New Nissan Qashqai Coming in 2014
If Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s that making a sequel is pretty much the hardest thing you could ever try. Nissan’s aim with the second generation is to create a more upscale vehicle to challenge the Kia Sportage, Skoda Yeti and Peugeot 3008, and even more premium vehicles such as the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, according to Auto Express.
Of course, none of these cars sell better than the Qashqai, so that means that Nissan wants to make more money. But with over a million examples sold already, they can probably afford to make a move to the premium side because the market image is there.
The styling will of course be improved, since this has always been the Qashqai’s Achilles’ hell. The production car will borrow heavily from the Hi-Cross Concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show.
“Everybody loves the Qashqai’s exterior, but perceived quality on the inside lets it down. Rather than bring the new car up to German quality levels, we want to surpass them,” executive VP of Nissan, Andy Palmer told the aforementioned publication.
The new Qashqai will arrive in 2014, but a concept version will be on show in Geneva next year. The powertrain lineup is going to be completely upgraded, with a new 1.2-liter turbo replacing the base 1.6-liter.