The Nissan Qashqai was first released in 2007, and since then, it’s taken the small crossover segment by storm, with more than two million units produced. Now there’s a second generation on offer, and it sports a sharper, better-looking exterior design, increased interior space with upgraded technology, and a more efficient drivetrain range that’ll save the atmosphere and sip the dino juice. It’s an important refresh for the Japanese automaker, and it appears as though the new model keeps all the good while revitalizing the rest.

That’s important in a car that sets many standards in the ever-expanding crossover segment. In order to keep its roll going, Nissan was tasked with changing the Qashqai just enough to justify its second-gen status, but not so much as to wreck the old formula. The result should be something that keeps the same customers coming back, while at the same time drawing in new buyers.

Read on to find out how Nissan will attempt such a feat. 

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Nissan Qashqai.

  • 2015 - 2018 Nissan Qashqai
  • Year:
    2015- 2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    113 @ 4500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    140 @ 2000
  • Displacement:
    1.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    10.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    115 mph
  • Price:
    15175
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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One critical part to keeping a popular car fresh is tweaking the exterior just enough to stand out from the previous model. To this end, Nissan altered the aesthetics to something that looks a bit sharper and more muscular, while still clearly maintaining ties with the first generation.

Starting in the front, we find a fascia that’s crisper and more heavily creased. The headlights are more angular than those in the first gen, while the grille and lower air dam have been enlarged and now offer a scowling expression when viewed head on. The lower fog lights received a polished surround, while the black trim lining the bottom of the car has been reduced in size.

This tough plastic apron continues along the flanks, lining the wheel wells and visually raising the Qashqai farther from the ground. The profile is distinctly more SUV-like in appearance, particularly in the rear half of the car where the short and stubby hatchback lines are tossed in favor of a stronger-looking C-pillar and rear quarter panel.

Overall, it’s the kind of update you’d expect, with a dash of extra beefiness, aggression, and perceived premium quality.

In the back, the taillights have been elongated into the sides of the car, stretching further from the rear hatch. The trailing roof spoiler also appears extended. The lower bumper lights have been squared and tucked more neatly into the lower apron.

Overall, it’s the kind of update you’d expect, with a dash of extra beefiness, aggression, and perceived premium quality. Dimensionally, Nissan added a bit more girth as well, giving the new model 1.85 inches of extra length and 0.79 inch of extra width. It’s also 0.59 inch lower than before. Nissan claims that despite these changes, front and rear headroom levels have actually increased by 0.39 inch, with the higher driving position still in place.

Rollers include optional 19-inch alloys. The new front end features LED daytime running lights on all models, with some versions equipped with full LEDs for the headlights, both low and high beams. Nissan claims LEDs provide “a whiter, crisper light, not only using 50 percent less power than Xenon bulbs, but also producing light closer in color to sunlight resulting in better visibility at night.”

The Qashqai comes equipped with a radar system, but instead of mounting this to the exterior of the car or in the grille, Nissan engineers placed it behind the bumper, smoothing the overall appearance. This also helps with aerodynamics, which sees an overall increase in efficiency, presenting a drag coefficient of just 0.32, which isn’t too bad for a tall crossover. These gains come from a redesigned roof spoiler, winglets and a flat floor. There’s also something called an Active Grille Shutter system, which blocks airflow into the radiator. At speeds over 19 mph, the shutter closes, reducing drag, and opening again when the engine needs cooling. This feature comes standard on models equipped with diesel engines and manual transmissions. The results are lower emissions, improved economy and greater stability at speed.

Overall length 4,377 MM (172.32 Inches)
Overall width 1,806 MM (71.10 Inches)
Overall height 1,590 MM (62.59 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,646 MM (104.17 Inches)
Track front/rear 1,565/1,560 MM (61.61/61.41 Inches)

Interior

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A variety of passive and active safety technology is available in the new Qashqai. It’s part of Nissan’s Safety Shield, which incorporates Forward Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert and Traffic Sign Recognition. There are also driver aids like Intelligent Park Assist.

Drivers are given the option to tailor various automatic settings through a single interface — customizing things like how early the headlights will turn on — using a new meter display located between the speedometer and tachometer in the gauge cluster. These functions are controlled by switches on the steering wheel.

