The Nissan Qashqai is an SUV globally launched by the Japanese automotive giant in 2008. It was a very futuristic and attractive looking car and sold very well too. Now, Nissan has revealed the second-gen, all-new Qashqai which shows lots of new changes compared to the previous model.
The Qashqai now gets styled in Nissan’s new design language which can be seen on the new X-trail as well. It looks sharper and aggressive, while being muscular as well, the front end looks menacing with those aggressively designed bumpers and then, there are the angled headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights which make it look that much more futuristic. The side profile looks stunning as well, with muscular wheel arches and a sloping roofline. The design language is carried to the rear as well with wide tail-lamps; the car looks a little shorter from the rear, thanks to the sloping roofline.
The dimensions of the car too have changed, it is now lower, wider and longer than the previous Qashqai and it gets bigger on the inside too. Nissan claims that, the new Qashqai has improved cabin quality; and increased length of the car means, increased legroom and increased storage capacity as well.
In the Qashqai, one can choose between a 1.2-litre petrol with 115 PS and 190 NM torque and a 1.6-litre petrol with 150 PS and 240 NM torque. The diesel engines available are, the famous 1.5-litre DCi turbo-diesel with 110ps, Nissan has claimed to have worked on this engine and made it more refined and quieter with better power delivery than before, also available is a 1.6-litre DCi turbo-diesel with 130ps. Nissan would offer the car with a manual or an Xtronic automatic transmission. The car will be available in 2WD as well as 4WD guises. This, coupled with the fact that, the new Qashqai would weigh 40kgs lighter than the previous one, means an inevitable increase in efficiency.
Being a premium SUV, Nissan has equipped the Qashqai with excellent safety features such as Front Collision Avoidance, Driver Attention Support, Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Park Assist. The new Qashqai would be launched globally, early next year and it will be launched in India at a later stage. If Nissan gets the pricing right, it is bound to be a huge success in India.
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