New Nissan Qashqai (2021): its design unveiled

New Nissan Qashqai (2021) its design unveiled

A few days ago, Nissan announced the arrival of its new third-generation Qashqai, with some pictures and a video that reveals its design!

Launched in 2007 and renewed in 2014, the Nissan Qashqai is one of the pioneers of contemporary crossovers and SUVs . The Japanese manufacturer unveiled a few days ago the date of presentation of the third generation of its bestseller: February 18, 2021 .

New Nissan Qashqai (2021): the first images of its design

Nissan accompanied this meeting with a detailed image of an LED headlight of the car, as well as some pictures of its interior. We then discovered the equipment of the future SUV : its modernized dashboard, its 9-inch central touch-screen multimedia system (compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), its 12-inch digital instrumentation unit, its Xtronic CVT box, the leather upholstery of its new seats, as well as a Bose audio kit.

But it is the video teaser also published on this occasion that today attracts our full attention: indeed, this short sequence of about fifteen seconds reveals very quickly some details of the car, such as its light signature, bodywork elements, the detail of its perforated leather seats and their massage functions, as well as its digital handset: in the center of it, we discover an animation revealing the lines of the rear of the new Nissan Qashqai !

Inspired by the Nissan IMQ concept unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the future third-generation Nissan Qashqai will be marketed in spring 2021 . It will benefit from electrified engines , and will inaugurate the e-Power electric engine with range extender in Europe.

 

Our advice against back pain in the car

Our advice against back pain in the car

Back pain in the car: “What are your tips for preventing pain while driving?”

It’s a reality: 80% of French people will suffer from back pain during their lifetime. Our increasingly sedentary lifestyle is in fact responsible for a sharp increase in the frequency of pathologies of the spine (or spine in medical language), in particular low back pain or back pain. Prolonged sitting in the car, especially during long journeys, can promote them by causing muscle tension and crushing our intervertebral discs. Here are the main causes of these phenomena and our advice …

Several causes lead to these back pain

  • 1  Accelerations: they are at the root of the problem. Gravity is constantly putting pressure on our intervertebral discs *. In the car, the accelerations (or famous “g”) in the antero-posterior and lateral axes add to the gravity and act as disruptors on our spine, forcing our muscles to make constant adjustments to maintain its balance.
  • 2  Vibrations: caused by the mechanics or the road, they are sources of pain, despite the efforts of automotive engineers to minimize their transmission to passengers.
  • 3  The driving position: sitting at an angle that is too steep, tense up on the steering wheel or, conversely, slouch down like on your sofa, all these unsuitable positions aggravate muscle tension.
  • 4  A pre-existing pathology: herniated disc, osteoarthritis, scoliosis, etc. A simple short drive can put a strain on a fragile back.

First of all, choose the right car and the right equipment

Choosing the right car is essential to maximize comfort and minimize the impact on the back. It is important to choose one that you can sit in without twisting. Slightly tall vehicles, such as minivans, crossovers, SUVs, are interesting on this point, which partly explains their success. To avoid inflicting potentially traumatic clutch and gear changes on yourself, opt for an automatic transmission. On the damping side, it is better to have suspensions geared towards comfort or an adaptive system allowing its characteristics to be modified depending on the road or the condition of the road. Also, big rims are nice, but a smaller fit will increase the sidewall height of your tires and offer increased comfort. As for the seats, prefer them enveloping with lateral support elements, if possible electrically adjustable to make micro-adjustments. Adjustable armrests are a definite plus! Heated seats are also a great investment to relax your muscles. Honorable mention for lumbar supports, but they will not suit all body types and must be properly adjusted. Poorly regulated, they can cause more harm than good. Otherwise, forget about the massage function. It is more like an expensive gadget than a real breakthrough in the prevention of low back pain. Heated seats are also a great investment to relax your muscles. Honorable mention for lumbar supports, but they will not suit all body types and must be properly adjusted. Poorly regulated, they can cause more harm than good. Otherwise, forget about the massage function. It is more like an expensive gadget than a real breakthrough in the prevention of low back pain. Heated seats are also a great investment to relax your muscles. Honorable mention for lumbar supports, but they will not suit all body types and must be properly adjusted. Poorly regulated, they can cause more harm than good. Otherwise, forget about the massage function. It is more like an expensive gadget than a real breakthrough in the prevention of low back pain.

