Does The New Nissan Qashqai Set The Benchmark For All New Crossovers? ...
The new Nissan Qashqai has been revealed today; going on sale on the 1st February 2014.
Since 2007 Nissan have sold over 2 million Qashqai and the trend looks to carry on with the all-new model. Which is 49mm longer, slightly lower and wider to give a more poised stance.
Safety is at the forefront of design, with the availability of Nissan’s Safety Shield technologies which incorporate Front Collision Avoidance, Driver Attention Support, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection and High Beam Assist.
There be the option of Full LED headlamps which consume 50 per cent of the power of previous Xenon lamps. Chassis Control, Intelligent Parking Assist, NissanConnect with smartphone app integration and Around View Monitoring.
Cleverly technology such as Driver Attention Support will take around 10 minutes to ‘learn’ your driving style, the Nissan Safety Shield will monitor driving inputs, showing a dashboard alert if steering becomes erratic, indicating the driver should take a break.
Efficiency has not been forgotten with CO2 emissions of 99 k/km (engine dependent) and a reduction of 40kg over the outgoing model.
Where the majority of sales have been for the front-wheel-drive model, Nissan will still continue with four-wheel-drive ALL-MODE 4x4-i versions with the choice of six-speed manual or all-new Xtronic transmissions.
The engine line-up comprises four engines: two petrol and two diesel, with the option of two- or four-wheel-drive. You choose between manual and all-new Xtronic automatic transmissions.
The petrol line-up starts with the entry level 1.2 DIG-T 115PS unit which is coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. CO2 emissions are recorded at 129 g/km with a combined fuel consumption of 50.4 mpg backed with Start/Stop ignition, including a regenerative alternator, optimised gear ratios and special low-viscosity oils.
The top of the range petrol model will be the 1.6 DIG-T 150PS, which joins the line-up in autumn 2014. Fuel consumption is 50.4mpg on the NEDC combined cycle, while CO2 emissions are 132g/km.
Diesel engines start with sixth-generation 1.5 dCi 110PS which now sees CO2 emissions of 99 g/km, a combined fuel figure of 74.3mpg and an increase of 20Nm of torque.
The 1.6 dCi 130PS has the option of two or four-wheel-drive - in two-wheel-drive manual form, the 1.6 dCi has CO2 emissions of 115g/km and an EU combined fuel consumption figure of 64.2mpg. The Xtronic version emits 119g/km and returns 61.4mpg, while the four-wheel-drive manual version enjoys figures of 129g/km and 57.6mpg.
The new Qashqai will be built here in Britain at Nissan’s Sunderland plant. We will have full prices and specifications shortly.
Overall Nissan seem to have set the Crossover benchmark, we liked the outgoing model and we are pretty certain we will praise the new model.Published 7 November 2013