Nissan’s mid-size crossover, the Qashqai, will undergo an extensive update in April of 2010 to cement its position as an alternative to the traditional hatchback. In addition to the introduction of the 2010 model and automatic CVT (continuous variable transmission) in April, the 7-Seater Qashqai+2 will make its debut in the South African market in May.
Introduced in South Africa in August 2007, sales have reached over 5,500 vehicles commanding a strong share position in a competitive segment.
The updates to Qashqai reinforce its position as a stylish crossover which combines the dynamic driving characteristics of a sporty hatchback with the robust, solid virtues of a compact SUV.
The most notable visual change to the Qashqai is at the front, where an enhancing makeover has taken place. All new bonnet, front bumper, distinct new grille and headlamps give the Qashqai an air of premium sophistication, presence and quality.
At the rear, the new rear combi-lamp design with 12 LED stop-tail function, inner reflectors, bright chrome graphic, transparent outer lens and dark chrome bezel finishes ads to the aggressive sporty appeal. In addition to that the new aerodynamic spoiler enhances the body side characteristics and gives a very distinctive appearance in the daytime with the LED lighting offering a unique signature in the urban night.
The 2.0-litre petrol and diesel models are unmistakable on the road thanks to new diamond-cut 18” alloy wheels. These sizeable 10-spoke wheels are not only a stunning design, but lend the Qashqai an air of understated aggression, perfectly filling the sculpted wheel arches and giving the overall vehicle a hunkered-down and purposeful stance.
The Qashqai features an innovative upgraded design to the main display for added clarity and legibility. A redesigned drive computer is positioned between the two dials. The thin film transistor (TFT) shows instantaneous and average fuel consumption, mileage, time, cruise control and speed limiter settings among others, providing the driver with an easy to understand interface with their car. The addition of the footwell illumination provides for a welcoming warm ambience on getting into the car.
Both petrol and diesel, 2.0l models also have cruise control added as standard, for even more relaxed highway cruising.
As well as the refinements and enhancements being introduced to the Qashqai range, Nissan SA is also introducing the even more practical Qashqai+2 to the local lineup that will be available to the public in May. This vehicle sees its dimensions increased to accommodate a third row of seats without losing the distinctive Crossover proportions of the original, and retains the basic mechanical package so customers can still enjoy the agility and adventurous spirit of the Qashqai just with more space – whether for a growing family or even larger and more cumbersome recreational accessories!
Manufactuers suggested retail price including VAT.
1.6l Visia R227,500
1.6l Acenta R248,500
2.0l Acenta R282,500
2.0l Acenta CVT R295,000
2.0l Acenta dCi 4X2 R308,000
2.0l Acenta dCi 4X4 R333,000
QASHQAI+2: Available from late May 2010
1.6l Visia R249,500
2.0l Acenta R303,500
Prices include a 3 year/90,000km service plan and a 3 year/100,000km warranty