THE BEST GETS BETTER
Following its recent update with a sophisticated new look, greater refinement, more standard equipment and the launch of a low emission Pure Drive version, the Nissan Qashqai range is even better equipped to strengthen its position as the class-leading, pioneering alternative to the traditional hatchback.
"The Qashqai has been a huge success for us and three years after launch, demand is still outstripping supply. We could have left things as they are and continued to enjoy record sales... but we haven't. A raft of small but significant changes means Qashqai and Qashqai+2 can continue their reign at the top of the market sector, not least the addition of Stop start system technology on the 1.6 petrol engine, to further reduce consumption and emissions." Simon Thomas, Nissan's European Vice President for Sales and Marketing.
At a glance
NEW STOP START SYSTEM AVAILABLE ON 1.6 PETROL VERSION
Following its recent updates, intended to keep it at the top of buyers' shopping lists in the mid-size hatchback segment, the Qashqai will add another innovation to its armory with the addition of new stop start system technology on the 1.6-litre petrol engine.
The stop start system will turn the engine off when the Qashqai is stopped, the gearlever is in neutral, the clutch is released, vehicle speed is below 2km/h, the driver's seatbelt is attached and their door is closed. Typical circumstances where this could be envisaged are when the car is stopped at a red light, or waiting for a level crossing.
The engine will then automatically re-start when the clutch is depressed, if the vehicle speed exceeds 2km/h, if the windscreen/rear screen de-mister is activated or if the battery voltage becomes too low. And the engine will not re-start if the driver's seatbelt is unattached or their door is open.
Furthermore, the Qashqai's driver computer also features an information section relating to the stop start system system. The driver computer records an estimate of the amount of Co2 that has been saved and how long the engine has been stopped during the Qashqai's current journey, as well as a running total of CO2 saved and engine stopped time for its life so far on the road.
The fitment of stop start system has reduced the CO2 of the 1.6 petrol Qashqai from 144g/km to 139g/km and on the combined cycle, fuel consumption has dropped to 6.2l/100km from 5.9l/100km.
Meanwhile, the 1.5 dCi engine has been updated, now producing 110PS. It is also now equipped with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) as standard, The 2.0 dCi engine has seen its CO2 levels drop from 167 to 155g/km (2wd manual) 177g/km to 159g/km (4wd manual) and 191 to 184g/km (4wd automatic).
Customers will now be able to choose from a new colour in the Qashqai palette. Called New Grey, it's a shade which is already available on Juke and GT-R.
A new special version Qashqai has been created to underline its credentials as a premium compact crossover. Based on the mid-grade Acenta version, it boasts the addition of a glassroof, roof rails, privacy glass, aluminium pedals and new black dual tone 18" alloy wheels.
In terms of equipment, the new special version is available with upgraded Nissan Connect and a rear view camera, while the Premium Pack option adds chrome finishers to the fog lamps, side bar and door handles, as well as kick plates and a rear tailgate finisher. Inside, black carpets are added.
The upgrades to Nissan Connect include pre-loaded speed camera location information, the addition of an auto quick scroll feature for the iPod, USB and phone book modes. And now, Nissan Connect uses average speed information based on previous journeys to give more precise arrival at destination estimates.
The audio listening experience has been enhanced thanks to a new, advanced Arkamis algorithim which is designed to give a clearer sound reproduction and also to give a ‘live' feeling to the audio delivery.
Since its launch in March 2007, the Nissan Qashqai has redefined Europe's mid-size hatchback market. Designed and built in Europe, Qashqai - the original Crossover - adopted a genuinely fresh approach to a traditional, conservative sector of the market... and Nissan's bold stance has been a resounding success.
In three years, sales of Qashqai and its seven-seat sister Qashqai+2 (launched in Autumn 2008) have exceeded 650,000 units, with more than 80 per cent of sales going to first time Nissan buyers. The longer Qashqai+2 arrived in the autumn of 2008 to expand the appeal of the range still further.
And there has been no let up in Qashqai's class-leading sales performance thanks to the arrival of the new look version in 2010. While Qashqai's core Crossover values - the driving dynamics of a sporty hatchback blended with the practicality and solidity of a compact SUV - remained unchanged, a sophisticated new look, enhanced interior quality and greater refinement has broadened its appeal still further.
The major visual change is to the front of Qashqai, with a new bonnet, new wings, new grille and new headlamps. At the rear there are new taillights and a re-profiled tailgate spoiler. The make-over includes new designs of alloy wheels, while fine tuning the car's aerodynamics has seen its Cd figure drop to 0.33: the addition of extensive aerodynamic panels not only smoothes the flow of air under the car but also reduces road noise.