The facelifted Nissan Qashqai has been shown at the Geneva Motor Show with updated styling and new technology features.
Nissan’s popular Qashqai crossover has been facelifted and the updated model features a number of styling, technology and performance improvements.
The facelifted Qashqai will offer ProPILOT autonomous driving capability, allowing the car to drive itself in stop and go traffic and on the highway. The level of autonomy is expected to be quite straightforward so features such as automatic lane changing won’t be offered just yet.
Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe, commented: “We have put the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision at the heart of our product strategy, guiding the development of every vehicle. The new Nissan Qashqai is proof of that, with enhancements which will continue to define and set new standards in the crossover segment.”
The Qashqai features revised styling with Nissan's new 'V-motion' grille while the 'boomerang' rear light themes now run across the entire lamp housing with a 3D lens effect. Customers can choose from 2 new exterior colours including Vivid Blue and Chestnut Bronze. The Qashqai rides on newly designed 17-, 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels.
The interior has been improved with upgraded materials and a new cabin layout. The top-spec Qashqai Tekna+ derivative features new seats in Nappa leather with 3D quilting on the centre panels. A new D-shaped multifunction steering wheel is fitted with a 4-way controller and satin-chrome inserts.
The NissanConnect infotainment system has also been updated with a new user interface. A 7-speaker BOSE premium sound system will be offered as an option.
Nissan says the Qashqai is now more refined thanks to changes to the suspension, damping and steering systems. Noise in the cabin has also been reduced.
In terms of safety features, the Qashqai features an upgraded Intelligent Emergency Braking system now with Pedestrian Detection. Rear Cross Traffic Alert is also offered on the Qashqai for the first time. Other safety features include Traffic Sign Recognition, Driver Attention Alert, Intelligent Park Assist, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Warning.
Engines and transmissions are likely to carry over from the current range. That means that the 85 kW / 190 Nm 1.2-litre turbopetrol, 81 kW / 260 Nm 1.5-litre turbodiesel and the 120 kW / 240 Nm 1.6-litre turbopetrol engine will remain.
The facelifted Nissan Qashqai will arrive in South Africa later this year and we will keep you updated as more information becomes available, so stay tuned!