The redesign for the seats used “advanced medical scanning techniques and were inspired by NASA to analyze pressure and blood flow in the lower back of seated passengers.”

Trunk space has increased by 0.7 cubic foot, offering up to 15.16 cubic feet total of luggage capacity with the rear seats in position, which Nissan claims bests other C-segment rivals like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. Passengers also get more space with better headroom and legroom. The wider body helps with shoulder room, while the door apertures have also been redesigned for easier ingress and egress.

The tailgate has been improved for loading and unloading by opening 5.9 inches higher than before. There’s also a dual-floor system for more flexibility. These two reversible floor panels can be raised or lowered in 16 different configurations for improved use of space. The rear board can also slot into a vertical alignment to hold things like shopping bags more securely. The load cover fits under the luggage floor for bulkier items, while the luggage boards are finished with a “wipe-clean” surface on one side and carpet on the other, in case you’re transporting messier items.

The redesign for the seats used “advanced medical scanning techniques and were inspired by NASA to analyse pressure and blood flow in the lower back of seated passengers.” Nissan claims this offers an even support system, with additional bolsters for the pelvis, lumbar and chest area, thus reducing fatigue on long-distance trips. Pretty neat.

You’ll find a few upgrades to common features too, like a longer wire for the USB port in the central console that allows passengers to operate the device outside of the console, and an electronic parking brake that frees up space in the cabin for things like cup holders.

Ambient cabin lightning now includes a subtle orange glow around the gearlever. Every aspect of the interior lighting system is controllable by the driver, and was designed to give the Qashqai a “premium look and feel.”

Drivetrain

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Nissan has wisely increased the range of engine options, also upping the average efficiency in the process. There are four engines available, two gasoline and two diesel, and all are turbocharged, allowing for lower displacement, fewer emissions and better fuel consumption, all without sacrificing performance. Each engine is also equipped with a Start-Stop ignition, a regenerative alternator, optimized gear ratios and low-viscosity oils, each of which is a standard feature for maximum savings at the pump. Additionally, the new Qashqai is significantly lighter than the old model, dropping over 88 pounds and boosting efficiency even further.

Drivetrains include front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, with either a six-speed manual or the new Xtronic automatic transmission.

The entry-level powerplant is a 1.2-liter DIG-T with 113 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque, which replaces the outgoing naturally aspirated 1.6-liter engine. Emissions are rated at 129 g/km, which is 15 g/km less than the 1.6-liter. Fuel economy is 50.4 mpg.

The new Qashqai is significantly lighter than the old model, dropping over 88 pounds and boosting efficiency even further.

Next on the gas list is a 1.6-liter DIG-T that produces 147 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful engine in the lineup (the diesels have it beat for torque, though). Despite the increased output, CO2 emissions are just a bit above the 1.2-liter, at 132 g/km, while economy is identical at 50.4 mpg.

Opening up for the oil burners is a 1.5-liter dCi unit putting out 108 horsepower. It’s the cleanest and most efficient option, making only 99 g/km of CO2 and getting 74.3 mpg. It’s the sixth iteration of the engine, and is shared with Renault through a joint partnership. Torque sees a 15 pound-foot gain to a total of 191. The engine’s internals have been revamped to offer quieter operation and less vibration, with the removal of the upper torque rod eliminating a “potential noise path from the engine to the cabin.” The weight has also been reduced with lightened components.

Finally, a 1.6-liter dCi with 128 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque rounds out the engine options. This unit features a light, compact design, with a cold-loop, low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system that reduces nitrogen and CO2 emissions. It also has a quicker warm-up phase, which reduces friction losses and fuel consumption. The 1.6-liter diesel will put out 115 g/km and get 64.2 mpg.

Nissan created its new Xtronic automatic gearbox specifically for the Qashqai, and it’s now available on the 1.6-liter diesel engine. According to Nissan, it’s based on the same design as a CVT, but “mimics the behavior of traditional, multi-ratio automatic gearboxes during hard acceleration, with stepped changes. In more gentle driving, the ratios are subtly adjusted to give ultimate smoothness. This means the Xtronic transmission offers the best of both worlds for drivers, with ultra-smooth low-load power delivery and direct performance during higher acceleration driving.”

