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Nissan Dripfeeding the New Qashqai

By raccars Published

In 2007, the Nissan Qashqai launched a stealth attack on the automotive industry. It came from nowhere to turn traditional market sector definitions on their heads and was so successful, that it revolutionised model line ups from all the major manufacturers. Nissan didn't invent the crossover, but thanks to the Qashqai, every brand now has to have one in its range.

For a car of its age, the Qashqai still looks pretty fresh on the surface. However, look a little closer and its age is showing. The Qashqai is very much due for an update and it's a venture Nissan is taking very seriously. With the updated model due to be revealed on 7th November, in the meantime, the company has been teasing us with details.

This week Nissan has produced a teaser picture, with a tagline promising big things from the new Qashqai. Apparently, we can expect more crossover boundary melding. Nissan is very aware what it has in the Qashqai, arguably the most important and certainly the best selling model in its range. As a result, the redesign has been a major project.

Along with cosmetic refreshments, what the Qashqai will really benefit from is an injection of modern technology. The current model lags behind the competition in terms of driver assistance systems and comfort and convenience features. Nissan has promised huge improvements to the car's aerodynamics and the most up to date in infotainment systems.

Showing a vague silhouette shrouded by a sheet, the new teaser picture gives little away. What can be seen is reminiscent of the new Nissan X-Trail, with a chunky front end and prominent headlight cluster. A robust wheel arch form has been highlighted, along with a smartly sloping roof-line and a prominent lateral crease.

In addition to its design language, the new Qashqai will be sharing a platform with the new X-Trail, and both cars will be built at the company's flagship Sunderland factory. The Qashqai is due to reach showrooms early next year, followed by the X-Trail in the summer. The Qashqai+2 is being phased out, with customers who need more space redirected to the X-Trail instead.

Nissan has yet to confirm an engine line up, but it would be reasonable to expect a 1.2 litre petrol model and a 1.6 litre diesel unit in the initial offering. All electric and hot Nismo versions are likely to join the gang further down the line.

Also unknown at this point is a pricing strategy, but the current model's sub-£20,000 seems a good place to start.

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