Nissan showed off the second generation Qashqai at an event in London on Thursday. Nissan has sold two million Qashqai since its launch and the newcomer seems to repeat the trend. New Qashqai stands lower than outgoing model. It grows slightly in both width and length. The front is more distinctive and the whole design feels Sharp and Bold. Some design features, including the V-shaped grille is taken from the new X-Trail. Nissan Qashqai will be the first in Europe with the group’s new Common Platform Alliance, which will form the basis for 11 Renault models and three Nissan models by 2020.
The interior is upgraded with softer materials which enhance overall quality. The new Qashqai is also equipped with a new infotainment system with navigation, internet connectivity, Nissan safety shield which includes driver alert system, blind-spot assistance, automatic braking system and parking assistance. Nissan promises more interior space and better cargo facility with a new variable loading floor. The trunk volume is 430 liters which is 30 liters more than the previous model. However, it is smaller than few alternatives like Ssangyong Korando(486 liters), Dacia Duster(475 liters) and Volkswagen Tiguan(470 liters). The steering is power electric assisted and can perform in two modes, Normal and Sport. The front suspension is McPherson Strut. The rear wheel is mounted on torsion shaft drive for front-wheel drive and Multi-link system for Four-wheel drive. The body drag coefficient is 0.32.
The new Nissan Qashqai will be equipped with four engine options, two petrol(1.2 liter 116 hp and 1.6 liter 150 hp) and two diesel engines(1.5 liter DCI with 110 hp and 1.6 liter DCI with 130 hp). Manual transmission is standard and the powerful diesel engine is available with Nissan’s continuously variable CVT box called X-tronic. Four-wheel drive is optional on some models. The entry level 1.5 liter DCI diesel delivers a class leading economy of 3.8 liters per 100 kilometers. This results in low CO2 emission of 99 gm per kilometer. The price of new SUV is not announced by the company which will be available at showrooms in February,2014.
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