The second generation Nissan Qashqai has shown its face. And it can be expected in South Africa as of next month. It has been a highly successful crossover since its introduction in 2007 having sold 20 000 units from its launch in South Africa alone.
The new Qashqai will arrive as a five-model range, including both petrol and diesel engines and manual and Xtronic CVT transmissions. The Nissan Qashqai 1.2T models will have all-new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engines which will produce 85kW of power and 190Nm of torque. New to Qashqai diesel models will have a 1.5 dCi which hopes to lower running costs with a fuel consumption figure of 4.2l/100km. The top of the range model will be the 1.6 dCi all-wheel drive with All-Mode 4x4i which will boast 96kW of power and 320Nm of torque.
Model-specific highlights will include 19-inch alloy wheels, Around View Monitor (a 360 degree camera), LED daytime running lights on all derivatives and Nissan’s latest infotainment system (NissanConnect) with smartphone capabilities.
The new Qashqai is going to be well suited to South Africans looking for a quality car that mixes SUV qualities inside the compact proportions of a hatchback. We can expect its arrival on 01 July 2014.