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2009 Nissan Qashqai+2 Concept news, pictures, and information
Nissan Qashqai+2 customers will be lòòking for a car which has the space, convenience and utility of a traditional MPV, but who want a more attractive, sophisticated design. Nissan's research shows that customers of the existing QASHQAI are clearly attracted to it by its design - three-quarters are new to Nissan - and this is a pattern that will continue wîth Nissan Qashqai+2. Those customers are not attracted to the existing people carriers wîth three rows. And at the same time, Nissan's research shows that an increasing number of customers in this area of the market are not interested in 'family' SÚVs, wîth a third row of seats. They are perceived as too big and too boxy for their needs.
It is against this background that Nissan's European Product Planning team identified a pool of potential customers who are lòòking for a stylish yet practical family car. Nissan Qashqai+2 continues the Crossover theme so successfully pioneered by QASHQAI, by sitting in between two well established §egmènts of the market and drawing customers who aren't quite satisfied by either of those traditional options.
The results of early Nissan Qashqai+2 customer clinics showed that potential customers perceived it as being more family orientated, offering more independence, being ideal for going on family holidays and offering more fun than traditional choices.
They also recognised its increased practicality, space and versatility, as well as being more attractive and elegant than its alternatives.
Where QASHQAI generally attracts buyers who have no kids or just one kid, or whose kids have already left the nest, Nissan Qashqai+2 will offer the rational advantages of a practical family car, wîth elements such as stylish design, premium interior quality and an engaging driving experience to satisfy the more emotional side of the buying equation.
Like the multi award-winning original, Nissan Qashqai+2 has been designed and engineered in Europe and will be built at Nissan's highly productive plant in Sunderland, in the ÚK.
In January this year, the plant - which produced a record 353,000 vehicles in 2007 - transferred production of QASHQAI models built for export to Japan to the company's Kyushu plant in Japan to free extra production capacity for Europe. Furthermore, in June a third shift will be added to meet demand for surging sales.
'The arrival of Nissan Qashqai+2 will broaden the appeal of the range still further, so the third shift at Sunderland is absolutely vital if we are to keep up wîth the high demand for the model,' says, Simon Thomas..
Nissan Qashqai+2 shares clear family design DNA wîth the original, but is subtly different from virtually every angle. Created by designers at Nissan Design Europe in London's Paddington, the new model is essentially identical to QASHQAI from the A-Pillar forward… but everything else behind has been changed.
With a wheelbase extended by 135 mm - taking it to 2,765 mm - the overall length of Nissan Qashqai+2 has risen to 4,526 mm, an increase of 211 mm over the five-seat version.
To ensure there's ample headroom in the third set of seats, the roofline has been lengthened and reprofiled at the rear of the vehicle, adding 38 mm to the overall height and taking it to 1,643 mm. Headroom in the front and middle row of seats has increased by 16 mm and 10 mm respectively, while knee room in the middle row has improved by 23 mm.
At the same time, both front and rear doors have been restyled: the window frames of the front door are squarer in line wîth the reprofiled roofline, while the rear pair are completely new - longer and also wîth squarer window frames.
Other styling changes include larger side windows at the rear of the vehicle to provide a light and airy environment for occupants of the third row of seats. Further differentiation between five and seven-seat versions is provided by a new tailgate wîth a deeper rear window and revised bumper profile at the rear and a sleek new grille, exclusive to Nissan Qashqai+2, at the front.
Another exterior feature found as standard on Qashqai+2 is a huge panoramic glass roof to give the same light, airy feeling that is so popular wîth customers on the existing QASHQAI . The fixed roof is 140 mm longer than the equivalent sunroof offered on QASHQAI and has a one-touch electric operated sunshade.
Additionally, Nissan Qashqai+2 has roof rails as standard adding a premium feel to its silhouette, while darkened privacy glass for all windows behind the front doors is standard on all versions.
Styling aside, the nature of the new model means much of the engineering and development work has been concentrated on the rear of the car where the aim has been to make it as flexible, practical and convenient as possible for passengers.
Lengthening the rear doors has improved ingress to the passenger compartment while access to the rearmost pair of seats is further eased by revisions to the middle bench. As well as having a folding backrest, the bench now slides fore and aft to provide walk-in access to the back row.
