New Qashqai

New Qashqai

Motors went to London late last week for the unveiling of the new Nissan Qashqai.

With over two million units sold, the extremely successful SUV crossover gets a striking new body.

Existing customers will notice an evolution of the five-seat car's design.

Built on a new platform, which it will share with the next X-Trail, Qashqai is now 49mm longer, slightly lower and a little wider too.

The exterior is more sophisticated with more body curves and creases.

A new clamshell bonnet and smarter front end add more class to a car that has been adored in Ireland since 2007.

Inside there is revised seating and a new dash layout, plus a new electronic hand/parking brake.

New Qashqai features a host of hi-tech driving safety aids available under the 'Nissan Safety Shield' banner like 'Front Collision Avoidance' (radar activated auto braking) and 'Moving Object Detection', to name just two.

Under the bonnet, a new 115hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine features for the first time. There is also a 150hp, 1.6-litre petrol.

Diesel users get a choice of 1.5-litre, 110hp or 1.6-litre 130hp units.

Also new is the option of a stepped CVT automatic.

Sadly, Nissan will not be making a Qashqai+2 at this point in time, saying that the X-Trail will offer a five+2 seating option.

Dynamically, there are revisions to the suspension, and we look forward to reviewing these and other changes in the near future when we drive the car.

Prices have just been announced, starting at €24,495 - a modest 3% increase on the outgoing car.


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