New Nissan Qashqai Rolled Out Across Europe< Back to blog
As the inventors of the urban crossover segment, it comes as no surprise to see Nissan assert their dominance in the market with the all-new Qashqai – unveiled in late February and set for release during the summer of this year.
Now in its third generation, the Nissan Qashqai has been completely reinvented inside and out while still maintaining all the things drivers previously loved about the family friendly SUV.
It marks the latest product introduced under the Nissan NEXT transformation plan, which includes the upcoming all-electric Ariya. A scheme that is designed to prioritise sustainable growth and profitability across the Japanese manufacturer’s global operations.
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New Nissan Qashqai design
The all-new Qashqai’s design has been remodelled to attract the modern day customer. This is accentuated by the V-motion grille featured on all Qashqai’s that has been expanded and refined to modernise the signature feature on Nissan’s third-generation model. The grille spearheads Nissan’s sharper and more toned SUV that still manages to maintain its manufacturer’s unmistakeable character.
As a whole the body is more imposing. Its stance is made more prominent by an extended wheelbase and bolder alloy wheels. This does not take away from the new Qashqai’s more athletic and dynamic look. A single character line drawn from the front of the car to the rear brings a sporty feel to the SUV.
Slimmer LED headlamps provide the icing on the cake of Nissan’s modernised Qashqai. The headlights feature technology that automatically adjusts the shape of the beam according to surrounding road conditions and users.
The cherry on the cake however, belongs to the Qashqai’s new colour schemes. Of which there are 16 different variables. 11 solid colours are bolstered with 5 two tone exteriors – including the Magnetic Blue & Pearl Black Roof option featured in Nissan’s imagery.
New Nissan Qashqai interior
Inside the new Nissan Qashqai sets the standard for an elevated feel and enhanced usability within its class. The fine-tailoring and attention to detail immediately apparent inside the Qashqai goes above and beyond anything we have previously seen from Nissan.
Designed with an inviting and relaxing environment in mind, the Qashqai has taken the usual relaxation features one step further by including a massage function in both front seats. Both the driver and passenger can control the speed and the intensity of their massage.
Practicality is also at the forefront of Nissan’s design team’s minds when they created their latest model. The boot capacity is increased by over 70 litres to enhance the storage space of the Qashqai – and the family-friendly SUV lives up to its tag with passenger doors that open to 90° to allow easier access for children and car seats.
New Nissan Qashqai performance
The Qashqai will eventually be made available with two different powertrains.
Upon its release in the summer, Qashqai fans will be able to drive a 12V mild hybrid powered version. In this case, a lithium-ion battery works alongside a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine. The system regenerates energy whilst decelerating that can be reused while accelerating – backing up Nissan Europe’s Vice President for Product Planning’s claims that the Qashqai is ‘good for the planet, but even better for the wallet’.
To follow the mild-hybrid version, Nissan will release its innovative e-POWER version further down the line. The system has been upgraded for the new Qashqai and includes a variable compression ratio petrol engine as the dedicated electricity generating unit. Meaning that the wheels are actually powered by an electric motor to give the driver instant, snappy acceleration and a lot of torque to have fun with.
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New Nissan Qashqai platform
Not something that would regularly be a talking point among drivers whenever a new car is released – but the latest Nissan Qashqai’s platform is worth shouting about.
It is the first model across all of Europe to use the Alliance CMF-C platform. The platform is produced using more lightweight materials as well as advanced stamping processes and welding techniques. This delivers a 60kg lighter platform and an increase in structural integrity of 41%. Improving the Qashqai’s performance and it’s safety in the same breath.
New Nissan Qashqai technology
If you’re a fan of digital screens, you will be like a kid in a sweet shop sat inside the new Qashqai. It features three digital displays including a 9.0 inch NissanConnect display screen. The screen houses all your usual services including wireless smartphone integration and even Amazon Alexa home-to-car skills.
Nissan’s infotainment system is about so much more than just one digital screen on it’s central console though. The Qashqai supports in-car Wi-Fi for up to seven devices, a new 10.8 inch Head-Up Display to show key information in your eye-line as you drive, and even an app to control and monitor the car.
Like all good modern interiors, the Nissan Qashqai even features wireless mobile phone charging. Helping its dashboard remain clutter-free.
New Nissan Qashqai safety
Nissan have maintained pace with the rest of the pack when it comes to its safety features. Manufacturers are going above and beyond the norm for their car’s technology and the Qashqai is no different.
Aptly named ProPILOT, the intuitive system uses navigation data to assist with driving, including accelerating and braking where necessary. One of it’s more handy features is it’s ability to adapt to the current speed limit, preventing you from speeding at any given time.
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