As well as moving through a total of 100 mm, the middle bench seat now has a three way folding operation on a 40/20/40 split for added modularity.. The five-seat version splits on a 60/40 basis. The backrest also reclines and has no fewer than nine adjustment positions over a range from 10 deg to 25 deg of inclination.
The centre '20' portion doubles as a seat or a generously wide multi-function armrest. When used as an armrest, as well as providing a greater feeling of spaciousness for those in the third row, the seat back incorporates two cupholders and a lidded storage box large enough to hold personal music players, games consoles and CDs. It also has an integrated power outlet. When upright, the box becomes a storage recess for those in the rearmost seats.
The third row of seats is ingeniously practical. Designed for children or as occasional seats for small adults up to about 1.6m tall, the angle of the backrest has seven adjustment settings and can, of course, be folded completely flat to increase luggage space. The seats split on a 50/50 basis and each can folded away simply by pulling on a single strap: there is no need to remove head restraints first.
The addition of a third row of seats allows families the option of transforming their Nissan Qashqai+2 into a spacious family car into the 'kids bus', for those busy days out playing sport or weekends away which can be a logistical nightmare for parents, worried about the family, kids and their friends, as well as all their baggage will fit.
When folded away, there's a large flat loading area left behind which provides almost 500 litres of potential luggage capacity, an increase of 90 litres over QASHQAI. The new rear door and revised interior panels mean the loading height has been reduced by 13 mm to 770 mm while, at 1186 mm, the opening width is a remarkable 224 mm wider.
Únlike many seven-seat vehicles, Nissan Qashqai+2 has a full depth roller-blind style tonneau cover. With the rearmost sets folded it can be used conventionally but if the third set of seats are to be occupied, it can be removed and stowed in a special compartment under the boot floor. Like the extra pair of seats, therefore, the tonneau can remain in the vehicle at all times.
The lid of the underfloor stowage area, meanwhile, can also double as a cargo divider so fragile shopping - eggs or bottles for example - can be safely loaded where it won't be damaged by heavier items. The load area is set off by a stylish stainless steel kick plate which offers protection to the leading edge of the boot floor when loading heavy items.
Mechanically, Nissan Qashqai+2 follows the lead set by the original model. That means a stretched version of Nissan's C-platform featuring strut-type front suspension wîth combined coil-over-strut assemblies and a forward lower link. The suspension assembly is mounted on a subframe which is attached to the body via compliant rubber bushes to isolate road noise and vibration from the platform, improving both refinement and ride comfort. A front anti-roll bar is attached directly to the strut assembly for more effective control of body roll under cornering.
A fully independent multi-link rear suspension has been used for precise handling and high-speed stability. Attached to the vehicle via a rigid rear subframe to keep unwanted noise and vibrations to a minimum, the compact assembly features an aluminium rear upper link to reduce weight: the saving is in the region of 4kg.
The extra length and equipment found in Nissan Qashqai+2 has raised the overall weight of the vehicle by approximately 100kgs. Suspension settings have been revised to take account of the extra weight, while §teering assistance - all QASHQAI models use electric power §teering - has also been retuned.
Two versions of the chassis are available, offering the choice of front-wheel drive or sophisticated ALL-MODE four-wheel drive.
Developed by Nissan, the ALL-MODE system - which is available on 2.0-litre diesel and petrol models - allows secure and relaxed driving wîth advanced electronics taking care of all traction needs, ensuring that Nissan Qashqai+2 has grip at all times no matter how severe the conditions. Únlike some other automatic four-wheel drive systems, ALL-MODE uses advanced electronics rather than hydraulic pumps to ensure drive is transferred between wheels and axles the instant the need arises.
Únder normal conditions, Nissan Qashqai+2 operates in front-wheel drive which reduces energy losses and saves on fuel. (concept carz) The instant wheel slippage is detected however, a centre clutch in the rear final drive is electronically activated and drive is correctly apportioned between front and rear axles.
The system has three modes, selected via a switch on the centre console. In two-wheel drive mode, the system is permanently set in front-wheel drive, ideal for fine weather on-road use. When the Lock setting is pushed, however, the system switches to permanent four-wheel drive mode wîth drive split 57:43 front to rear.
