The second-generation Nissan Qashqai has finally made its debut in SA.
This all-new model arrives in SA with three engine and two trim line options.
On the outside it’s longer, wider, lower and lighter than the model it replaces.
Surprisingly, only one petrol powertrain is available. It’s a humble 1,2-litre mill, but it has been turbocharged to produce 85kW and 190Nm of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
This particular model is available in Visia and Acenta trim levels and in front-wheel drive only. Nissan claims a combined fuel consumption figure of just 6,2 l/100km on the combined cycle.
The 1,5-litre dCi turbocharged diesel is more familiar to the SA consumer. Power output stays the same at 81kW/260Nm, but the fuel consumption has been improved to a highly impressive 4,2 l/100km on the combined cycle.
This model is only available with a six-speed manual and in front-wheel drive guise.
Topping the range are two more diesel models – 1.6dCi Acenta Xtronic CVT and 1.6dCi Acenta AWD. Powered by a new-generation 1.6-litre common rail turbocharged diesel engine, mated to either Nissan’s Xtronic CVT or a six-speed manual gearbox with ALL MODE 4×4-i, these derivatives also carry heightened specification levels to match their superior engine characteristics. Power output is 96kW and 320Nm of torque. Both diesel engines require 50 ppm diesel or better and feature start/stop technology.
The range starts with the 1.2T Visia manual, which includes standard feature highlights like LED daytime running lights, electrically-adjustable door mirrors, Charcoal cloth trim, 16-inch wheels, a 5-inch full-colour HD Drive-Assist Display which includes several information readouts as well as access to customisable vehicle settings, remote central locking, a fully-compatible audio system with four speakers, a multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth cellphone connectivity, cruise control, two cup holders, four bottle holders and manual air conditioning. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are available as an option.
The new 1.2T Acenta and 1.5dCi Acenta derivatives ramp up the features list considerably with the addition of 17-inch alloy wheels as standard, along with automatic lights and wipers, front fog lights, electric folding door mirrors, a leather steering wheel and gear lever, Graphite cloth trim, an electric anti-dazzle rear view mirror, six speakers, dual-zone climate control, driver and passenger seatback pockets, and an extra two cup holders.
The two range-topping 1.6dCi Acenta models pull out all the stops in terms of features. Standard equipment increases to include 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with auto levelling, silver roof rails, privacy glass, chrome-accented front fog lights and an intelligent key with keyless entry and push-button starting. The all-wheel drive derivative also features ALL MODE 4x4i, Nissan’s intelligent all-wheel drive system. The TECHNO PACK is also available as an option on these models along with heated leather upholstery.
All new Nissan QASHQAI models carry Nissan’s new class-leading 6-year/ 150 000 km warranty and a 5-year/ 90 000 km service plan which includes roadside assistance as standard.
Prices start at R281 900 for the entry-level 1,2T Visia, up to R410 500 for the QASHQAI 1.6 dCi AWD with navigation and leather seats.