Will there be a fully electric Nissan Qashqai?

Nissan has already announced that the all-new Qashqai will be offered as a mild hybrid and a range extender. But are there also plans for a pure electric variant?...

2021 Nissan Ariya front

Opinion among car makers is split on whether electric cars should be based on conventionally powered models (think BMW iX3 and Peugeot e-208) or bespoke (Jaguar I-Pace and Volkswagen ID.3). However, Nissan is very much in the latter camp; its fully electric Leaf hatchback has always been a standalone model, and it’s taking the same approach with its first electric SUV.

Called the Ariya, this will be positioned above the Qashqai, both in terms of size and price, and has an official range of up to 310 miles between charges. That’s in line with the rival Skoda Enyaq iV, and outperforms premium-badged cars such as the Audi E-tron and the I-Pace. However, another rival, Ford’s Mustang Mach-E, can cover up to 370 miles.

In addition to being bigger than the Qashqai, the Ariya has a sleeker, more coupé-like roofline, while inside it feels more futuristic, because traditional climate controls have been ditched in favour of touch-sensitive areas of the dashboard. It's just a pity this is likely to come at the expense of ease of use.

Nissan says it isn’t closing the door on a fully electric Qashqai in the future; indeed, it’s already confirmed that there will be another Qashqai after this one, and with sales of new petrol and diesel cars due to be banned from 2030, it’s hard to believe that next Qashqai will be anything other than electric. However, Nissan also says it believes that as long as there’s room for both petrol and electric models, they should be separate.

For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to the What Car? newsletter here

Next: See our 2021 Nissan Qashqai gallery >>

<< Previous: Full 2021 Nissan Qashqai preview