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 facelifted Nissan Qashqai is now available in South Africa with all the updated styling and technology you’d expect from a leading car manufacturer. It has always been a popular choice and the new model has even more to offer in styling, features and Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility system*.
Nissan Qashqai Exterior and Interior
A new front bumper features a V-motion grille, sleek daytime running lights and nine LED lights giving the Nissan Qashqai a level of distinction and acclaim. Nissan redesigned the bonnet and rear bumper for added fervor and also introduced new alloy wheel designs available in either 17- or 19-inch. Other features include bonnet protectors, roof cross bars, mudguards, Bosal tow bar and a panoramic glass roof on the top-end Nissan Qashqai Tekna.
On the inside, the new Nissan Qashqai certainly looks the part with luxury styling, smooth lines and a host of features. A new D-shaped steering wheel with 4-way controllers feature prominently in the cabin along with improved material quality for the interior door handles and air vents. Additional features include one-touch electric windows, cruise control, and a user-friendly touchscreen infotainment system with a new user interface. The 7-speaker BOSE Premium sound system is also new and provides superior sound quality at the front and the rear.
Using NASA-inspired technology and simple human anatomy, the ergonomic seats and interior design offer absolute pleasure and comfort. Nissan has enhanced the steering, ride, and handling by re-tuning the dampers and the anti-roll bar stiffness. Additional sound insulation, door sealing and thicker rear glass greatly reduce road and engine noise.
Nissan Qashqai Intelligent Mobility
While Nissan’s fascinating Mobility technology is only available on the top-end Tekna, it is something seriously worth considering. Not only does it help monitor your vehicle and your surroundings, but it can anticipate unpredictable situations and offer more protection for you and your passengers.
Nissan’s Intelligent Around View Monitor uses 4 cameras to deliver a clear, panoramic 360° view of your Qashqai when driving, reversing or parking. When in Drive, the intelligent display gives you a front and overhead view so you know exactly how far forward you can go. In Drive or Reverse, a simple push of a button will switch to an overhead side view to see how close you are to the pavement.
The Intelligent Emergency Braking offers assistance at low speeds warning you and also automatically applies brakes if it detects a risk of a possible forward collision. This includes another vehicle or any other obstacles. The Blind Spot Warning System adds a third eye to your driving experience as an orange light on the side view mirrors will appear when obstacles approach you on either side. While impressive and accurate, it is only an added safety feature and doesn’t mean drivers no longer need to do a manual blind spot check.
Unlike other ‘autonomous’ driver-assist systems that seem intimidating and require a degree to understand, Nissan’s advanced features are intuitive, easy to use and accessible. It’s quite literally as simple as pressing a few buttons on the right of the steering wheel.
Engine Specs and Safety Features
The Nissan Qashqai is available in a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine pushing out 85 kW and 190 Nm of torque and a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or CVT. Fuel economy is estimated at around 6.2/100 km. There is also a 1.5 dCi turbo-diesel variant with 81 kW and 260 Nm of torque but it only comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. As far as fuel economy goes, it impresses with 4.2/100 km.
Nissan believes in providing only the best levels of safety as standard across all the new Nissan Qashqai models. This includes 6 standard airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS) and Hill Start Assist (HSA).
All things considered, the Nissan Qashqai is the perfect balance between power, performance safety and elegance. Maybe it’s time to stop wondering and book a test drive to see what the fuss is all about.
* Nissan Intelligent Mobility is only available on the Nissan Qashqai Tekna