Next Nissan Qashqai to Get Style and Refinement Boost
The new model will be styled at Nissan’s European design studio, in London, says autocar.co.uk, and the engineering work behind it will also be done in the UK, at their technical center, in Cranfield. They will be adopting a VW-esque evolutionary approach to creating the new model, building on its strengths, while ironing out its flaws and improving its overall efficiency.
Also, since the new Qashqai will not be available as a seven-seater +2 variant, the platform will not require additional strengthening, and thus, it will be lighter and more efficient. The role of the +2 will be taken up by a seven-seat version of the upcoming X-Trail, which will be heavily influenced, in terms of styling, by the Hi-Cross concept, shown at the Geneva Motor Show, earlier this year.
As is the trend nowadays, the level of perceived interior quality will also go up, as will the amount of technology it will have. Gadgets will probably become a key selling point, as Nissan will be packing it with sophisticated systems, such as the 360-degree all-round view, Bluetooth, sat-nav and various advanced safety features.
It will borrow many of its engines from Renault, meaning it will benefit from a variety of small-capacity turbocharged units, like the 1.2 TCe, which matches the current naturally-aspirated 1.6 for power, yet it offers more low-down torque, thus making it more pleasant to drive at town speed. When it comes to diesels, it will most likely get Renault’s new 1.6 DCi, which replaces the aging 1.5 DCi, which is available on the current model.