Nissan unveiled the Qashqai crossover back in 2006 at the Paris Motor Show and a little later on showed up performing a few stunts. It turned out to be the best move the Japanese automaker made in 2007 selling the very successful small SUV like hot cakes everywhere outside of the U.S. market. So in an attempt to keep things fresh, Nissan’s design team put pen to paper and redesigned the Qashqai’s front end for a fun and attractive resyling.

2011 Nissan Qashqai Facelift
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The Qashqai will receive its first facelift next spring right in time for the 2010 model year and Nissan has just released the first images of the Qashqai after getting off the operating table earlier today. As you can see from the images, the 2011 Qashqai facelift will feature a whole new front fascia consisting of a new bonnet, new front bumper and new lighting. While the tail of the vehicle remains basically unchanged. Aside from the exterior changes, the new Qashqai will also get two new exterior colors added to its pallet, including Red Magnetic and Titanium Gray, but the big news is the all new pearl gray interior.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Nissan’s mid-size Crossover, the Qashqai, will undergo an extensive update in the spring of 2010 to cement its position as the class-leading, pioneering alternative to the traditional hatchback in Europe. Customer deliveries will begin in March.

2011 Nissan Qashqai Facelift
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Since its European launch in March 2007, the Qashqai has exceeded all sales ambitions, with the 500,000th customer delivery scheduled to take place later this month.
Building on its huge popularity among European Qashqai customers - over 80% of whom are first-time Nissan buyers - the updates to Qashqai reinforce its position as a stylish Crossover which combines the dynamic driving characteristics of a sporty hatchback with the robust, solid virtues of a compact SUV.


The most notable visual change to the Qashqai is at the front, where a complete makeover has taken place. All new bonnet, front bumper, wings, grille and headlamps combine to give the Qashqai an air of premium sophistication, presence and quality. The new frontal aspect is shared with Qashqai+2.

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At the rear, the overall shape of the lights remain unchanged, but they now include an aerodynamic feature to reduce drag. A more transparent lens design has been adopted, with the upper portion, housing the reversing lights and turn indicators, being clear, while the lower section with the brake and nighttime running lights, is red. Additionally, the stop lamp and tail lights operate using 12 LEDs for maximum clarity.


Two new exterior colours have been added: Magnetic Red and Titanium Grey. Both colours complement the philosophy of added sophistication that runs through the overall restyling.
Additionally, two new designs of alloy wheels will be introduced. Both are five-spoke designs - one 16- one 17-inch in diameter - which both add to the Qashqai’s understated presence.

As well as the changes to the front of the Qashqai, a series of other modifications around the car have had the effect of improving its aerodynamic efficiency, with the coefficient of drag dropping from 0.34 to 0.33.

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The Qashqai will feature a new, design to the main dials which give added clarity and legibility. A redesigned drive computer is positioned between the two dials. Its white LCD screen shows instantaneous and average fuel consumption, mileage, time, cruise control and speed limiter settings among others, providing the driver with an easy to understand interface with their car.


A new stone colour leather trim has been added, which will combine with an upper door trim and dashboard in black and lower portion of the interior which is also pale grey to give a light, but warm interior ambience.

Another improvement to the interior comes with the fitment of low-level lighting around the front footwells, giving a warmer ambience on getting into the car.

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Additional oddment storage has been created for added convenience, with a new cubby at the base of the central cluster which is ideal for a mobile phone or portable audio player. Additionally on the two-wheel drive versions (where the ALL MODE selector isn’t fitted), there is a new space for parking tickets, keys and swipe cars conveniently located between the seats just behind the gear selector.


Overall life on board has been made more comfortable for occupants thanks to improved protection against noise, vibration and harshness. This has been achieved by adding an all-new multi-layer insulation material around the front bulkhead, as well as the fitment of an ‘acoustic’ windscreen which reduces the transmission of noise.

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A reduction in wind noise around the A-pillar has been achieved by changing the window sealing.

Qashqai customer research has shown that they love the blend of solidity and agility, but some small but significant changes have been made to the suspension tuning to further improve ride comfort and responsiveness.