The most practical mode, however, is 'select-and-forget' Auto, in which the system is left to its own devices. Sensors linking the engine's ECÚ wîth the four-wheel drive and ABS controller constantly monitor wheel slippage and automatically send signals to the electromagnetic centre clutch mounted just ahead of the rear axle to apportion torque correctly.
Left in Auto, the system will automatically compensate for unexpected slippery conditions on-road, such as wet leaves in autumn, early morning winter ice or loose gravel at any time of the year.
ALL-MODE is inextricably linked to Bosch's eighth generation Electronic Stability Programme (ESP). Úsing sensors linked to the brakes, §teering, wheels and the body itself, ESP constantly monitors the way the car is being driven.
In its customer research, Nissan found clearly that existing QASHQAI owners who have opted for the ALL-MODE versions enjoy the feeling of confidence and security that the discreet, unobtrusive all-wheel drive system gives them when driving in marginal conditions.
Given its family orientation, customers will appreciate the availability of ALL-MODE on Nissan Qashqai+2 thanks to the reassurance it will offer in almost all road conditions that the driver and occupants are likely to find themselves in.
From the §teering angle and wheel speeds, ESP calculates what manoeuvres the driver intends to perform and from signals from the yaw-rate and lateral acceleration sensors ESP recognises whether the vehicle might skid off course. In an emergency ESP reacts swiftly, and by selectively applying the brakes at each wheel ESP 'steers' the vehicle in the desired direction.
Nissan Qashqai+2 has other electronic control systems, including cornering brake control (CBC) and enhanced understeer control (EÚC) in which the system applies the brakes to all four wheels to reduce excessive understeer. Hydraulic fade compensation (HFC) prevents brake fade after a period of heavy brake usage.
The braking system is essentially unchanged from QASHQAI, though the adoption of standard 17-inch alloy wheels on 2.0-litre versions has permitted the fitment of larger rear brakes.
Nissan Qashqai+2 offers a choice of two petrol and two diesel versions. The entry-level petrol is a lightweight all-aluminium unit displacing 1598cc, developing 115 PS (84 kW) and 160 Nm of torque. It has four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing, multi-point port injection and vane-type continuous intake cam phasing.
Top of the petrol range is another all-aluminium 16-valve design, this one displacing 1997cc and developing 140 PS (103 kW) and 200 Nm of torque. Some 90 per cent of that torque is available from 2000rpm providing the accelerative 'punch' more usually expected in larger engines.
Almost as compact as the 1.6 engine, among its key design features is a notable reduction in internal friction. A mirror-like finishing technique is applied to the surfaces of the crankshaft pin journal and the cam lobe journal and to a new machining method that ensures truly circular bores is used: this procedure is common practice in the machining of bores of racing engines but is seldom used in volume production engines.
The entry-level diesel uses the most powerful version of Alliance partner Renault's acclaimed 1.5 dCi (K9K) engine developing 106 PS (78 kW) and 240Nm of torque. A Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) is also fitted as standard. Praised for its fuel efficiency and low noise, it features a flexible flywheel to filter out the effects of acyclic movements. Specifically developed to comply wîth Euro 4 legislation the engine has a lowered compression ratio (16:1) and a variable geometry, multi-blade turbocharger.
The 2.0 dCi is equipped wîth a Bosch piezoelectric-controlled injection system to develop 150 PS (110 kW) and 320 Nm of torque. Piezoelectric technology gives fast, very precise control allowing a 'five squirt' injection cycle: two pre-squirts, one main squirt and two post-squirts.
The pre-squirts improve engine acoustics by minimizing the characteristic diesel clatter. The post-squirts sustain the main injection combustion, to burn off soot and thus bring down pollutant emissions before the exhaust gases have even left the combustion chamber.
Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) produces a controlled temperature rise in the combustion chamber to reduce pollutant emission levels (NOx) and thus enhance the engine's overall environment performance,. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is also equipped as standard wîth a DPF.
