2021 Nissan Qashqai: price, specs and release date

Padraig Mallett
November 16, 2020

The next Nissan Qashqai has been teased in official photos from Nissan, showing a prototype version of this hugely popular SUV being tested. Here’s everything you need to know.

  • Styling upgrades
  • Petrol and hybrid engines
  • New safety tech
  • Revamped interior
  • Upgraded infotainment
  • Reveal set for Spring 2021
  • On sale soon after
  • Likely to cost from £22,000

The Nissan Qashqai is one of Britain’s best-selling cars, and certainly one of its most popular SUVs. It’s an alternative to the Ford Kuga and Kia Sportage and the new version, which you can see in official prototype photos released by Nissan, is due to be unveiled in Spring 2021.

The Qashqai is one of Nissan’s best-selling cars – so this new model has big boots to fill

2021 Nissan Qashqai styling

Although there’s lots of camouflage on this test car, the new Nissan Qashqai is expected to look quite similar to the current model. Familiar features such as the sculpted bonnet, the strong curve over the rear wheel arches and the V-shaped grille can be seen on this pre-production car.

The Ariya concept car (see above) appears to have informed the design of the new Nissan Qashqai’s boot lid and squared-off rear bumper, while the headlights look a bit like the ones on the latest Nissan Juke.

The new car won’t differ radically from the outgoing Qashqai.

Nissan has released some details on the design ahead of its launch, confirming the new Qashqai has a flat floor to help smooth the airflow under the car and reduce drag. This should help make it quieter at speed and gives fuel economy a boost.  The new car also comes with an openable grille for the same reason. It stays shut most of the time and only lets in air when the engine needs some extra cooling.

This teaser image shows the new Qashqai’s split headlight design.

Further changes include some new headlights that adapt the shape of their beams according to the road conditions and other road-users. The beam is divided into 12 individual elements that can switch off independently if the Qashqai detects another car ahead.

You’ll be offered a range of petrol and hybrid engines in the new Qashqai.

2021 Nissan Qashqai engines

For the all-new 2021 Qashqai, Nissan has developed an efficient 1.3-litre petrol engine with mild hybrid technology and will be available in two power outputs. Both two and four-wheel drive options will be available and you’ll likely be able to choose between manual and automatic gearboxes. 

A new hybrid system will use the onboard engine as a generator rather than to drive the wheels.

There’ll also be a new Qashqai hybrid model fitted with Nissan’s e-POWER system. This uses a petrol engine purely as a generator to charge the car’s batteries. The only thing actually turning the wheels is the car’s built-in electric motor.

This means you can charge it up at home to run in silent electric-only mode. And, when the batteries are almost flat, it can switch on the petrol engine to get you home.

The new Qashqai will be offered with Nissan’s ProPILOT driver-assistance system. 

New Nissan Qashqai driving

The new Nissan Qashqai will also be equipped with the next generation of Nissan’s ProPILOT driver assistance system. This lets the car accelerate and brake for you within a single-lane on a motorway. It can also deal with traffic jams, so long as you aren’t stationary for longer than three seconds.

Other upgrades include a ‘flank protection’ warning for urban situations, which warns you if there’s the risk of scraping the side of your car against tricky-to-spot-bollards. And, the new Nissan Qashqai can be fitted with an automatic emergency braking system that also works in reverse.

The outgoing Qashqai’s cabin (shown above) will receive a complete makeover for the new car. 

2021 Nissan Qashqai interior

The new Nissan Qashqai will get a fully digital dial display and a revamped touchscreen infotainment system. The latter will probably cut down on the number of buttons cluttering up the Qashqai’s dashboard.

You’ll have to wait until spring 2021 to see the new Qashqai without camouflage.

2021 Nissan Qashqai prices and release date

The new Nissan Qashqai will be officially revealed in early 2021 and will go on sale before 2022. You can expect entry-level petrol-powered models to cost from around £22,000 – based on the prices for alternatives such as the Ford Kuga. Hybrid models will cost more, however.

If you can’t wait for the new model, check out the latest Nissan Qashqai deals or head over to our list of the best new SUVs on sale now. 

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