Tuesday 24 April 2018

Nissan revise evergreen Qashqai - due here this month - with latest X-Trail update now expected from January

First look: Nissan Qashqai

Face-lift: Nissan Qashqai.
Face-lift: Nissan Qashqai.

Cathal Doyle

As the company that pretty much created the crossover segment with the Qashqai in 2008 (nearly 50,000 bought here since), Nissan has no intention of relinquishing its grip.

So now we get a face-lifted version of the second generation model. It goes on sale this month. A new X-Trail with many similar updates arrives in early 2018.

The latest Qashqai looks quite different, with a new front face based on Nissan's 'V-motion' grille, new bumpers and headlights. The rear also gets LED lights and revised bumpers.

Inside there are higher-quality, more tactile materials, while the seats are more comfortable. There's an improved infotainment system, with the possibility of an 8-speaker BOSE sound system specifically engineered for the car.

A major objective was to cut noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) by using more sound insulation material inside the front doors, behind the rear wheel arches and thicker glass on the rear door.

Ride and handling have also been tweaked. The steering has less vibration thanks to a new dynamic damper and there's a new technology called Active Return Control that returns the steering to centre more naturally.

Among safety elements now are Rear Cross Traffic Alert, while Intelligent Emergency Braking has Pedestrian Recognition. Also new is Stand Still Assist (SSA), which supplements Hill Start Assist (HSA) on cars with a manual transmission.

A new technology from early next year will be the first stage of autonomous driving. ProPILOT will control the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on motorways during heavy traffic congestion and high-speed cruising.

Engines are carried over, the only change being to the 1.6-litre diesel, which is quieter thanks to powertrain calibration improvements. You can choose from 1.2 litre petrols (2WD) or 1.5 and 1.6 litre diesels in 2WD or 4WD.

Trim levels are as before albeit with broader standard equipment. Entry level XE now has LED daytime running lights. SV adds shark-fin antenna and privacy glass, new seat and door trims and new 17in alloys.

SV Premium includes semi-leather seats, hologram-style front badge and the option of Bi-LED headlights, while range-topping SVE now comes with those Bi-LED lights as standard, black Nappa leather seats, lots of silver finish parts and the option of the BOSE sound system.

All that extra equipment comes at a cost, so expect to pay between €700 to €2,000 more than the outgoing car depending on spec.

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