The 2023 Nissan Qashqai e-Power proves to be a safe car in the moose test but with plenty of room for suspension improvement
In the moose trialthem Nissan Qashqai ePower 2023 conveys a lot of security. During an emergency maneuver to avoid a sudden obstacle, the suspension behaves not just like most SUVs in this test. The presence of oversized wheels with premium tires does not hide the limitations that may arise when driving. The test videos produced by the Spanish magazine Km77, which specializes in test drives and test drives, shows how fast the Nissan Qashqai e-Power jumps in front of a sudden obstacle to avoid.
HOW IS THE MOOSE TEST DONE
The moose trial (or moose test) is based on the ISO 3888-2 standard. In simpler terms, the test driver driving the test car drives up to a constant test speed. When it comes to a point marked by cones swerves suddenly to avoid an obstacle, which could be another car or a wild animal. Before turning, the driver lifts his foot off the accelerator and the evasive maneuver is carried out using the steering wheel only and without any other commands but with the ESP safety system active. The piloting takes place in two phases:
- obstacle avoidance, carried out at an increasingly high speed in the different tests. This is to check how well the steering wheel, suspension, chassis and tires provide manageable control even in the face of an unexpected obstacle;
- return to the initial trajectory (a 3 meter wide cone lane) without requiring excessive wheel corrections and without knocking over any cones. They can occur in the event of oversteer (tendency to spin) or understeer (the front wheels slip sideways and the car widens its trajectory), two behaviors of a car having reached its limits of stability;
In addition to the moose test, the Nissan Qashqai e-Power was also tested in the slalom between the cones at constant speed (about 70 km/h). In this test, the tendency to roll (the car leans to the side) is exaggerated to bring the grip of the tires to the limit. Here’s how it went the Nissan Qashqai e-Power test in the video below.
2023 NISSAN QASHQAI E-POWER ALCE TEST: HOW IT GOES
The Nissan Qashqai e-Power 190-hp non-rechargeable hybrid review occurred with Michelin Primacy 4 summer tires measure 235/45R20 that are part of the Tekna+ configuration. “Two things common to many cars in this test happen on the first attempt: the right rear wheel lifts and the suspension rebounds,” is the commentary of the Spanish magazine. At the first change of trajectory made by the driver, the load transfer transfers the weight to the left front suspension which counteracts the lowering of the nose. The fact that the right rear wheel lifts is related to the limited travel of the suspension. “If the rear wheel lifts up and comes down one move is not a problem”explains the magazine. “The 2023 Nissan Qashqai e-Power instead, it makes a bounce that lift the rear wheel several times right. Luckily, it’s not a rebound that causes loss of control, but body movement can definitely be improved.”. Also, according to the Spanish magazine “Nissan should make all possible changes to limit this rebound”.
SLALOM TEST BETWEEN CONES WITH THE 2023 NISSAN QASHQAI E-POWER
In the slalom event between the cones, the lifting of the rear wheel is visibly repeated. “The image of the raised rear wheel is very striking. The 2023 Nissan Qashqai among the cones works fine at first. As speed and load transfers increase, some issues appear reactions that shouldn’t be there on a family vehicle »comments the magazine. “The rear wheels lose load and increase the tendency to slide outward.” “Behind the wheel, the feeling is not so dramatic but we think that Nissan needs to overhaul the suspension”.
Source : Sicur Auto