Nissan is touting the improved refinement and handling in its latest Qashqai after switching the compact SUV to a new lighter platform and making greater use of lightweight materials such as aluminum.
The third generation of Nissan's best-selling European model was unveiled on Thursday ahead of deliveries starting in the next three months.
The Qashqai switches to hybrid only drivetrains after Nissan ditched diesel models.
The SUV launches with a 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline drivetrain with a 12-volt mild-hybrid system. Nissan's e-Power full hybrid drivetrain will be offered next year.
The Qashqai is the first Renault-Nissan model in Europe to use the alliance's new CMF-C platform, Nissan said.
The platform is an upgraded version of the CMF-C/D architecture. It has double the amount of high-strength, hot-stamped steel to cut weight and increases stiffness, Nissan said.
The automaker did not give a percentage figure for the amount of hot-stamped steel used.
The Qashqai also further reduces weight by using aluminum for the hood, fenders, and doors, while the rear hatch is made of composite materials. Overall, the body-in-white including closures is 60 kg lighter than the outgoing model, Nissan said.