A long-time pioneer of electric cars, Nissan is taking the plunge into hybrids — but hybrids
of a different kind.

The new Qashqai and X-Trail will be offered with what Nissan calls e-POWER, a hybrid
setup where the petrol engine supplies power to an electric motor which has the job of
turning the wheels.

In tech speak that makes it a series hybrid, unlike the Prius which is a parallel hybrid
because the electric motor provides a boost for the petrol engine rather than the

It’s a bit like an electric car with a range extender, minus the capacity to store the power

Nissan has been playing around with the idea for a few years now, ‘notably’ with the
Japanese-only Note in which it first appeared in 2016.

With Toyota reaping the rewards of the hybrid seeds that it has sewn here in Australia
Nissan must figure the time is right to launch a counter strike.

Sitting alongside X-Trail’s internal combustion engine offering will be the X-Trail e-POWER
with e-4ORCE.

The system combines a 115kW 1.5-litre three-cylinder variable-compression petrol engine
with a 139kW electric motor, a power generator and inverter with no plug-in capability.

It delivers responsive performance thanks to the fact the electric motor powers the wheels,
providing EV-like instant, linear and smooth throttle response. The power for the electric
motor is generated by a new, advanced variable compression turbocharged petrol engine
which runs quietly in the background to feed the battery, which then supplies power to the
electric motor via an inverter.

A new twin motor all-wheel drive system designed to work with Nissan’s electrified 4WD
powertrains. e-4ORCE will deliver reassuring traction and confident acceleration in all
conditions thanks to Nissan’s most advanced all-wheel control technology.

Nissan’s Adam Paterson said the company was excited the all-new X-Trail with e-POWER
and e-4ORCE will be arriving in Australian showrooms in early 2023.

“We’re confident customers will love its unique combination of electrified performance,
confidence inspiring handling and robust practicality,” he said. “As one would expect from
a Nissan, it will offer unique customer appeal. We can’t wait to see it in our showrooms.”

Visitors to the Nissan website can initiate the pre-order process and explore the different
options that the all-new Nissan X-Trail with e-POWER and e-4FORCE offers.

In Australia, the X-Trail e-POWER will be available as standard with the e-4ORCE 4WD
system in both the Ti and Ti-L grades.

The X-Trail e-POWER with e-4ORCE will be five-seat configuration only. Deliveries are set
to start in early 2023, with pricing to be released in coming months.

No further news on Qashqai e-POWER which was supposed to be the first cab off the
hybrid rank.

About Chris Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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