Releasing a batch of fresh spy shots of the Renault Kadjar doing rounds in the daylight, a new report from Motor.es suggests that the test mule is a Plug-in Hybrid version of the new C-segment crossover. As per the report, a Plug-in Hybrid version of the Nissan Qashqai, which forms the basis for the Renault Kadjar, will arrive in the form of a concept model before the end of this year. This concept is expected to borrow plug-in hybrid technology from the Nissan Renault Alliance’s Zero Emission on Demand Racing Car (ZEOD RC) concept and will be called the Qashqai ZEOD, indicates the report.
The Renault Kadjar PHEV model will be based on the Qashqai ZEOD, indicates the report. Earlier reports have said that the powertrain to be used for both these models would be based on the one previewed in the Renault Eolab concept which was displayed at the 2013 Paris Auto Show. This concept car’s powertrain consists a 75-hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine and a 67-hp electric motor. The electric motor is powered by a 6.7 kWh battery pack and gives the concept car an all-electric driving range of 60 km.
The electric motor in the production models of the plug-in hybrid versions of the Nissan Qashqai and the Renault Kadjar crossovers is likely to be powered by a higher capacity battery pack to provide more driving range.