After months of anticipation due to teasers from Nissan, the All-New, third-generation Nissan Qashqai has finally been unveiled. More than three million units of Qashqai have been sold since Nissan invented the segment in 2007.
The new Qashqai has retained elements from previous generations: elegant design, enhanced packaging and efficient powertrain, combined with elevated quality and a driving experience from a higher segment. Thanks to the new Alliance CMF-C platform, a showcase of advanced engineering, innovation and advanced technology, the new Qashqai will again raise the bar in the crossover segment and customers will savour those attributes.
As with the two previous generations, the design for the all-new Nissan Qashqai came out of Nissan's European Design Studio in London, UK. Completely redesigned with a more muscular, sharp and modern shape, the body stance is more enhanced and purposeful, with prominent shoulder lines. The extended wheelbase and now features 20-inch alloy wheels introduced to Qashqai for the first time.
Customers appreciate the personal touches, so the new Qashqai will be available in 11 body colours with five two-tone combinations, creating 16 variations to choose from.
Connected, comfortable and commanding, the cabin of the new Nissan Qashqai sets a new segment standard for premium feel, distinctive design and enhanced usability.
Find yourself swooning over the Nappa part leather¹, swept away by the massaging driver’s and passenger’s seats, captivated by its customisable digital display and advanced connectivity.
New white ambient lighting is used throughout the cabin, with its uniformity giving a premium and harmonious impression. While extensive attention has been paid to the ergonomic and aesthetic quality of the switch gear and buttons with a high quality, tactile feel giving users a sense of confidence and the refinement.
Forward visibility has been improved with repositioned door mirrors, thinner A-pillars and a wider windscreen opening angle. In the rear there’s an additional 28mm of knee room for passengers, thanks largely in part to an increase in wheelbase.
Where space allows, parents will appreciate that the rear doors now open to 90 degrees, allowing easier access to babies and toddlers in child-seats.
A powered hands-free tailgate makes accessing the boot effortless when hands are anything but free. Boot capacity is also up, by 50 litres over that of the current model, courtesy of a revised rear suspension layout which allows for a lower cargo floor.
The new Qashqai offers an advanced infotainment system with a broad portfolio of connected services including effortless integration of smartphones, in-car WiFi for up to seven devices and NissanConnect Services, a dedicated app with which to interact with and monitor the vehicle.
A new 9 inch high-definition multimedia touchscreen replaces the outgoing car’s 7.0in unit, while a 10.8 inch head-up display is said to be the largest in its segment. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa bring voice control functionality, and the NissanConnect smartphone app allows remote control of certain functions including the horn, lights and central locking.
Supporting Nissan's goal of achieving 50% electrified sales in Europe by 2024, the new Nissan Qashqai will not only be available with a 1.3 DiG-T petrol equipped with mild hybrid technology, but it also represents the European debut of e-POWER, Nissan's innovative and award-winning powertrain that draws technologies from the company's pioneering Nissan LEAF electric vehicle.
With both 2WD and 4WD variants, 6-speed manual or new Xtronic transmissions, and pure-electric motor driving courtesy of e-POWER, the all-new Qashqai's powertrain options cater for every customer requirement with driving pleasure at the heart of all the powertrain configurations.
The new Qashqai brings the first deployment of Nissan's innovative e‑POWER drive system to Europe. The system is comprised of a high-output battery and powertrain integrated with a category-leading variable compression ratio 154hp petrol engine, power generator, inverter and 140kW electric motor of similar size and power output as found in Nissan's electric vehicles. It's a unique solution that combines the enjoyable, seamless linear acceleration which is characteristic of an EV, but without the need for charging.Similar to the LEAF, the new Qashqai e-POWER benefits from an entirely new `one pedal' driving experience called e-Pedal. Drivers can start, accelerate and decelerate using only the accelerator pedal.
"The new Qashqai is going to change what customers can expect from a family car. Comfort, refinement and technology will be comparable with upper segment vehicles, while the driving experience will satisfy drivers and passengers alike. With Nissan's bold e-POWER technology, we feel that customers will fall in love with the feeling of an electric powertrain, without the range concerns,” said Gianluca de Ficchy, Chairman, Nissan Africa, Middle East, India, Europe and Oceania (AMIEO) Region.
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