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.
Compared to the first generation, the interior of the new Nissan Qashqai offers more leg, head and shoulder room along with a bigger boot of 430 litres. High quality finishing, a leather gear lever and new instrument panels are just a few of the refined details. Depending on the model, some features include USB and AUX compatibility, Smartphone integration with Android and iOS support and a panoramic glass roof with electric one-touch shade.
With seats specifically designed to provide lower back support, the Nissan Qashqai is undoubtedly a comfortable car. In addition, the level of detail is exceptional with very little wind noise and the highly effective damping soaking up the bumps for an enjoyable ride.
New Nissan Qashqai Range
The Qashqai range consists of seven models with two diesels and two petrol engine variants. The entry level 1.2-litre turbopetrol Visia is ideal for everyday driving with Nissan claiming 6.2L/100km. Its manual six-speed gearbox is light, responsive and easy to shift. Alloy wheels are optional but all the basics are included such as power steering, LED daytime running lights, a five-inch HD Drive-Assist Display, a multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth, cruise control and manual air conditioning.
Moving onto the Qashqai Acenta, both the 1.2T and 1.5-turbodiesel (DCI) models get a host of standard features. These include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, front fog lights, a leather steering wheel and gear lever, six speakers, dual-zone climate control and two extra cup holders. The 1.5-turbodiesel may just be the apple in everyone’s eye with good looks, big fuel savings and the added torque resulting in an incredibly pleasant drive.
Besides the navigation system and electric parking brake, the Nissan Qashqai 1.5 DCI Tekna stands out with an impressive line-up of technologies. Some of the advanced features are Nissan’s intelligent blind spot warning, intelligent around view monitor and moving object detection, cross traffic alert, forward emergency braking and collision warning.
The Nissan Qashqai has certainly made its mark since 2007 but the new range takes it to the next level. It offers driving pleasure for everyone through superior quality, style and comfort.
All models feature a six-year/150 000 km warranty and three-year/90 000 km service plan as standard.
What Is The Price Of A New Nissan Qashqai?
Nissan Qashqai 1,2T Visia – R334 900
Nissan Qashqai 1,2T Acenta – R367 000
Nissan Qashqai 1,2T Acenta CVT – R381 000
Nissan Qashqai 1,2T Acenta Plus CVT – R394 000
Nissan Qashqai 1,5dCi Acenta – R394 000
Nissan Qashqai 1,5dCi Acenta Plus – R407 000
Nissan Qashqai 1,5dCi Tekna – R434 000
*Pricing correct at time of publishing (5 March 2018)