NISSAN has unveiled the second-generation version of the Nissan Qashqai, the car that sparked off the big industry trend towards small and medium-sized crossover models back in 2007.
The main draw for business users – an entry-level 1.5-litre diesel version that sneaks in under the 100g/km mark.
The most obvious difference compared with the old car is a crisper body that’s about two inches longer than before, but a little lower and wider, providing a slightly sportier stance.
Inside, Nissan says there’s a “dramatic” rise in material and design quality, and a bit more space for occupants and their luggage. Practical touches such as a variable floor system help as well.
Under the skin, the latest Nissan Qashqai is based on the new CMF (Common Module Family) Renault-Nissan Alliance platform – that means it shares parts and costs with lots of other models, helping to keep prices low.
Most of the engines are familiar from other Nissans and Renaults as well, although some of them haven’t been seen in the Nissan Qashqai before.
There are two petrol engines – a 115 PS version of the 1.2-litre supercharged three-cylinder DIG-T engine already seen in the Micra, and, from late next year, a new four-cylinder 1.6 that uses the fuel-saving DIG-T approach as well. The 1.2 delivers 129g/km of CO2 and 50.4 mpg, while the 1.6 is expected to turn in 132g/km and 50.4mpg.
Diesels are a 99g/km 74.3 mpg 1.5, and a 1.6 that’s good for 115g/km and 64.2 mpg – although those figures suffer if buyers choose the four-wheel drive or CVT automatic transmission options, which are only available in conjunction with that engine.