7 November 2013

New Qashqai revealed

Nissan has revealed its second generation Qashqai, as a car that's longer, wider and lower than the outgoing version, writes Brian Byrne.

Going on sale in February, a completely changed car will offer a much stronger design, is significantly lighter, and offers an engine range with CO2 emissions starting at 99g/km.

The powertrains will include 115hp 1.2 and 150hp 1.6 petrol units, and 115hp 1.5 and 130hp 1.6 diesels. All cars are available as FWD, but there will also be an AWD version.

Nissan is making much of its safety and handling technologies, already seen in the recently-launched new Note. They include Nissan Safety Shield packages which feature Front Collision Avoidance, Driver Attention Support, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection, High Beam Assist.

Other features are Chassis Control, Full LED headlamps which consume 50 per cent of the power of previous Xenon lamps, Intelligent Parking Assist, New NissanConnect with smartphone app integration, and and Around View Monitor

There won't be a 7-seat to replace the Qashqai+2. Instead, the greater passenger capacity will be provided by the new X-Trail, which has a similar style to the new Qashqai.