qashqai, they are still quiet about its performance. We can only guess. The carmaker will use one of the existing engines and combine it with an electric battery. It will be either a 1.6-l or 2.0-liter unit. The base units can produce 110-150 horsepower. Slight push in this segment and a significant increase in mileage are two things the hybrid is about to improve. Of course, this is also a greener option. If the Qashqai gets a PHEV configuration, it will be able to go by using only electric energy. Still, the range is not going to be breathtaking (up to 30 miles, 50 km).
So, the new generation of the subcompact crossover will continue to use the same drivetrains as before. Of course, there is a hybrid (new unit), two diesel engines, and three petrol choices. The base 2020 Nissan Qashqai will use a 1.2-liter unit. A turbo-four powertrain is the weakest one in the lineup. It can produce only 115 hp and 165 Nm (120 lb-ft). On the other hand, it is a budget-friendly choice that doesn’t consume too much fuel. Also, the starting price of models that combine this engine with a 7-speed Xtronic CVT gearbox is the most attractive. Manual mode is available.
The more serious output is coming from 1.6-liter displacement. However, this is not a turbocharged unit, so it only creates 160 horsepower and more torque than its smaller turbo sibling. This drivetrain consumes around 6 liters of gas for 100 kilometers. With a lack of power, it will need more than 11 seconds to reach 60 mph.
The most powerful engine in the class is a 2.0-liter. It delivers 150 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. This is the same engine Nissan is using for the Rogue Sport subcompact SUV in the US. A six-speed automatic CVT comes with a manual mode.
With arrival of the hybrid drivetrain, some experts said that Nissan is about to kill diesel engines. Well, these drivetrains are big polluters, so it is just a matter of time when will they become a part of history. However, it is not going to happen so soon. The 2020 Nissan Qashqai will have its two reliable units as its predecessor. The crossover borrows a 1.5-l dCi unit from Nissan’s partner, Renault. This is a famous drivetrain by the French company. For the Qashqai it will produce 110 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard.
There will be few possible configurations for the last engine. A 1.6-liter diesel unit delivers 130 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque. However, different tuning will make 2020 Nissan Qashqai with this unit spront 0-60 in less than 10 seconds. Xtronic transmission option, and 4×4 drive are possible upgrades.
2020 Nissan Qashqai Redesign
Since the 2020 Nissan Qashqai is heading into a new generation, we can expect big things from this model. Well, chiefs already said that the plan is to make a modern vehicle that will meet all demands of its drivers. Well, a lot of infotainment systems is certain move. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless charging, are only few of possible upgrades. Navigation will remain part of the highest trim levels. Also, the improvements of the voice commands will boost the safety. Parking assist and various alert systems are on the way as well.
The 2020 Nissan Qashqai will be different outside as well. More aggressive approach will change complete front fascia. That means new bumpers, grille, headlights… The ground clearance remains the same. Wheels are getting a fresh styling, but size is still 17-inch for base models. Optionally, buyers can pick 18- or 19-inch rims. Fresh colors are in the palette.
2020 Nissan Qashqai Price
The offer depends on the trim level and engines. Not all markets will offer all the options. In Australia you won’t find a 1.2 engine. But, 2.0-l will boost the price to at least 25,000 AUD. In Europe, the subcompact crossover will cost less than 20,000 euros.