Second- Generation Nissan Qashqai Getting Ready
And it is now time for the second-generation Nissan Qashaqi. In 2007, when it was first revealed, the Nissan Qashqai re-invented the compact crossover class, which was a huge success. If reports are to be believed over 160,000 vehicles including the Qashqai+2 have been sold in the UK. The second-generation Nissan Qashqai will be coming with more styling tweaks and superior quality, mainly to compete with its major rivals such as the Kia Sportage, Skoda Yeti and Peugeot 3008, and also the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.
“The dimensions are pretty much fixed, so we’ll have to differentiate the new car in the details,” said Nissan’s executive vice-president, Andy Palmer. However, the 4,330mm length of the existing car will remain virtually unchanged, but inside, some extra features would be added. If you remember the Hi-Cross concept car, shown at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, you will not be surprised seeing this new model as the major inspiration of the new design has been bagged from that concept. Elements of the Hi-Cross in the angular shoulder line that runs along the side of the new Qashqai over the front wheelarch and into the bonnet can be seen in this second-generation Qashaqi. The headlights are narrow and provide the vehicle a modern look while a well-known roof spoiler and chrome surrounds for the exhaust give it a sportier rear.
The current version of Nissan Qashaqi features a 1.6-litre engine and the second-generation will be powered by a new 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine making 113bhp and 190Nm of torque.
“Nissan has a scale for measuring overall quality and fit and finish of its cars. The new Qashqai is the first model to score a six,” Palmer said.
“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,” he added. The new model is expected to go on sale in 2014.
via Auto Express