Finally, building on the improvements to the aerodynamics of the Qashqai, a new Pure Drive 129g version will be introduced with a reduced CO2 output.
A weight reduction programme, the adoption of aerodynamic wheel covers, combined with the blanking of the fog lamp sockets, the fitment of low rolling resistance tyres and the lengthening of the final drive ration have all combined to reduce the Qashqai’s CO2 from 137 to 129g/km.

2011 Nissan Qashqai Facelift
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“When Qashqai was launched in Europe in 2007, we were optimistic customers would recognise that it offered an alternative to the traditional hatchback or compact SUV. However, we had to increase production to meet demand and two-and-a-half years later, demand hasn’t relented. Qashqai has been key at reinforcing Nissan’s position as an innovator in the European market. The updates to Qashqai make it even more attractive and will continue to bring new customers to Nissan for the first time,” said Simon Thomas, Nissan’s European Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing.

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  (498) posted on 01.5.2012

The wheels are so cool for me; it emphasized the beauty that Qashqai had, give some appreciation on the other features of this car.

  (777) posted on 09.20.2011

The mileage on this car is impressive and its glossy body paint gives the classy looks on this Qashqai but I’m just wondering if the interior of it looks like.

  (577) posted on 09.8.2011

The lines on the front of this Qashqai, seems so cool and perfect on it. Its two new exterior colors are so fitted for this car. I just also wish and hope that this Qashqai is also had an impressive engine.

  (300) posted on 09.1.2011

It looks great and awesome with the color of red. The wheels are so cool for me, it emphasized the beauty that Qashqai had, give some appreciation on the other features of this car.

  (1) posted on 05.18.2011

The look of the 2011 model is good , but as a driver of it I wish I had stayed with the older model . Fuel economy is poor on the 1.5 d Pure drive compared to the 2010 model which achieved a combined average of 45-48 mpg with ease .
In my opinion the combined mpg of 54.3 claimed by Nissan is un-achievable in the real world. I think you will be doing extremely well to get 40mpg on the face lift model that is now fitted with a DPF .
Having used both the facelift model and the 2010 model (both 1.5 Tekna) I am disappointed in the supposed improvements , as it was clearly made at the expense of fuel economy.

  (612) posted on 11.7.2010

For me, its not bad looking though..I find the design sharp and clean, just like ordinary hatchback.

  (544) posted on 04.7.2010

Ugly! But some said that it’s really fun to drive. IMO, I’d choose the nissan X-trail than the Quashquai.

  (417) posted on 03.22.2010

ugly looking car, honestly im not that impress with it.

  (1333) posted on 01.31.2010

^yes it is more aggressive and tough looking crossover vehicle, and good competitor of RAv4 and Cr-V.

  (780) posted on 01.14.2010

I don’t know, maybe Japanese people did support this kind of concept but I believe on the designs of Nissan that it will be that successful as the Nissan 370Z market value. I don’t know bud but I think I was the one who’s interested on this Qashqai appearance.

  (815) posted on 01.14.2010

It’s the most important vehicle for Indians as much as to Nissan. This vehicle has a good ground clearance, car like interiors, option of 4wd, a good and reliable diesel engine. It’s an single arm which can kill many competitors in a single launch.

  (612) posted on 01.11.2010

A few years ago, the Murano was a breakthrough design. Rehashing the same design with quite a bit of watering down, a few years after that, is not a breakthrough design. Not even an interesting one. What happened to Nissan’s designers? They were on fire not long ago...

  (1023) posted on 12.16.2009

For me, market seems to love the changes with a reasonable price. Qashqai is one of the mini SUV that have good reviews on the internet and of course as you will notice the facelift changes and good color palettes to choose from. I want the Red Magnetic Qashqai.

  (1333) posted on 12.6.2009

It was really the front fascial that makes Nissan Qashqai’s design a little bit awkward. I don’t know how in the world did it sell a number of units. But with this face-lift, for sure the sales would rake doubling the achievement of the previous Nissan car.

Naterade22  (238) posted on 12.3.2009

Great step forward Nissan. I like the concept and I love the new facelift. I hope it yields great results in productivity. I like the look of the Quashqai better than the Murano too.

Naterade22  (1023) posted on 12.3.2009

yes is has a better exterior design than the previous Quashqai, and I think Quashqai is way better performance than the Murano.

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