Qashqai’s third generation has a spectacular look and excellent capabilities

The new Nissan Qashqai was launched in the third generation in Israel. This is a new piece, because many have been waiting for this car, and were expecting to purchase it when it arrives, or have purchased crossovers that compete with it from being late. And here he is. Qashqai is one of the milestones with the breakthrough of the family crossover vehicles into our lives, and their takeover of the car market. Elevated, designed vehicles that replaced the standard family cars we used to buy, and are now a third / fourth option on our priority list, if at all.

There are “standard” cars that I approach with great and special attention, more than luxury or sports test cars, just because of the interest around them. In Israel, just like in Europe, where Qashqai led the sales charts in the category and won many international awards, there is special interest in the new model The new one, which is supposed to provide much more to the consumer; more progress, more safety equipment, more fuel economy (and less air pollution), in the expectation that the price will not change to our detriment.

If so, shall we start from the bottom line? Qashqai is a more advanced SUV, more fun to drive, and more impressive from the inside out in the new generation. It is more beautifully designed: from the new front, with the slender, slanted headlights, the wide V-shaped grille, through the slightly square and Transformer profile, to its most photogenic part, the rear – with a very modern design of straight lines, veiled headlights, and an aggressive and promising look, seen in new crossovers others.

The new Qashqai, 3rd generation, is also costing more now. It is offered in Israel in three trim levels, from NIS 159,900 to NIS 179,900 for the high “Techna” finish level, which is currently being examined. ), Was NIS 143,990, and when the relatively new engine version was marketed, in the previous generation, a 1.3-liter turbo mated to a dual-clutch gearbox, it was sold for NIS 146,990.

The manual version of the Nissan Qashqai in Israel started four years ago at a wonderful and very attractive price, NIS 129,990. A manual version of the new Qashqai 2021 will not be offered, at least not soon. And for those who wondered if a new diesel version would arrive (the previous Qashqai sold a 1.6-liter diesel version for NIS 153,990), did not read or update in the car press for the last two or three years: Diesel is “breathing” its last breaths these days, “, Relatively, in the few models that are about to become extinct.

The very existence of the new Qashqai “Hybrid Lite” has also been criticized. Hybrid technology such as “Mild Hybrid” or “Lite Hybrid”, which hardly or not at all propels the vehicle with the help of electricity in new cars, is the best 2019. And yet, Qashqai in the third generation is offered with the familiar gasoline engine from the previous generation, with a volume of 1.3 liters, with turbocharger. Agile and good engine, beating quite a few models, with a power of 156 hp at 5,500 rpm, maximum torque of 27.5 between 1,800 and 3,750 rpm, acceleration from place to 100 km / h takes 9.2 seconds (more agile Now), to which a CVT (continuous) automatic transmission is mated. Avoid light assistance of a hybrid system (12 volts). A lithium-ion system, which the manufacturer states contributes to the improvement of fuel consumption, as well as to assistance in operating the vehicle’s electrical systems at low speeds. Nissan further states that the reason only the “Lite” hybrid system is used is to save on vehicle weight and costs.

Indeed, Nissan did a lot to shed 60 kg of the new Qashqai weight, using lighter materials, such as aluminum in the hood, trunk door, doors and more. The vehicle gained a new and advanced platform, the Alliance CMF platform. Thanks to that platform the floor could be placed The composition is lower, so that Qashqai’s dimensions will increase. The trunk has increased by about 74 liters, to more than 500 liters of cargo volume, with a lower cargo opening, for more convenient loading. In addition, the trunk has become “modular” and can be divided into two compartments , Or to a deeper compartment, with the removal of two lightweight surfaces / dividers.

This is an even more functional family crossover in the new generation. The rear seat has also grown, and adult rear passengers will have more room for knees and head, even when a large panoramic sunroof is above their heads (there is window cover, don’t worry). Another usefulness for the family is reflected in the very wide angle of opening the doors, which makes it easier to put safety seats inside the cabin.

I look at the new Qashqai at the high level of “Techna” instrumentation, which has a new 12.3-inch (TFT) digital dashboard, which also features a navigation map, between safety settings, audio and vehicle information. This is not the pinnacle of technology, but more advanced technology than the second generation. Something about the display shades on the panel – red, white, gray and black, and the relatively simple interface, reduces its prestige. Like the multimedia system, which has large, easy-to-operate switches, a 9-inch touch screen and full connectivity to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so does the “Hebrew-speaking” dashboard. Both are very understandable and convenient to set up and operate, which is a lot. It will mostly please a lot of drivers who will use these systems easily. The multimedia system translated into Hebrew will even read you in Hebrew a-la “Google Translate” messages you receive on your mobile. It’s wonderful and brings up a smile.

