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Nissan Qashqai plug-in hybrid confirmed

The all-new Nissan Qashqai will feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain that could achieve emissions as low as 40g/km, says executive vice-president Andy Palmer.

A big incentive for producing the super-efficient Qashqai is to have a car that would ‘meet what we [Nissan] anticipate to be in-city air quality regulations’.

The new car is likely to be powered by a combination of an electric motor and a small-capacity petrol engine. Mr Palmer also hinted that it could be one of the more affordable plug-in hybrids because the company has ‘relatively cost-efficient batteries because we have such a good electric car infrastructure already’.

The hybrid Qashqai is likely to have a similar engine line-up to the current car, which has 1.5- and 1.6-litre turbodiesels as its staple motors. It will also get a new CVT automatic gearbox, which Mr Palmer described as feeling ‘like a twin-clutch automatic’.


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