The automotive market has seen its fair share of new vehicles and none more popular these days than SUVs and crossovers. Among other brands, Nissan has six versions of sport utility vehicles from all shapes, sizes, and prices including the Kicks, Qashqai, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder and the Armada. So how does the new Nissan Qashqai measure up with an impressive all-wheel-drive system?
The new Nissan Qashqai impresses once again with a more sophisticated and dynamic look and feel. Some even believe that it could revolutionise the crossover segment, and judging from the price, features and styling, we’re not at all surprised. Considering the impact the 2007 Nissan Qashqai had on the family car market of yesteryear, one could argue that it was largely responsible for today’s crossovers.
The new Nissan Qashqai boasts a stylish facelift and next level intelligent technology across a reshuffled range. While the outgoing models leave behind a lasting impression, the second generation has hit South African streets looking more stylish, sophisticated and dynamic than ever before.
Most notably, the exterior looks more modern and sleek with new headlights, redesigned alloys and a signature Nissan V-grille. Wider shoulder lines and flared wheel arches are home to stylish alloy wheels matching the black cladding on the bumpers. The rear looks as impressive as the front with LED wrap-around tail lamps finishing off a great compact, crossover design.
The Nissan Qashqai 1.2T Visia and 1.2T Acenta are two wellknown brothers in the Qashqai family. Petrol driven, these two crossovers more than hold their own against their beefy, diesel driven siblings. And for good reason: their superbly calculated weight-to-power ratios perfectly marry space-aged vehicle weight with turbo-charged engine power.
Believe it or not, they are all used to test and sell Nissan’s range of crossover vehicles, from the Nissan Qashqai to the Nissan Juke. It kind of makes sense seeing as the crossover range is placed is a unique segment of the market and looks so different that they would need to have tests that are just as unique and different.
South Africa’s most prestigious motor industry title, the WesBank/SAGMJ Car Of The Year (COTY) award, is back up for grabs, and Group 1 Nissan is proud to announce that the Qashqai 1.6 dCi is one of the 2015 finalists.
This year’s hopefuls were revealed to the public at a glitzy event in Johannesburg’s Inanda Polo Club. While every car chosen exhibits stellar qualities, we strongly believe that the Qashqai has the design excellence, performance proof and safety features needed to outshine the competition.
We all know that the Nissan Qashqai is a powerful vehicle and now it has picked up the award to prove it. This year the all-new Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi has been named as the overall winner at the Tow Car Awards 2014.
The all-new Qashqai, which was released internationally earlier this year and is now available in South Africa, has once again redefined the crossover market that it has come to epitomise. Now with its title as Overall Winner, the Qashqai has firmly cemented its position as one of the best crossovers in the world and definitely the car of choice for anybody who enjoys caravaning or those who tow regularly.
It is no secret that Nissan is the world’s leader when it comes to crossover vehicles. The Qashqai, Murano, Juke and the all-new X-Trail are not just fantastic vehicles, they are the perfect vehicles for the 21st century: Economy, power and beauty in one smart package.
This year’s Nissan’s offerings at the 85th Geneva Motor Show have highlighted some of the best innovation from Nissan and if this is where Nissan is planning to go in the next decade, we are in for an exciting time with electric cars, revolutionary performance cars and the domination of the crossover.
Even without a double or triple points score, Qashqai would earn you 24 points on the scrabble board if you were allowed to play it (You can’t: it’s a proper noun and there is only one ‘Q’ tile). Ok, so maybe not everybody is a scrabble fan or even a fan of the Qashqai name. When it was first released in 2007, some of the initial reactions cried out that the Qashqai had an “unpronounceably stupid name.” Apparently the poor Australians had such a problem with the name that it was released as the Dualis.