Type 1.2 Petrol DIG TURBO 1.2 Petrol DIG TURBO 1.6 Petrol 1.5 Diesel 1.6 Diesel
Engine code H5FT H5FT H110 K9K R9M
No. of cylinders, configuration 4, in line 4, in line 4, in line 4, in line 4, in line
Valves per cylinder 4 4 4 2 4
Engine capacity cm³ 1197 1197 1618 1461 1598
Bore x stroke mm 72.2 x 73.1 72.2 x 73.1 79.7×81.1 76 x 80.5 80x79.5
Max. engine power 113 HP @ 4,500 RPM 113 HP @ 5,200 RPM 160 HP @ 5,600 RPM 108 HP @ 4,000 RPM 128 HP @ 4,000 RPM
Max. torque 140 LB-FT @ 2,000 RPM 121 LB-FT @ 1,750 RPM 177 LB-FT @ 2,000-4,000 RPM 191 LB-FT @ 1,750-2,500 RPM 236 LB-FT @ 1,750 RPM
Compression ratio 10.1 10.1 10.5:1 15.5:1 15.4:1
Fuel type Petrol Petrol Petrol Diesel Diesel
Max. speed km/h / mph 185 / 115 173 / 107 182 / 113 190 / 118 183 / 114
Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h sec 10.9 12.9 9.1 9.9 10.5

Prices

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Despite a wide swath of improvements and updates, pricing for the new Qashqai remains more or less the same. An entry-level model with 113 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission will run you roughly $23,252 (at current exchange rates, 4/28/15), with a few extra thousand thrown in for VAT. Of course, you could also opt for the top-range dCi AWD, which will run you $43,670 when it’s finally on the road. Suffice it to say, Nissan offers a variety of trim levels and options to suit several different budgets and needs.

Grade Engine Transmission Basic Price VAT Total Retail On The Road Price
VISIA DIG-T 115 6 manual £15,175.00 £3,035.00 £18,210 £18,265
VISIA dCi 110 6 manual £16,633.33 £3,326.67 £19,960 £20,015
ACENTA DIG-T 115 6 manual £16,495.83 £3,299.17 £19,795 £19,850
ACENTA DIG-T 115 Xtronic transmission £17,620.83 £3,524.17 £21,145 £21,200
ACENTA dCi 110 6 manual £17,954.17 £3,590.83 £21,545 £21,600
n-tec DIG-T 115 6 manual £18,037.50 £3,607.50 £21,645 £21,700
n-tec DIG-T 115 Xtronic transmission £19,162.50 £3,832.50 £22,995 £23,050
n-tec DIG-T 163 6 manual £19,179.17 £3,835.83 £23,015 £23,200
n-tec dCi 110 6 manual £19,495.83 £3,899.17 £23,395 £23,450
n-tec dCi 130 6 manual £20,537.50 £4,107.50 £24,645 £24,700
n-tec dCi 130 Xtronic transmission £21,662.50 £4,332.50 £25,995 £26,050
n-tec dCi 130 6 manual 4x4 £21,954.17 £4,390.83 £26,345 £26,400
n-tec+ DIG-T 115 6 manual £18,495.83 £3,699.17 £22,195 £22,250
n-tec+ DIG-T 115 Xtronic transmission £19,620.83 £3,924.17 £23,545 £23,600
n-tec+ DIG-T 163 6 manual £19,637.50 £3,927.50 £23,565 £23,750
n-tec+ dCi 110 6 manual £19,954.17 £3,990.83 £23,945 £24,000
n-tec+ dCi 130 6 manual £20,995.83 £4,199.17 £25,195 £25,250
n-tec+ dCi 130 Xtronic transmission £22,120.83 £4,424.17 £26,545 £26,600
n-tec+ dCi 130 6 manual 4x4 £22,415.00 £4,483.00 £26,898 £26,950
TEKNA DIG-T 115 6 manual £19,787.50 £3,957.50 £23,745 £23,800
TEKNA DIG-T 115 Xtronic transmission £20,912.50 £4,182.50 £25,095 £25,150
TEKNA DIG-T 163 6 manual £20,929.17 £4,185.83 £25,115 £25,300
TEKNA dCi 110 6 manual £21,245.83 £4,249.17 £25,495 £25,550
TEKNA dCi 130 6 manual £22,287.50 £4,457.50 £26,745 £26,800
TEKNA dCi 130 Xtronic transmission £23,412.50 £4,682.50 £28,095 £28,150
TEKNA dCi 130 6 manual 4x4 £23,704.17 £4,740.83 £28,445 £28,500