When it’s time to hit the road, adopt the right reflexes

Before a trip, consider warming up and stretching to limit muscle tension. Then, be sure to get into your car without twisting, making sure to keep your feet together and turn evenly, after sitting askew. This will limit the stress that the rotation of the lower limbs and pelvis relative to your trunk would impose on your back. Your backrest should be tilted around 110 °. Adjust the seat so that your knees can stay slightly bent when you step on a pedal. Then adjust the steering wheel so that your wrists rest on the top of its rim when you extend your arms. And, wedged in the seat, tighten your seat belt. Not everyone having Lewis Hamilton’s physical condition, adopt a flexible and not sporty ride if you want to preserve your lower back. You will thus reduce the various accelerations andde facto, the constraints imposed on your spine and, consequently, on those of your passengers. The latter can indeed hardly anticipate the movements of the vehicle and react reflexively to changes of direction, which maximizes the risk of low back pain for them. Every two hours (more often if necessary), to preserve your vigilance and your back, consider taking a break. And take the opportunity to walk and stretch.

Preserving your back: to do or not to do

To do

> Regular and adapted physical activity is essential even for driving. The sedentary lifestyle causing weakening of the muscles, this makes their adjustments less rapid and effective, which disrupts the posture of the spine and makes the bed of pathologies of the spine.

> Use the cruise control on open motorways. This will also rest your right leg.

Not to do

> Wear a lumbar support belt regularly. Useful occasionally in cases of acute low back pain, it should be avoided as a preventive measure, because it weakens the muscles.

* This explains why astronauts grow a few centimeters during their stay in space. Their intervertebral discs gain height in weightlessness.

Citroën C-Cubed (2021): an affordable electric micro-SUV

Citroën C-Cubed (2021) an affordable electric micro-SUV

Citroën is preparing for 2021 the C-Cubed, a micro-SUV competing with the Dacia Spring. Initially intended for the Indian market, marketing in Europe is however not to be excluded …

Even if Asia and more particularly India are specific markets, with very different expectations from our countries, the fashion for small crossovers or SUVs has not spared these regions of the world, as evidenced by the Renault Kwid , which gave birth of the Renault City K-ZE and Dacia Spring , or even more recently the new Renault Kiger .

Citroën sets out to conquer India in 2021, with the launch of the C5 Aircross, which would be followed by the end of the year by a micro-SUV , which still bears the code name ” CC21 ” in its thermal version , but which should be called Citroën C-Cubed according to rumors. A 100% electric version , which responds internally to the name ” eCC21 “, is also expected.

An electrified platform already known at Stellantis

This new model is initially planned for India, but should also be marketed in Latin America, where it could replace the Citroën C3 . However, marketing in Europe cannot be ruled out, but if this were the case, we should see a specific version landed, adapted to the standards of the Old Continent.

This future herringbone micro-SUV and its 100% electric version will be based on the Stellantis group platform dedicated to city cars : the CMP and its electrified e-CMP variant , which notably equip the latest Peugeot 208 , Peugeot 2008 , DS 3 Crossback , Opel Corsa , as well as their 100% electric versions. Of course, the engines, both thermal and electric, of this Citroën C-Cubed will be more modest, in order to keep the cost low and accessible for Indian customers.

Indeed, according to information published by the ElectricVehicleWeb site, which also offers an illustration of the future model, the future Citroën C-Cubed should be marketed at around 800,000 Indian rupees, or the equivalent of € 9,100 . While waiting for more information, several prototypes have already been surprised during road tests in India, evidenced by these photos posted on Instagram. Unsurprisingly, the two-stage light signature specific to Citroën models should be there.