The Qashqai is Nissan’s best selling SUV in the whole of Europe with over 3million units sold making it an important vehicle for the Japanese automaker. With the company being in dire straits these days, there’s a lot riding on the third generation of the compact crossover to help the company turn its fortunes around. Although some were seen in Nigeria, this latest model is even more appealing than before. We don’t know if it will ever get to this parts but lets just see what makes the Qashqai better allround.
Compared to the outgoing model, the new third-generation Qashqai is more muscular and modern looking, with prominent shoulder lines. It features a larger V-Motion grille finished in chrome, and new optional 20-inch diamond-cut wheels. A single character line adorns the profile stretching from the front to the rear. The wheelbase has increased by 0.7 inches, while the overall length has increased by 1.3 inches. The new Qashqai is also 0.9 inches taller and 1.2 inches wider, giving the crossover more presence. Highlighting the jump in size is an optional 20-inch wheel set making its debut on the Qashqai. Full-LED matrix headlights also represent a premiere for the compact crossover.
Stepping into the interior is a breath of fresh air as the Qasqai comes loaded. It features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It also comes with a wireless pad with fast-charging for smartphones and 10.8-inch head-up display. Nissan claims is the biggest in the segment. The new Qashqai feels more spacious at the front, and that is no coincidence, as Nissan has improved the shoulder- and knee room. The Qashqai features the ProPilot semi-autonomous driving function, in addition to a whole bunch of safety gear. These safety features are available only for models equipped with the Xtronic CVT.
Under the hood, the new Qashqai is powered by a mild-hybrid 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. This engine produces 138 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. A marginally more powerful variant is also available with 156 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. Alternatively, Nissan offers an Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) available with 2WD or 4WD. A self-charging hybrid that combines a 1.5-liter petrol engine, which acts as a generator, with an electric motor, a power generator and an inverter, with a total output of 187 hp is also available.