Competition

2016 Mazda CX-5

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The CX-5 is a relatively new model, first produced in 2012. It was the first vehicle to promote the new Kodo design language from Mazda, and comes with either a FWD or AWD layout. The compact crossover shares a platform with the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6, making it roughly the same size as the Nissan. Under the hood is a choice of three inline-four cylinder engines, including a 2.0-liter gas unit, a 2.5-liter gas unit, and a 2.2-liter diesel, each sporting the Japanese automaker’s SkyActiv technology for greater efficiency and output. These engines are more powerful than those offered in the Qashqai, but produce much higher emissions and drink fuel at a quicker rate. But if you need a little performance in your crossover, this is the one to get.

Read our full review here.

2014-2016 Kia Sportage

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The Sportage has been with us for quite some time, with the first model offered way back in 1993. Now the CUV is in its third generation, looking quite a bit sharper and more rugged than in years past. A wide variety of engine options are on the table, including four gas units up to 260 horsepower and two highly efficient turbodiesels. Transmission options are a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, and five-speed manual. The car has won several awards, and represents a smart buy in a segment that seems to get more crowded with each passing cycle.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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The Qashqai is offered all over the world (here in the U.S. it has morphed into the broadly similar Nissan Rogue), and as such, it must retain its wide-ranging appeal. Part of that is seen in the flexible platform, with Nissan using the new CMF (Common Module Family) platform shared with Renault, thus increasing engineering efficiency and decreasing overall sticker price. It’s also designed in Japan and Central Europe and assembled in the UK.

The result is a small SUV that makes great strides towards meeting the needs of a lot of people. Most folks spring for a crossover because they want it all: efficiency, practicality, refinement and ease-of-use, and this new generation from Nissan seems to meet those standards once again in a fresh new package.
Once again, I’m not blown away by the vehicle’s performance, but that’s entirely forgivable in a crossover like this. And while you could get something cheaper, you’d probably end up regretting it, given the Qashqai’s level of specification and sophistication.

  • Leave it
    • * Very crowded segment
    • * Meh performance
    • * Cheaper options available

Press Release

Nissan’s Qashqai is long established as the leader in the crossover market, with more than 2.0 million produced since 2007. It appeals to both C-segment drivers looking for additional style, technology and excitement as well as downsizing buyers seeking greater efficiency. The all-new Qashqai is set to enhance Nissan’s crossover leadership position when it goes on sale in selected global markets from January 2014.

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Premium technology, second generation crossover design and enhanced dynamics all combine to form the backbone of the new Nissan Qashqai.

The striking new Qashqai is 47mm longer than the current model and fractionally lower and wider, giving it a sleek, poised stance while maintaining the crossover style, compact dimensions and raised driving position. Distinctive features - including a clamshell-style bonnet - lend a premium appearance while retaining the Qashqai’s strong visual DNA.

As with any new Nissan, the Qashqai is packed full of innovative technology. It offers drivers a comprehensive suite of advanced technology features enhancing every aspect of driving. Nissan’s

Safety Shield technologies now incorporate Forward Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert and Traffic Sign Recognition along with several other vital driver aids, while Intelligent Park Assist takes the stress out of urban manoeuvres. The new Qashqai is designed to make premium technology more accessible than ever.

The innovation continues with the new Qashqai’s powertrain range, which is wider and more efficient than ever. Every engine uses a turbocharger to reduce capacity, emissions and fuel consumption while maintaining excellent performance with class-leading CO2 emissions - from only 99g/km. Efficiency is further enhanced by an extensive mass reduction programme, resulting in 40kg weight loss on some models despite the extensive addition of new equipment.