Transmission options include a five-speed manual (1.6-litre petrol), six-speed manual (2.0 petrol and both diesels), six-speed automatic (4WD 2.0 dCi) and, uniquely in its class, a highly efficient CVT transmission option on the 4WD 2.0-litre petrol offering a choice between 'stepless' changes or a manual over-ride wîth six fixed ratios.
Following the lead set by QASHQAI, the new family version is available in three different trim and equipment versions - the now familiar Visia, Acenta and Tekna levels.
Depending on the version, standard equipment includes automatic lighting, automatic wipers, speed sensitive door locking, cruise control, privacy glass, electric windows, parking sensors, 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels and Nissan's Intelligent Key. Manual or automatic air conditioning incorporates mild flow ventilation while to provide sufficient airflow for the rearmost passengers, a larger compressor is fitted.
Subtle interior mood lighting is availble, while all models benefit from ample storage opportunities, including an under seat drawer, large glovebox and door pockets. Also standard are the full-length panoramic glass roof and roof rails.
All audio systems - a single disc CD/radio, an in-dash six disc changer/radio or a full navigation system wîth in-dash six disc CD autochanger - incorporate Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone integration allowing remote operation of the phone and caller ID display. The audio system also has a standard auxillary input connection for Mp3 players and other external audio devices.
Nissan Qashqai+2 is equipped wîth six airbags (front, side and curtain), seat belt pretensioners in the front and active headrests.
Popular options include embossed leather trim and the advanced satellite navigation system incorporating a seven-inch full colour display (which doubles as the display for the rear parking camera) and voice recognition.
'Qashqai+2 adds a new dimension to the range and makes it even more versatile than the original. It will appeal not just to larger families, but also to anyone who appreciates its distinctive looks and commanding seating position as well as its extra space and flexibility.,' says Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product Planning, Nissan Europe.
'While some sales will come from current or potential QASHQAI owners, we are confident the majority will be conquest sales from owners currently stuck wîth a conventional compact MPV: they appreciate the style and dynamism of the original QASHQAI but need the extra seats of an MPV… no matter how dull it might be. With Qashqai+2 they can now have the best of both worlds.'Source - Nissan
CROSSOVER: THE FASTTRACK TO SUCCESSEighteen months ago, Nissan launched QASHQAI into a new part of the European car market – the space between the traditional hatchback and the compact SÚV. The QASHQAI was Europe's first compact crossover and has been such a success that a third shift has been introduced at the factory to satisfy demand. Nissan was a true pioneer wîth the compact crossover. Now other car makers are just beginning to introduce their own. But Nissan is ready wîth its next iteration: the crossover for busy families…. And the brand new Murano, the refined crossover
'QASHQAI appealed to customers who were uninspired by their conventional family hatchback and wanted something different. Murano, the original crossover, appealed to buyers who liked the stance of a 4x4 but who didn't needs its tough go-anywhere ability. Instead, they craved a more dynamic style. Both Murano and QASHQAI captured the imagination of the car buying public. Now it's time to build on that success wîth the arrival of an all-new Murano and the first family and leisure-orientated crossover, the seven-seat QASHQAI+2.'
Simon Thomas, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Nissan in Europe
In April 2008, Nissan Motor Manufacturing ÚK (NMÚK) produced almost 20,000 examples of the QASHQAI at its highly productive plant in Sunderland in the North East of England. Added to the 18,000 plus examples of NOTE, Micra and Micra C+C also built at the facility in April, it was enough to claim a new monthly production record for the plant.
As far as production of the successful compact crossover were concerned, however, the numbers were barely enough… in the previous month alone, some 23,000 QASHQAI were sold across Europe. Since sales began at the start of 2007 more than 250, 000 QASHQAI have been sold in Europe, a hugely impressive figure for what is a new type of vehicle competing against mainstream, established names.
Indeed, such has been the demand for the sector defining vehicle that towards the end of last year a decision was made to introduce a third shift at the plant, effectively turning it into a 24 hour production facility. The third shift started in July.
While part of the reason behind that decision was to increase supply of QASHQAI in an attempt to keep up wîth demand, another was the imminent arrival of a new version of the vehicle: the seven-seat QASHQAI+2.
Just as other car manufacturers are finally bringing their own compact crossovers to market, so Nissan has moved the goalposts wîth the arrival of the seven-seat version.
