The Nissan Qashqai is a small SUV, a crossover to be more specific, and likely the genesis of all small SUVs. When it first launched more than a decade ago, who could have predicted its tremendous success? Not to mention the sheer number of rivals and imitators it would generate.
When Nissan launched the Qashqai in South Africa years ago, I thought it would not sell because the name was too difficult to pronounce. How wrong I was. How well the Qashqai sold!
Qashqai means ‘horse with white forehead’ and is the name of a semi-nomadic tribe in Iran. The Qashqai is renowned for its brave warriors and beautiful textiles. But why name a car after it?
Nissan is a market leader in South Africa, but internationally the brand had slumped in the last few years. But following the upheavals in top management and tensions in the alliance they share with Renault and Mitsubishi, Nissan has finally upped its game again with some exciting new SUVs.
With 2020 in full swing, an upgraded Nissan Qashqai has made its way to South Africa. The updates include an all-new NissanConnect 2.0 infotainment system, engine options and a smaller range which has been dropped from eight to five.
The Nissan Qashqai is as difficult to define as it is to pronounce. Is it an SUV or a hatchback? The facts that matter is that it is now in its second generation, very good to look at, great to drive, a stranger to the pump and there are seven models to choose from.
As of January 2019, Nissan has sold more than 360,000 Leaf models since debuting back in 2011. Considering the number of batteries they produce, the Japanese automaker has come up with a few ideas on how to recycle them. Their latest (and greatest) is a smart pop-up concept camper developed in partnership with off-road camping manufacturer Opus and powered by recycled Nissan Leaf battery cells.
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.