All-New Nissan Qashqai Prepares For Middle East Launch
A known name in the crossover segment and one that has sold over three million units since inception, Nissan reinforces its position in the segment by unveiling the all-new third-generation Qashqai.
For this new iteration, Nissan has retained the guiding principles that have driven the concept, design, and development of the two previous generations of Qashqai: a head-turning design matched with efficient powertrains and quality from a significantly higher segment.
“The starting point for the design and development of the all-new Qashqai was a deep analysis of the relationships we’ve had with all of our Qashqai customers over the last 13 years. It has enabled us to understand their needs and, in particular, what they value in the crossover that they use and rely on daily,” said Marco Fioravanti, Vice President, Product Planning, Nissan Automotive Europe.
As with the two previous generations, the design for the all-new Nissan Qashqai came out of Nissan’s European Design Studio in London, United Kingdom.
On the exterior, the Qashqai’s enhanced body stance is more purposeful, with prominent shoulder lines, an extended wheelbase, and imposing 20-inch alloy wheels introduced to Qashqai for the first time. The wheelbase of the car has been increased by 20mm with the overall length increasing by 35mm. There’s a marginal increase in height (25mm) and width has increased by 32mm for an improved presence on the road.
The new Qashqai offers an advanced infotainment system with a broad portfolio of connected services including effortless integration of smartphones, in-car WiFi for up to seven devices, and NissanConnect Services, a dedicated app with which to interact with and monitor the vehicle. The larger, higher-resolution 9-inch NissanConnect display screen is a digital gateway to navigation, entertainment, and vehicle settings, and is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, with wireless Apple CarPlay also introduced.
Supporting Nissan’s goal of achieving 50% electrified sales in Europe by 2024, the new Nissan Qashqai will not only be available with a 1.3 DiG-T petrol equipped with mild hybrid technology, but it also represents the European debut of e-POWER, Nissan’s innovative and award-winning powertrain that draws technologies from the company’s pioneering Nissan LEAF electric vehicle. With both 2WD and 4WD variants, new Xtronic transmissions, and pure-electric motor driving courtesy of e-POWER, the all-new Qashqai’s powertrain options cater for every customer requirement with driving pleasure at the heart of all the powertrain configurations.
“The new Qashqai is going to change what customers can expect from a family car. Comfort, refinement, and technology will be comparable with upper segment vehicles, while the driving experience will satisfy drivers and passengers alike. With Nissan’s bold e-POWER technology, we feel that customers will fall in love with the feeling of an electric powertrain, without the range concerns,” said Gianluca de Ficchy, Chairman, Nissan Africa, Middle East, India, Europe, and Oceania (AMIEO) Region.