Nissan QASHQAI+2
Nissan QASHQAI+2

Following on from its debut at the British International Motor Show, Nissan has announced prices for the new British Built Nissan QASHQAI+2.

The SUV-influenced styling, ‘command’ seating position and genuine driving enjoyment are all carried over from the standard QASHQAI, but the greater length of the new seven-seater crossover is aimed squarely at families seeking practicality without sacrificing style.

Three equipment levels, two engines and front or four-wheel drive

Pricing follows logical, step-like increments and like its smaller sibling, QASHQAI+2 is offered in three trim and equipment levels, Visia, Acenta and Tekna. Moving up from Visia to Acenta adds £1550, from Acenta to Tekna £1150, and each is available with either the 140 PS 2.0-litre petrol engine or the 150 PS 2.0-litre dCi diesel engine in either front-wheel drive or ALL-MODE four-wheel drive configuration. As well as the standard six-speed manual gearbox, there’s the option of a CVT gearbox on petrol 4WD models or a conventional six-speed automatic on diesel 4WD models.

Automatic transmissions are an additional £1100, while ALL-MODE 4WD and the diesel engine both carry a £1400 premium.

So, with the entry 2.0 petrol Visia 2WD model priced at £17,199, opting for 4WD takes the price to £18,599, and adding CVT, £19,699. The equivalent diesel Visia models are £18,599, £19,999 and £21,099 (automatic transmission), respectively (see full price list below).

QASHQAI+2: logical next step

A 135 mm extended wheelbase and a 210 mm increase in length bring added space for larger families and the ingenious third row of seats can be used by children or for occasional use by adults. Their reclining backrests will fold completely flat without the need to remove the head restraints first, opening up the luggage space to give almost 500 litres of capacity, an increase of 90 over QASHQAI.

The standard full-depth roller-blind tonneau cover can be stored beneath the boot floor when the third row seats are being used, while the underfloor storage lid can double up as a cargo divider if you need to keep fragile items separated from heavier objects.

Second row passengers enjoy increased kneeroom and the 40/20/40 split backrest slide to provide walk-in access to the third row and reclines over a range of 15 degrees.  Added versatility is provided by the centre ‘20’ portion which can be folded forward to act as a large multi-function armrest, complete with two cupholders, a lidded storage box large enough to hold personal music players and a power outlet.

Standard panoramic roof

QASHQAI+2 comes with a huge fixed panoramic glass roof that opens up the cabin to create a sense of airiness; if the sun becomes a little too intense, then a sunshade will glide into place at the touch of a button. Rear seat passengers also travel incognito thanks to standard privacy glass for all windows beyond the front doors, and standard roof bars provide an added sense of exclusivity.

Despite these added features and the greater versatility of the new configuration, pricing for the QASHQAI+2  represents an increase over the standard model of just £1800 for Visia grade models, £1850 for Acenta and only £1500 for Tekna.

Visia, Acenta and Tekna in detail

All models are well-equipped and as well as the panoramic roof, privacy glass and roof bars, Visia spec includes power windows with driver’s one touch operation, air conditioning, a drive computer, Bluetooth hands-free, a four speaker CD audio system, 17 inch alloy wheels, satin silver front grille and alarm. Ample storage is provided by an under seat drawer, large glovebox and deep door pockets. A full safety package, mirroring that of the five-star Euro NCAP rated five-seat QASHQAI, includes six airbags plus front seat active headrests and seatbelt pretensioners.

Move up to Acenta and you get a leather trimmed steering wheel and manual gear knob, a centre rear armrest and a choice of interior trim colours. The audio system is upgraded to an in-dash six-disc autochanger, six speakers and steering wheel controls and the air con becomes dual zone and climate controlled. Automatic wipers and headlamps, cruise control and rear parking sensors complete the package.

Select the top spec Tekna and you enjoy the luxury of heated, leather seats with contrasting stitching, the convenience of the Intelligent Key, and the added safety of xenon headlamps and an auto-dimming interior mirror. At night you bathe in the warm glow of the front ‘mood’ lamp.

Published : 16/08/08 Author : Melanie Carter

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