New Nissan Qashqai officially revealed

New Nissan Qashqai officially revealed

Nissan takes wraps off all-new Qashqai, which boasts a more premium feel, improved efficiency and a sportier silhouette

The second-generation Nissan Qashqai, the model that defined the family crossover segment in its best-selling first-generation, has been officially revealed.

The all-new British-built Qashqai will reach UK showrooms in February armed with a smart new exterior look, more fuel-efficient engines, and, perhaps most significantly, a higher quality, more premium interior.

Despite the significant increase in quality and equipment levels, prices are will start just a few hundred pounds above the current model. Bosses say the range will start at around £17,000, rising to £27,000.

The first-generation Qashqai, built in Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the north east of England, has been the most successful model in Nissan Europe’s history, selling around 1.5m units in Europe since 2007 and 2m units worldwide.

“The first car had to make a real ‘wow’ when people saw it,” said Stewart Callegari, Nissan Europe’s product planning chief. “It needed a big impact, and it has done that. With the second generation, we’ve already made the segment and are the market leader. So rather than make one big wow with the car, we took a more mature approach and made a lot of improvements in small areas to appeal to a wider range of European customers.”

With the new Qashqai, Nissan’s main areas of focus were “enhancing the level of technology and design” and “improving the dynamic performance, while maintaining the package, price and size of the current car”, according to Callegari.

The new Qashqai broadly shares its proportions with its predecessor, growing slightly in length and width, but dropping slightly in height. The new car has a much sportier silhouette, but interior space is improved over the previous model.

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