Appeared in 2018 with the Leaf 2, Nissan’s ProPilot semi-autonomous driving system joins the Qashqai line as 2019 Nissan Qashqai ProPilot. Here is our test on fast lanes, the favorite ground of these driving aids which are generalized.
Controlling acceleration, braking, and steering: this is the basis of the controls of an automobile, whose driver is gradually relieved to leave room for more and more advanced assistance while waiting for a truly autonomous driving. Today, in the legislative framework, only a level 2 of autonomy is allowed, the driver having to keep constant control of the vehicle, hands on the steering wheel. But with an adaptive controller with driving function in the plugs, it almost does not need to touch the pedals. This is the pattern reproduced by Nissan under the name ProPilot, with adaptive cruise control and active steering to maintain the line of traffic. A system that incorporates Nissan’s bestseller, the Qashqai, after the Leaf 2 . And after many other manufacturers.
2019 Nissan Qashqai ProPilot Drive Edition Award dCi 130 Xtronic
The ProPilot system is only offered as part of a special series called Drive Edition and recognizable by its badges affixed to the uprights of customers and the steering wheel. At € 35,500, its price is exactly the same as that of the Tekna version, € 2,100 more than the N-Connect version, the most sold. Only available with the dCi 130 engine and the Xtronic continuously variable gearbox, a fun duo on this vehicle, the Drive Edition includes the ProPilot system with adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, congestion control assistant, and prevention. the crossing of the line. The Safety Plus package (driver fatigue detection, blind spots, collision avoidance and intelligent parking), roof racks, a panoramic roof, 19-inch alloy wheels and directional LED high beam.
2019 Nissan Qashqai ProPilot Test Drive
While these driving aids often require several keys to be put into operation, Nissan has chosen to simplify the lives of its customers by concentrating the start-up via a single button clearly marked in blue on the steering wheel. , which activates both the adaptive controller and the queue tracks. It remains to set the desired speed and, if necessary, the distance with the previous vehicle and the system is ready to go into action. After a few seconds, the icons representing a green steering wheel and the side strips of the road confirm its smooth operation.
A convincing operation, the engineers of the brand and its suppliers (that the manufacturer does not quote) having chosen a setting proactively accompanying the driving, to stay smoothly in his file, unlike others who see this system as a corrective aid in case of trajectory drift. But if you let go of the steering wheel for more than eight seconds, the sentence is implacable: more and more intense beeps sound, followed by a break and then a complete stop in hazard warning lights (but not yet an emergency call). automatic…).
For driving in traffic jams to a complete stop, no problem, the system is quite soft and it anticipates the big slowdowns. The car starts automatically if the stop lasts less than three seconds or else, a flick on the accelerator pedal or the “RES” key. Still, the whole is sensitive to the slightest changes of marking on the ground and turns a little supported (0.2 g maximum) and it disconnects more easily than other systems. At Nissan, we remained cautious. And simple: the ProPilot does not integrate the features a little more sophisticated some competitors, even generalists, such as tracking the placement of the previous vehicle (to give way to motorcycles for example), automatic adaptation to speed limits or the link with the GPS to better adapt to the topography.
2019 Nissan Qashqai ProPilot Interior
The ProPilot controls are grouped on the right side of the steering wheel. The button that engages it is easily recognizable with its blue logo. It will then adjust the desired speed and go for assisted driving.
The hands should always stay on the wheel, monitored by a micro-motion sensor that will know when you let go. The color display window between the counters confirms system activation. The steering wheel and sidelines in green: it’s all good.
Obvious competitor and cousin of the Qashqai, the Renault Kadjar does not benefit from such a system, or even an adaptive controller, which should be solved – hopefully – with its expected restyling this fall. The other star of the compact SUV market, the Peugeot 3008, is equipped with an adaptive controller and a system that corrects deviations of trajectory when the car approaches a white line or crosses it, but without pretending to guide permanently the car in its file as the Japanese do. It adds a management of the driving in the traffic jams, just like the Volkswagen Tiguan, while the next big rival arriving on the market, the Citroën C5 Aircross, will be equipped with complete equipment. Premium brand models are almost all equipped with state-of-the-art solutions.
Arrived late in the range of the Japanese manufacturer, its semi-autonomous driving system ticks the right boxes and offers a simple and effective use to convince all drivers, even the least techies. A common sense approach, while many users are not very familiar with the possibilities offered by their vehicles. Still limited to only one version of Qashqai, this system is far from being democratized in the range. However, it offers the daily comfort of use and a safety much appreciated by the driver. But its use should expand: next model programmed to receive the ProPilot, the X-Trail.
2019 Nissan Qashqai ProPilot Specifications
Nissan Qashqai Drive Edition dCi 130 Xtronic Dimensions
- Length: 4.39 m
- Width: 1.81 m
- Height: 1.59 m
- Wheelbase: 2,65 m
- Ground clearance: 18 cm
- Boot volume: from 430 to 1,613 l *
- Tank capacity: 55 l
- Tires: 215 / 60 R17
- Spare tire: no, repair kit
- Empty weight: 1 485 kg
- (*) From 400 to 1 643 l if spare wheel.
Nissan Qashqai Drive Edition dCi 130 Xtronic Technology
- Engine: 4 cylinders, turbo-diesel
- Displacement: 1,598 cm 3
- Power: 130 hp at 4,000 rpm
- Torque: 320 Nm at 1,750 rpm
- Transmission: at the front wheels
- Gearbox: Xtronic continuously variable (7 reports in sequential mode)
Nissan Qashqai Drive Edition dCi 130 Xtronic Performance
- 0 to 100 km / h: 11,1 s
- Max speed: 183 km / h
Consumption / CO 2 * Nissan Qashqai Drive Edition dCi 130 Xtronic
- City: 5.3 l / 100 km
- Highway: 4.4 l / 100 km
- Combined: 4.7 l / 100 km
- Emissions of CO 2 : 122 g / km
- ecological Malus: 60 €
Tax / Warranty Nissan Qashqai Drive Edition dCi 130 Xtronic
- Fiscal power: 7 HP
- Warranty: 3 years or 100,000 km