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New Nissan Qashqai Revealed in London

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Nissan has revealed the all-new Qashqai in an action-packed event at London’s Three Mills Studios. The second-generation Qashqai has been designed and engineered in Britain, and will again be built here too. With two million already sold, it’s a hit: Nissan says it’s listened to customers to make this one even better…

Britain loves the Nissan Qashqai. Last month, we bought enough models to make it the sixth best selling new car in the country – and that’s despite a replacement being due! That all-new car reaches dealers in January 2014 but RAC Cars has already seen in, during a dramatic reveal in London’s East End.

Nissan top boss Carlos Ghosn was in town for the reveal and promised the new Qashqai will again be a gamechanger, just like the original. It is sleeker, longer, lower, wider and roomier, he said: with its launch, Nissan will once again “be shaking up the cityscape”.

Executive vice president Andy Palmer said the Qashqai had become “the backbone of Nissan Europe. The original model revolutionised Nissan. With this one, I believe we are capable of doing at least the same and probably more”.

Buyers like the Qashqai, he said at the London event, because it offered more than a regular family car, and combined the high seating position and good looks of an SUV without their price of fuel economy.

“We pioneered and have dominated the crossover sector,” said Palmer, ever since the original Qashqai’s 2007 launch.

The firm is thus very confident about the new one, then. Here are 10 reasons why it believe it has a hit on its hands…

1: Nissan has listened to customers

Qashqai buyers love their car but also feel it can be improved. This is why the new model is an evolution of the original, but with greater attention placed on quality and luxury, on-board gadgets and fuel efficiency.

2: It is based on an advanced new platform

The new Nissan Qashqai is the first Nissan in Europe to use the high-tech new Renault-Nissan Alliance ‘CMF’ platform. This means quality is higher, abilities are broader but costs are lower.

3: It is more upmarket in appearance

Nissan has focused hard on giving the Qashqai a more premium look both outside and in. This reflects the broader customer profile it has gained over the years – as their earning power has grown with the car, so they want it to offer more!

4: The new Nissan Qashqai is even more practical inside

The new Qashqai is a bit longer than the original but otherwise not too dimensionally different on the outside. It is appreciably roomier inside though – and more detailed design means it’s easier and more flexible to use, too.

5: NASA helped design the seats

NASA principals on helping maintain blood flow to key parts of the body while in orbit have been used in the seat design of the new Nissan Qashqai. An engineer told us they’re some of the most comfortable he’s ever sat in!

6: It gets free road tax

All new Nissan Qashqai are more fuel efficient. The new 1.2-litre turbo, that replaces the wheezy old 1.6-litre petrol, can do 50mpg – while the 1.5 dCi now averages 74.3mpg and emits 99g/km CO2, giving it free road tax.

7: It is ready for autonomous driving

Nissan has packed the new Qashqai with futuristic driver-alert systems, including the camera-based Safety Shield system that offers a brace of functions. Nissan boss Ghosn says this means the car already has all the building blocks in place to drive itself…

8: The new Nissan Qashqai can be integrated with Google

The new NissanConnect infotainment system has a sat nav that uses Google search and Send To Car functionality. Plan your trip on your laptop in front of the TV, then send it to the car automatically! Nissan will also offer an App Store for the Qashqai.

9: It has an incredibly practical boot

Customers grumbled about the boot on the old Qashqai. They often even painfully hit their head on the boot lid as it didn’t open high enough! Nissan’s fixed this, made the boot itself much more practical and even boosted capacity by 20 litres, to 430 litres.

10: It arrives in dealers in January 2014

The new Nissan Qashqai will hit UK dealers in January 2014, with order books opening soon. No prices have been released yet but the firm says they’ll be similar to today’s model – so, from around £17,000.

RAC Cars Verdict: The new Nissan Qashqai has all the makings of a winner. The current car remains a top-six best seller in the UK, despite the new one being imminent. As it’s safer, roomier, faster, greener and both better looking and more upmarket – yet won’t cost much more – how can it fail?

NOW BUY A USED NISSAN QASHQAI!

The new Nissan Qashqai looks promising but the current model remains great too! And unlike the new one, expected to cost from £17,000, the current-shape one is a bargain, with prices of an RAC Approved secondhand version starting from less than £6000.

At this price, you’ll be looking at a 2007 car, but have a choice of engines: 1.6-litre petrol, 2.0-litre diesel or petrol. The Qashqai was sold with a four-wheel drive option, although most will be front-wheel drive.

Trim lines? Visia was the entry level one but most on the used market are mid-range Acenta. Tekna is the range-topping trim line and rather rare at the lower end.

Many cheaper cars will be higher mileage. That’s no problem, as the Qashqai is well built and well engineered enough to withstand high six-figure mileages, but you’ll need to spend a but more if you want something with lower miles. Less-used 2007 and 2008 cars from Nissan main dealers cost around £8000.

The Nissan Qashqai was facelifted in 2010 and these cars generally cost from around £8500, with the same proviso made about mileage. Here, you are able to pick up a new engine addition, the 1.5 dCi diesel. This motor is the most efficient Qashqai on sale and is a very impressive engine in action. Bank on paying around £10,000 for a 2010 1.5 dCi Acenta – giving you a great family car that’ll last a good few years.

If you want a nearly new Qashqai from a dealer, take your budget up to £15,000. This will give you a very healthy saving over list price but also give you a virtually factory fresh family car that will please all who ride in it. Seek out the Qashqai 360 trim line here, as it’s the best spec and comes with enough gadgets to keep the kids busy for hours…

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