While front-wheel-drive variants will account for the majority of sales in most markets, four-wheeldrive ALL-MODE 4x4-i versions will also be available to match a choice of six-speed manual or all-new Xtronic transmissions.

Inside, a dramatic rise in material and design quality adds significant interior appeal to the Qashqai package. Versatility also remains a core crossover attribute; Nissan’s engineers have devised innovative ways to make the new Qashqai fit into drivers’ lives. Delivering greater occupant space and a larger luggage capacity enhanced by a variable floor system, the new Qashqai even offers space to store the parcel shelf when not in use.

The new Qashqai is based on the new CMF (Common Module Family) Renault-Nissan Alliance platform, bringing outstanding engineering efficiencies to the consumer.

Designed and engineered in Europe, for Europe, the new Qashqai has been created by Nissan’s experts at Nissan Design Europe (London, UK) and Nissan Technical Centre Europe (Cranfield, UK and Barcelona, Spain), and it will be built in Sunderland, UK. Extensive input has also come from Nissan’s designers and engineers in Atsugi, Japan.

ENGINES AND TRANSMISSIONS

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Combining conventional passenger car efficiency with the sense of adventure of an SUV has always been a key part of the appeal of crossovers. A range of supremely efficient and refined petrol and diesel engines allows the new Qashqai to exceed the expectations of drivers no matter which powertrain is chosen.

The line-up consists of four engines: two petrol and two diesel, with the option of two- or four-wheel-drive. Customers can also choose between manual and all-new Xtronic automatic transmissions.

Petrol

1.2 DIG-T 115PS (85kW)

Nissan believes that advanced technology should be available to all customers. The 1.2-litre DIG-T is an Alliance-developed engine tuned specifically by Nissan for the new Qashqai.

Driving through a six-speed manual transmission, this advanced turbocharged engine delivers 115PS (85kW) and generates 190Nm of torque. Despite its modest size, the 1.2-litre engine packs a real punch, offering sharper acceleration and greater flexibility than the outgoing 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine.

Its lower weight and more fuel-efficient operation also means that the entry-level petrol Qashqai is considerably cleaner and more economical than the model it replaces. The 1.2 DIG-T engine emits 129g/km of CO2 (15g/km less than the outgoing 1.6-litre petrol unit), and has a fuel consumption figure of 50.4mpg .

Like all engines in the new Qashqai range, the 1.2 DIG-T is equipped with Start/Stop ignition as standard, and benefits from a raft of fuel-saving technologies, including a regenerative alternator, optimised gear ratios and special low-viscosity oils.

1.6 DIG-T 150PS (110kW)

Set to join the Qashqai range in the autumn of 2014, the most powerful petrol engine will be the 1.6 DIG-T engine, combining sharp performance with low emissions and remarkable fuel efficiency.

Tuned specifically for the Qashqai, this acclaimed engine features advanced turbocharging technology and a raft of additional features designed to maximise performance and economy.

With 240Nm of torque on offer, the 1.6 DIG-T delivers impressive low and mid-range pull, with excellent in-gear flexibility. Yet despite its strong performance, the range-topping petrol option retains impressive efficiency. Fuel consumption is 50.4mpg on the EU combined cycle, while CO2 emissions are 132g/km.

Diesel

1.5 dCi 110PS (81kW)

The latest evolution of the award-winning direct injection diesel engine is the cleanest and most fuel-efficient engine ever offered in a Qashqai with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km. Shared with Nissan’s Alliance Partner Renault, the sixth-generation 1.5-litre dCi unit is smoother, more efficient and more refined than the outgoing engine. Thanks to a substantial re-engineering programme, the 1.5-litre dCi engine offers greater in-gear flexibility thanks to a 20Nm increase in torque.

Major changes to the engine’s internals have also resulted in quieter operation and a reduction in vibration. Removal of the upper torque rod mount has eliminated a potential noise path from the engine to the cabin, while the overall weight of the unit has been reduced with new lightweight components.

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The engine also features Nissan’s automatic Start/Stop system, with highly efficient smart management technology that ensures the engine restarts within 0.5 seconds of the clutch being engaged. Reduced combustion noise further enhances the unit’s overall refinement.