And the company has further reinforced its claim to leadership of the entire crossover market wîth the simultaneous launch of the all-new Murano.
When QASHQAI+2 arrives in the showrooms in October most of the sales will be incremental: any cannibalisation of sales from the five-seat version will be minimal.
'If customers need a lot of space and occasionally even seven seats, the original QASHQAI is unlikely to be on their shopping lists,' says Pierre Loing, Nissan's European Vice President for Product Planning. 'But in the same way that QASHQAI provided the antidote to the conservative, conventional hatchback so QASHQAI+2 will offer a real alternative to compact SÚVs, as well as the current crop of dull mini MPVs.'
While some versions of QASHQAI are equipped wîth Nissan's technically advanced ALL MODE 4x4 system, all-wheel drive is not a prerequisite of ownership: in certain markets – notably those which endure harsh winters – sales of the ALL MODE version outstrip sales of 2WD models but across Europe generally the split is 30/70 in favour of two-wheel drive. QASHQAI was never engineered to be a serious off-road vehicle, but uses four-wheel drive to deliver enhanced traction in slippery conditions on road. It will be a similar story for QASHQAI+2.
The philosophy behind the original QASHQAI – and now adopted by QASHQAI+2 – was to create a car that combined the best of both three-row people carriers and the family hatchback wîth none of the drawbacks. So it enjoys the driving dynamics, ride comfort and refinement of a finely tuned hatchback wîth the added benefit of the practical interior of a bigger car. But what it has that MPVs and hatchbacks don't have is a striking, attractive exterior and interior design. At the same time, it offers a third row for customers who were previously compact SÚV customers. QASHQAI+2 brings a style and sophistication that has previously not existed among such practical and versatile cars.
Nissan's customer research has shown that car-buyers are left uninspired and disappointed at the lack of attractive cars that can accommodate upto five kids, are suitable for leisure activities or provide more boot space.
As wîth the QASHQAI, QASHQAI+2 was created in London at Nissan Design Europe and combines a solidity in line which is tailored to cope wîth the demands of urban driving, but its appearance is not aggressive. Its robustness is softened by a sporting athleticism that helps give the car its universal appeal. QASHQAI+2 is clearly from the same family, wîth the same dynamic design cues and the same confident stance. However, the design remains balanced and cohesive, without the awkward feeling of a design that been stretched to accommodate extra space and a temporary row of seats that don't comfortably fit.
Both share design cues wîth the all-new Murano, notably the style of the upswept rear side window and the rising beltline. New Murano arrives just three years after the original first appeared in Europe - and five after its initial introduction in North America.
If the original created an entirely new market §egmènt, the new version cements Murano's claim to crossover leadership. A genuinely luxurious interior, enhanced refinement, more performance and new items of advanced equipment – including the first showing in Europe of Nissan's Around View Monitor – lift Murano firmly into Business Class.
'The success of QASHQAI and Murano has opened a new chapter in the Nissan story. Nissan is well known as a leader in the small car market wîth the Micra and Note. We are a leader in the true all-wheel drive market wîth Pathfinder, Navara and X-TRAIL. And when it comes to performance, cars like GT-R and 350Z are undisputed winners.
'The arrival of QASHQAI+2 and new Murano, added to the outstanding success of the original QASHQAI, gives us a whole new portfolio of products, one which helps to underline the sheer depth of our range. Nissan introduced the world to the idea of the crossover vehicle, and just as other manufacturers are waking up to its potential, we are introducing our third crossover vehicle,' says Carlos Tavares, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Ltd.
THE +2 FOR BÚSY FAMILIES
Source - Nissan
Just 18 months old, the Nissan QASHQAI has created a real stir in the motoring world. Offering an alternative to traditional compact hatchback, QASHQAI was the first compact crossover to reach the showrooms. But as other car makers finally bring rival crossovers to market, Nissan moves the goalposts wîth QASHQAI+2, the first crossover conceived for busy families.
'QASHQAI's combination of clever design, generous interior space and excellent driving dynamics introduced the crossover concept to the car buying public. Now comes the QASHQAI+2, a crossover wîth more space and seven seats aimed squarely at customers who are uninspired by people carriers or estate cars. The QASHQAI+2 will also cement Nissan's position as the pioneer of crossovers.'
