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 second-generation Nissan Qashqai arrived in 2013 and had a dramatic impact on the SUV market. Fast forward to 2017, the company introduced better styling, a snazzy interior and ProPilot self-driving technology. Now, there’s even more to celebrate as the improved Nissan Qashqai has new engine options and a media system with smartphone link-up on all vehicles except the entry-level Qashqai Visia.
What’s New On The Nissan Qashqai?
A highlight of the new Nissan Qashqai involves petrol engines. The 1.2T Visia Plus, 1.2T Acenta Plus and 1.5dCi Acenta will fall away which leaves us with the 1.2T Visia, 1.2T Acenta manual and auto along with the 1.5dCi Plus. The range-topping Nissan Tekna trim grade has been retained although it now features the 1.2T unit instead of the previous 1.5dCi engine.
The engines remain the same as before as the 1.2-litre turbo-petrol unit produces 85kW and 190Nm while the 1.5-litre diesel develops 81kW and 260Nm. It may seem a little small for a car this size but the outputs and overall performance should offer more than enough.
In terms of performance, it is quite easy-going most of the torque being low down. This means that the Nissan Qashqai has effortless acceleration and you won’t even have to gear down when overtaking on the motorway.
Infotainment System And Driver-Assist Technologies
As mentioned earlier, Nissan’s new 17.8cm touchscreen infotainment system comes standard from the Nissan Acenta model upwards. It has a redesigned look and new processor for improved responsiveness. The system boasts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity with a feature for customisable home screens and widgets.
The Nissan Tekna model has a special navigation system with new single-line search functionality that reportedly makes finding a location much simpler. In addition, the Acenta models also receive a range of driver-assist features that were previously only available on the Tekna. These include Forward Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Cross Traffic Alert.
While systems like the ProPilot are not unique in today’s modern motoring world, the Nissan Qashqai seems is certainly one of the most family-friendly cars with such functionality. What makes it even more attractive is that it’s all wrapped up in one button press.
For the top of the range Nissan Tekna, there are additional assistance gadgets including Nissan’s Intelligent Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection.
What Does The New Nissan Qashqai Cost?
- 1.2T Visia – R 368 100 *
- 1.2T Acenta – R 396 900 *
- 1.2T Acenta CVT – R 415 900 *
- 1.5dCi Acenta Plus – R 443 900 *
- 1.2T Tekna – R 458 300 *
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* Disclaimer: Prices are accurate as of 27 January 2020.