In terms of fuel consumption, the 1.5 dCi sets new standards in the crossover sector with an EU combined figure of just 74.3mpg.

1.6 dCi 130PS (96kW)

Positioned at the top of the Qashqai’s diesel range, the 1.6 dCi is offered with the option of two and four-wheel-drive. Jointly developed with Alliance partner Renault, this 130PS (96kW) unit is one of the most advanced diesel powerplants in its sector, with a number of technical innovations designed to maximise fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions.

Introduced on the current Qashqai, the 1.6 dCi engine is light, compact and strikes the perfect balance between strong performance and exceptional economy. Among the unit’s many innovations is a cold-loop, low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system. By recycling the exhaust gas at a lower temperature, emissions of nitrogen oxides and CO2 are reduced.

Thermal management of the 1.6 dCi is also much more efficient with a reduced warm-up phase, reducing friction losses and fuel consumption.

In two-wheel-drive manual form, the 1.6 dCi has CO2 emissions of 115g/km and an EU combined fuel consumption figure of 64.2mpg. The Xtronic version emits 119g/km and returns 61.4mpg, while the four-wheel-drive manual version enjoys figures of 129g/km and 57.6mpg.

New Xtronic transmission

Developed specifically for the second-generation Qashqai, the new Xtronic transmission is available with the 1.6 dCi engine.

This highly advanced transmission is based on the principle of a constantly variable transmission, but has been engineered to deliver a smoother, more natural driving experience. Unlike conventional variable transmissions, the Qashqai’s Xtronic gearbox mimics the behaviour of traditional, multi-ratio automatic gearboxes during hard acceleration, with stepped changes. In more gentle driving, the ratios are subtly adjusted to give ultimate smoothness. This means the Xtronic transmission offers the best of both worlds for drivers, with ultra-smooth low-load power delivery and direct performance during higher acceleration driving.

DESIGN

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The second-generation Qashqai sets a new benchmark for crossover design. Having defined the original crossover template in 2007, Nissan is taking the sector to a new level thanks to bold design, highly advanced engineering, intelligent technology and remarkable attention to detail.

New from the ground up, the new Qashqai is much more than just a rework of its ground-breaking predecessor. The second-generation model is 20mm wider, 47mm longer and 15mm lower than the current car. Yet despite this reduction in height, front and rear headroom levels have actually increased by 10mm and the raised driving position remains.

The new Qashqai features a striking new look with powerful curves, clean lines and intricate details including the option of 19-inch alloy wheels. Through bold new elements such as the raised bonnet line and muscular wheelarches, the new Qashqai conveys a feeling of dynamic strength.

All-LED headlamps

The Qashqai’s front end incorporates some of the most advanced technology ever offered in the crossover sector. All models feature LED daytime running lights, certain versions are equipped with even more sophisticated technology, with full LED power for both dip and main beam. In keeping with Nissan’s passion for delivering usable technology, the use of LED instead of Xenon is more than just a gimmick. The Qashqai’s LED headlamps produce a whiter, crisper light, not only using 50 per cent less power than Xenon bulbs, but also producing light closer in colour to sunlight resulting in better visibility at night. The lights also display Nissan’s unique LED lighting signature that sweeps up dramatically from the centre of the car.

Concealed technology

Integrating advanced technology can often prove a challenge for designers, but not so for the team responsible for the new Qashqai. By working closely with engineers, they were able to incorporate
new technology without compromising the car’s bold design. For example, while most manufacturers are content to incorporate their radar systems into ugly assemblies mounted in the bumper or front grille openings, Nissan has been able to relocate the Qashqai’s radar behind the bumper facia to give the car a smoother look.

Advanced aerodynamics with active elements

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Nissan has always believed that form must match function, and this thinking has been taken to a new level with the second-generation Qashqai. Take, for example, the car’s aerodynamic profile. Not only does the new Qashqai deliver a dynamic and bold new look, it also cuts through the air with greater efficiency than ever before thanks to a drag co-efficient of 0.32. In creating the new Qashqai, the design and engineering teams studied every surface and detail. From the elements on show (such as the roof spoiler with winglets) to those hidden away (like the unique flat floor design), the Qashqai features some of the most advanced aerodynamic features to appear on a family car. The result is reduced drag, lower CO2 emissions, improved fuel consumption and greater stability at speed.

