NEW QASHQAI: Nissan's new Qashqai has undergone major changes and the result is a stunning crossover. Image: Motorpress
• ProPilot plus, improved tech
• New flagship Tekna+ grade
• Set to be on sale locally in 2017 or early 2018
Geneva, Switzerland – Nissan has unveiled its new Qashqai crossover. The new model boasts many upgrades compared to the outgoing model with a focus, says Nissan, "on a contemporary new exterior design, higher levels of interior quality and improved driving performance".
New Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies have been added, says the automaker, continuing Nissan’s ongoing journey towards "zero emissions and zero fatalities".
The new Qashqai will be available in Europe with ProPilot autonomous drive capability. Controlling the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways, this will provide consumers with more control of their vehicle and a more confident drive, plus greater freedom when they want it, whether during heavy traffic congestion or high-speed cruising.
Nissan South Africa says: "The new Qashai will possibly be available during the fourth quarter of 2017. Exact specification is still being considered with product planning teams."
Paul Willcox, Nissan Europe chairman, said: “We have put the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision at the heart of our product strategy, guiding the development of every vehicle. The new Nissan Qashqai is proof of that, with enhancements which will continue to define and set new standards in the crossover segment.”
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The Qashqai’s cabin features an improved layout, higher-quality materials and advanced technology. The range-topping Tekna+ grade includes new seats trimmed in high-quality soft nappa leather, with 3D-quilting along the centre panels.
Also new is a D-shaped multi-function steering wheel with satin-chrome inserts. It features a new four-way controller for the combimeter display, for more intuitive use and less ‘eyes off the road’ time. The NissanConnect infotainment system, complete with DAB radio and satellite navigation, now features a smart new user interface. Music fans get a new optional Bose seven-speaker premium sound system.
Wilcox said: "Enhancements include a completely revised front end, including the latest Nissan ‘V-motion’ grille. Headlights have been revised with a new version of the ‘boomerang’ Daytime Running Light signature, adding to the new Qashqai’s premium appeal. The addition of adaptive front lighting improves night-time safety.
"At the rear, the car’s instantly recognisable ‘boomerang’ light motif is extended across the whole light, and now includes a contemporary 3D lens effect to enhance the signature shape."
Modifications to the suspension, damping and steering systems have resulted in an even more refined on-the-road experience.
Improved use of absorption materials and increased rear glass thickness have led to a reduction in cabin noise from the road, engine and wind. Striking new 17, 18 and 19" alloy wheels are available, all aerodynamically optimised to maximise efficiency.
Since its launch in 2007, the Qashqai has been at the heart of Nissan’s desire to "democratise Intelligent Driving technology", says the automaker.
Intelligent Emergency Braking is being upgraded with Pedestrian Recognition. Rear Cross Traffic Alert, to mitigate the risk of low-speed impacts when reversing out of a parking space, is now available on Qashqai for the first time. The Qashqai continues to be offered with Traffic Sign Recognition, Driver Attention Alert, Intelligent Park Assist, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning and Lane
Nissan says: "At the heart of the Qashqai’s appeal has always been its position as the ultimate urban crossover. It successfully blends the practicality and desirability of an SUV with the footprint, running costs and accessibility of a hatchback.
"The wide-ranging changes to the Qashqai are based on extensive customer insight and designed to reinforce its position as Europe’s best-selling crossover. Approximately 2.3 million have been sold since the original version was launched in 2007."