Nissan has released initial details and images of its new Qashqai, with the third-generation model expected to hit the market in 2021.

The newcomer will ride on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s latest CMF-C platform, with the Japanese company confirming it will “retain the current Qashqai’s proportions”. Interestingly, the doors, front fenders and bonnet are all made of aluminium.

The firm says the new Qashqai – pictured here wearing camouflage – will employ an updated Macpherson strut suspension set-up at the front. Front-driven models (with wheels measuring up to 19 inches) will feature a torsion-beam arrangement at the rear, while variants with all-wheel drive (or 20-inch wheels) will be equipped with a multi-link set-up.

So, what’s happening under the bonnet? Well, in Europe, two powertrain options will be available: a 1,3-litre petrol engine with 12 V mild-hybrid technology (including a small lithium-ion battery) and the firm’s latest e-Power drive system.

While technical details are still thin on the ground, the latter offers full electric motor drive; i.e., the wheels are completely driven by the electric motor. Interestingly, Nissan says the powertrain includes a petrol engine that is “not connected to the wheels”, explaining that the combustion mill “simply charges the battery”.

What else do we know about the new model? Well, Nissan says the third-generation Qashqai will feature items such an active grille shutter, an updated active cruise control system and intelligent LED headlamps (which, judging by the teaser image we've embedded below, will be topped by high-sited LED daytime running lights).