AND THEN THERE WERE SEVEN: Nissan has expanded its Qashqai crossover range to seven models for 2015. Image: Nissan
• New 1.2T Acenta Xtronic
• 1.6T Acenta is new 'halo model'
• Seven derivatives, each turbocharged
Nissan SA has expanded its second-generation Qashqai crossover range, launched locally in 2014, with two new units to take to seven the SA models - the new Acenta Xtronic 1.2 and Acenta 1.6T turbo petrol.
The 1.2T Acenta Xtronic has the familiar 85kW/165Nm turbocharged 1.2 petrol engine that powers its siblings, though driving througha new Xtronic auto transmission.
Fuel consumption is listed as 6.2 litres/100km and the auto offers an Eco mode.
The new range-topping 1.6T Acenta is powered by a 120kW/240Nm 1.6 turbo petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual. Fuel consumption is also listed as 6.2 litres/100km withCO2 emissions of 144g/km. The 1.6T is equipped with stop/start.
Standard kit for both models includes alloy rims (17" on the 1.2T, 19" on the 1.6T), LEDs, privacy glass, auto wipers and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
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The 1.6T Acenta adds auto-leveling LED headlights, silver roof rails, chromed fog lights and keyless entry with push-button start.
Available as an option on both is Nissan's techno pack which adds the automaker's around-view monitor, heatable external mirrors, NissanConnect for smartphone integration and satnav with a 17cm touch screen. Heatable leather seats are optional on the 1.6T.
1.2T Acenta Xtronic - R327 700
1.2T Acenta Xtronic with techno pack - R344 500
1.6T Acenta 6MT - R357 700
1.6T Acenta 6MT with techno pack - R374 500
1.6T Acenta 6MT with techno pack and leather - R385 500
All Qashqai derivatives are sold with a six-year or 150 000km warranty and a five-year or 90 000km service plan, which includes roadside assistance, as standard.