Another noteworthy accessory in the car is a convenient and efficient charging pad (at the “Techna” trim level only), a wide pad where the mobile can be placed in a way that the driver can see the display on the mobile, and use their Wise app comfortably on the road, so no storage compartment will interfere. There is an indicator light that illuminates when the mobile is charging, and it turns green when charging is complete. Well, these are the little things that make the user experience that much better. At the “Techna” level, there is also a surface monitor with a new 10.8-inch display, which projects information on the windshield and also allows the driver not to look away from the road. Those who find the display unhelpful can turn it off at the touch of a button, in the row of buttons to the left of the steering wheel. The climate control is good and easy to operate, with strong and efficient air conditioning, and air vents for rear passengers you will find only at the high level of equipment.

In terms of safety equipment: The new Qashqai has advanced safety systems, such as a rear cross-traffic warning system, dead vehicle detection, active lane departure warning system and “control and intervention” system, which vibrates when the vehicle deviates from the lane but does not feel it returns. The vehicle returned to the lane. There is an autonomous emergency braking system with pre-collision warning, which includes pedestrian detection, 360-degree perimeter cameras (at the “Techna” finish level), adaptive cruise control from 30 km / h, traffic light detection, driver fatigue warning, and seven airbags. A “new” and vital airbag is located between the driver and the passenger next to him.Some of the safety systems can be turned off.

The interior of the car looks modern and bright, thanks to the combination of the light color in the seats and the cab with dark, wood-like surfaces. At first glance the steering wheel looks too big, perhaps so as not to damage / cover the dashboard display? As long as it did not interfere with my driving, I had no problem with it. The driver’s seat is comfortable, and the seating in it is high, as I like. There is an electric direction, which is always a bonus point. To my surprise, what did bother me was the driver’s armrest, which did not move back and forth, and did not fit my fairly standard dimensions. I managed to put my elbow on her, and barely. So support near my right was not in the ride.

The first acceleration suddenly reminded me of the new Renault Capture, which made a huge leap in its new generation. This engine is very easy to spot, it is small and powerful, and its torque is instantaneous. In Qashqai this engine gives a better feel, with strong but seated algae, and the engine growls are only heard if really pressed. On long-distance travel, Qashqai maintains a low rpm (2,000) which helps in better fuel consumption. At 2,500 rpm you will gain excellent torque, and you will be able to accelerate with pleasure, overtake if necessary, and feel how efficient his propulsion unit is. Qashqai’s suspensions are good and soothe the bumps in the road well, sealing the road noise from the wheelhouses less well. There was almost no wind or engine noise on the ride. In sharp bends on the roads I was surprised to feel how much Qashqai is holding the road, and how stable and comfortable it is. And a good word must be said about the gearbox, which worked smoothly and well.

Bottom line: The 2021 Nissan Qashqai is a better recreational car. More spacious and useful, more designed and safe, agile and more enjoyable to drive, and has the latest technology and user-accessible systems. Its price has become less accessible, which makes it a less accessible car, and less all-Israeli by definition (a nice recreational car for the family, around NIS 145,000). What’s more, only at the high level of finish, at a price of NIS 180,000, is Qashqai really functional and attractive. You do not have this amount and you insist on the vehicle? The preferred and immediate option in this case is to check the viability of a trade-in transaction, or wait a good few months, until more new Qashqai vehicles arrive in the country, and opportunities to purchase the vehicle at discounted memberships, 0-mile deals, or second-hand purchases, after a year of depreciation. 

News and events

Union Motors, Toyota’s importer to Israel, launches the Yaris Cross, Toyota’s first compact recreational vehicle in the B-SUV segment. The jewel will be offered with a 125 hp gasoline engine, and a “greener” hybrid version (pollution rating 2 vs. 4), with a combined power of 116 hp. The vehicle has not yet officially landed in Israel, so until that happens, at the end of September, An early sale for online orders has been opened on a dedicated website, starting at NIS 119,900 and ending at NIS 136,900 for a hybrid engine version with the high level of equipment URBAN.

Colmobil, the importer of Mercedes to Israel, launches the sixth new generation, the Mercedes C CLASS (pictured left). With a new design, greater interior space, even more advanced technology taken from the group’s prestigious and spectacular model, the Mercedes S CLASS, such as a large multimedia screen that turns slightly towards the driver, an MBUX system with artificial intelligence capabilities, and a plug-in hybrid engine version, With a declared driving range of up to 100 km on electricity. Price, starting at NIS 329,900. Mercedes C300e Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) starting at NIS 399,900.

Mercedes C CLASS (Photo: PR)

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