Nissan Qashqai ZEOD Plug-In Concept Confirmed For Later This Year

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2015 Nissan Rogue

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Is a plug-in version of the Rogue compact crossover joining the Nissan U.S. lineup anytime soon?

Based on comments made by Nissan officials this week at the Geneva Motor Show, it’s a distinct possibility.

As part of his speech presenting the Sway Concept, which points to the design direction of upcoming Nissan small cars, the automaker’s European chief Paul Willcox said, “And yes, we're even looking at electric technologies for crossovers.”

Renault EOLAB concept, 2014 Paris Auto Show

Renault EOLAB concept, 2014 Paris Auto Show

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“You'll be seeing a concept example later this year,” Willcox continued, as a side view of the Qashqai was displayed up above, alongside an image of the ZEOD badge, which stands for zero emissions on demand and has already been showcased on Nissan's ZEOD Le Mans racecar. “Crossover leadership will remain core to Nissan's future.”

Officials wouldn’t say exactly when such a model would be shown; but to take Willcox’s announcement at face value, and the Qashqai’s success in the European market, we’d peg such a model for introduction at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September.

It’s likely that the Qashqai ZEOD would be accompanied in Europe by an equivalent model of the closely related Renault Kadjar. And that confirms what we’ve reported previously—that Nissan is indeed working on a plug-in hybrid version of these vehicles, likely for sale as soon as the 2018 model year.

The Qashqai remains closely related to the Nissan Rogue, although the Rogue is sized somewhat larger and styled differently to cater to American tastes.

Ties in with Renault, Eolab concept

For both of these models, some sources point to the powertrain as being a development of what was previewed in the Renault Eolab concept, shown at the 2013 Paris Auto Show.

That model paired a 75-horsepower, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with a strong 67-hp electric motor. The concept was shown with a 6.7-kWh battery pack, but more capacity would be needed to reach the desired target for that concept of 50 km (about 31 miles).


 
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