- New electric family SUV
- Has four-wheel drive and autonomous driving tech
- Expected in 2020
Nissan is rumoured to be building an electric SUV based on the IMx concept that was showcased at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.
Its electric motor has several benefits over a conventional petrol or diesel. Its neater packaging allows for more interior space and, of course, using electricity means it’ll cost buttons to run.
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2020 Nissan Qashqai EV design
Expect the production model to lose those gaping front air ducts but keep the v-shaped grille that is Nissan’s current corporate face. The IMx Concept has bright-shining (and energy efficient) LED headlights so you can expect the road car to follow suit.
In profile, the production model will soften the concept’s sharp creases and come with more-conventional door handles, but the sloping roofline should remain.
Expect the back of the electric SUV to be quite different from the raked, coupe-like rear-end of the IMx Concept, to make the new model equally as practical as the family-friendly Qashqai.
2020 Nissan Qashqai EV interior
Expect some elements of the IMx Concept’s interior to appear in the upcoming new model – including a big infotainment screen and gesture controls.
2020 Nissan Qashqai EV engines and driving
Nissan is likely to offer two and four-wheel drive models. The two-wheel-drive electric Qashqai will most likely use a version of the electric motor fitted to the Leaf – it makes 150hp and is good for a range of up to 234 miles. A four-wheel-drive version could use a pair of those engines to deliver a significant boost in performance.
There’s a strong indication that Nissan wants its electric SUV to showcase an improved version of its ProPilot autonomous driving tech. Such a system would be capable of driving the Nissan with little or no input from the driver.
2020 Nissan Qashqai EV price and release date
The electric Nissan Qashqai should have an entry-level price of around £30,000 – about what you would currently expect to pay for a top-spec conventional family SUV. A full reveal in 2020 seems likely.