Simon Thomas, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Nissan in Europe
In its comparatively short life, the Nissan QASHQAI has redefined the way we think about conventional hatchbacks… simply because it is far from conventional. Its marriage of distinctive style and practicality has touched captured the imagination of European car buyers: more than 217 000 examples have been sold since sales began in March 2007.
Such has been its success – it's the fastest selling model in the history of Nissan Europe – that a third shift has been implemented at Nissan Motor Manufacturing ÚK (NMÚK) from July 2008 to cope wîth demand.
And the arrival of the QASHQAI+2 is certain to see a further rise in demand. Seen by Nissan as the first family crossover, the new QASHQAI+2 - wîth more space and a flexible seven-seat configuration - joins the original five-seat QASHQAI and the exciting all-new Murano to cement the company's status as the ‘Crossover Brand.'
'QASHQAI, QASHQAI+2 and Murano are a formidable trio of cars spearheading the crossover sector of the market. QASHQAI has revitalised the hatchback market while Murano promises a new level of luxury and dynamic performance to buyers.
'With its seven seat configuration, QASHQAI+2 adds another dimension to the Nissan crossover offering,' said Pierre Loing, Nissan's Vice President for Product Planning in Europe.
QASHQAI+2 shares clear family design DNA wîth the original, but is subtly different from virtually every angle. Created by designers at Nissan Design Europe in London's Paddington, the new model is essentially identical to QASHQAI from the A
-pillar forward… but everything else behind has been changed.
Longer and taller than the original, QASHQAI+2 has been designed to provide greater interior space and more practicality. External changes include new front and rear doors, side glass, a new tailgate and new-look grille. A vast panoramic roof, some 140mm longer than that on QASHQAI, is a standard feature.
Additionally, QASHQAI+2 has roof rails and darkened privacy glass for all windows behind the front doors as standard on all models.
The third row of seats folds away on board when not in use, meaning they will always be wîth the car when needed. When stowed, potential luggage space rises to 550 litres, an increase of 140 litres over the original QASHQAI.
Designed for children or adults up to 1.6m tall, the angle of the third row backrest has seven adjustment settings to ensure comfort, while the middle three-seater bench now slides fore and aft to improve ingress and egress.
Mechanically, QASHQAI+2 follows the lead set by the original model wîth strut-type front suspension and a fully independent multi-link rear set-up. Suspension settings have been revised to take account of the extra weight and payload potential, while §teering assistance has also been retuned.
Chassis and transmission
Two versions of the chassis are available, offering the choice of front-wheel drive or sure-footed ALL MODE four-wheel drive, while there are 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol and 1.5 and 2.0 dCi diesel models available, ranging from 115PS to 140PS (petrol) and 106PS to 150PS (diesel). Sales of the 1.6- and 1.5-litre versions will begin in January 2009.
Transmission options include a five-speed manual (1.6-litre petrol), six-speed manual (2.0 petrol and both diesels), six-speed automatic (4WD 2.0 dCi) and, uniquely in its class, a highly efficient CVT transmission option on the 4WD 2.0-litre petrol offering a choice between ‘stepless' changes or a manual over-ride wîth six fixed ratios.
Depending on grade, standard equipment includes automatic lighting, automatic wipers, speed sensitive door locking, cruise control, electric windows, parking sensors, 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels and Nissan's Intelligent Key. Manual or automatic air conditioning incorporates mild flow ventilation while to provide sufficient airflow for the rearmost passengers, a larger compressor is fitted.
All audio systems incorporate Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone integration allowing remote operation of the phone and caller ID display. QASHQAI+2 has the same safety equipment as the five-seat version, wîth six airbags (front, side and curtain), seat belt pretensioners in the front and active headrests.
Popular options include leather trim and the advanced satellite navigation system incorporating a seven-inch full colour display (which doubles as the display for the rear parking camera) and voice recognition.
'QASHQAI+2 adds a new dimension to the range and makes it even more versatile than the original. It will appeal not just to busy families, but also to anyone who appreciates its distinctive looks and commanding seating position as well as its extra space and flexibility,' said Pierre Loing.
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