Another innovation making its debut on the Qashqai is an Active Grille Shutter system. This intelligent technology maximises the Qashqai’s aerodynamic efficiency by closing off airflow through the radiator when not needed. The grille shutter automatically shuts at speeds over 30kph and only opens if sensors detect that the engine needs cooling. The system will be fitted as standard on diesel-engined models with manual transmissions.

Interior - reinventing the way families travel

Comfort, connectivity and control: three of the core elements that underpin the design and layout of the new Qashqai’s cabin. Like the rest of the car, the Qashqai’s interior combines innovative technologies with common sense solutions to everyday challenges. With more experience in the crossover sector than any other marque, Nissan is in a unique position to set new practicality benchmarks for the next generation of crossover.

In creating new Qashqai’s cabin, Nissan’s design and engineering teams wanted to put the driver at the heart of the action. The car’s numerous comfort, convenience and safety systems have been analysed and redesigned to give the driver easy access to all key controls. Thanks to an intuitive single interface, drivers are able to perfectly tailor the Qashqai’s functions to their needs - from switching on three-flash indicators to adjusting how early the auto headlights switch on. Each menu and display is accurately and logically shown to the driver on the new meter display located between the analogue speedometer and tachometer and controlled by steering wheel mounted switches.

Even greater practicality

Versatility is another area where the new Qashqai excels. No area of the car’s interior was overlooked in the pursuit of increased flexibility and better practicality. The boot, for example, has a luggage capacity of 430 litres with the rear seats in position - an improvement of 20 litres over the outgoing Qashqai. This puts the new Qashqai even further ahead of its C-segment rivals - with the likes of the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf offering significantly less luggage space.

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Passengers also enjoy more space in the new Qashqai, with improved head and leg room. The overall increase in width has allowed for greater shoulder room, while a full redesign of the door apertures means that getting in and out is easier than ever before.

Load space flexibility has also been improved with a tailgate that now opens 150mm higher and includes a dual-floor system designed to provide a flexible and versatile load space. The two reversible floor panels can easily be raised or lowered providing 16 possible configurations to either maximise luggage volume or provide a full flat floor with rear seats folded. Additionally the rear board easily slots into a vertical position providing an ideal sized space for carrying shopping bags. Furthermore the load cover fits neatly under the luggage floor allowing bulky items to be loaded. The luggage boards feature a wipe-clean surface on one side and soft carpet on the other, so muddy boots can be transported without fear of damaging the textile surfaces.

All-new seats - using science to minimise fatigue

A great cabin starts with great seats, and Nissan has worked hard to ensure that the second-generation Qashqai is even more comfortable for passengers. During the design stage, engineers used advanced medical scanning techniques and were inspired by NASA to analyse pressure and blood flow in the lower back of seated passengers. By redesigning elements and improving support in key areas, they were able to create a seat that offered even support. The highly advanced new Qashqai seat offers special support thanks to additional bolsters in the pelvis, lumbar and chest areas. The result is a seat that delivers long-distance comfort.

Taking attention to detail to a new level

Like any new Nissan, the Qashqai features numerous elements that will have passengers wondering, ‘why has nobody else thought of this?’ Take, for example, the centre console. Although having a USB port in the central box is nothing new, Nissan has created a channel for the wire - allowing passengers to operate their device outside the box without having to force the lid shut. Another example of Nissan’s common sense approach to design can be found on the cupholders. By making the cavities extra deep, bottles can be accommodated without getting in the way of the driver’s arm when changing gear. The use of an electronic parking brake also frees up valuable cabin space.

2015 - 2018 Nissan Qashqai Exterior
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Passengers in the new Qashqai also benefit from a new ambient cabin lighting system, featuring a subtle orange mood light around the gearlever. Designed to give the cabin a premium look and feel when travelling at night, the lighting system is fully controllable by the driver and can easily be turned up, down or off altogether.

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