THE NEW NISSAN QASHQAI: PREMIUM ENHANCEMENTS REINFORCING 10 YEARS OF CROSSOVER LEADERSHIP◾Europe's best-selling crossover delivers ProPILOT plus a range of premium design, technology and performance improvements
◾New flagship Tekna+ grade delivers the ultimate Qashqai
◾New Nissan Qashqai on sale across Europe starting July 2017
GENEVA, Switzerland (7th March 2017) –Today, Nissan unveiled the new Qashqai crossover, wîth significant enhancements of the car's premium character. The upgrades focus on a contemporary new exterior design, higher levels of interior quality and improved driving performance.
New Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies have also been added, continuing Nissan's ongoing journey towards zero emissions and zero fatalities. The new Qashqai will be available wîth ProPILOT autonomous drive capability. Controlling the §teering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways, this will provide consumers wîth more control of their vehicle and a more confident drive, plus greater freedom when they want it, whether during heavy traffic congestion or high-speed cruising.
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, wîth enhancements which will continue to define and set new standards in the crossover §egmènt.'
The Qashqai's enhanced premium appeal is most obvious in the cabin, where an improved layout, higher-quality materials and advanced technology deliver a highly attractive and functional interior for all occupants.
The brand new range-topping Tekna+ grade includes new seats trimmed in high-quality soft nappa leather, wîth luxurious 3D quilting on the centre panels.
Also new is a D-shaped multi-function §teering wheel wîth premium satin-chrome inserts. It features a new four-way controller for the combimeter display, for more intuitive use and less 'eyes off the road' time.
The NissanConnect infotainment system, complete wîth DAB digital radio and satellite navigation, now features a smart new user interface.
A new option for music fans is a BOSE seven-speaker premium sound system. For customers it represents a more complete audio experience, plus the opportunity to personalise in-car listening.
To complement the interior upgrades the Qashqai's exterior benefits from a fresh design, offering greater sophistication and a new 'premium dynamic' style. The enhancements include a completely revised front end, including the latest Nissan 'V-motion' grille.
The headlamps have been revised wîth a new version of the 'boomerang' Daytime Running Light signature, adding to the new Qashqai's premium appeal. The addition of adaptive front lighting improves night-time safety.
At the rear, the car's instantly recognisable 'boomerang' light motif is extended across the whole lamp, and now includes a contemporary 3D lens effect to enhance the signature shape.
Added to the Qashqai's colour palette to boost its premium credentials are two vibrant new finishes. These include Vivid Blue, on the vehicle unveiled during Nissan's Geneva press conference, and Chestnut Bronze.
More confident drive
The Qashqai has always been known for its confident drive. Thanks to a number of under-the-skin improvements, the new model maintains its outstanding handling performance. Modifications to the suspension, damping and §teering systems have resulted in an even more refined on-the-road experience.
Improved use of absorption materials and increased rear glass thickness have led to a reduction in cabin noise from the road, engine and wind. Striking new 17, 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels are available, all aerodynamically optimised to maximise efficiency.
Even wîth so many enhancements, the Qashqai's aerodynamic performance has not been compromised. It retains its class-leading drag coefficient of 0.31, and continues as §egmènt leader on C02 emissions, wîth only 99g/km from the 1.5-litre dCi 110 diesel. Such innovation contributes to low running costs for Qashqai drivers.
New Nissan Intelligent Mobility Technologies
Since its launch in 2007, the Qashqai has been at the heart of Nissan's desire to democratise Intelligent Driving technology. With the new Qashqai that commitment to customers is extended even further.
Intelligent Emergency Braking is being upgraded wîth Pedestrian Recognition. Rear Cross Traffic Alert, to mitigate the risk of low-speed impacts when reversing out of a parking space, is now available on Qashqai for the first time. The Qashqai continues to be offered wîth Traffic Sign Recognition, Driver Attention Alert, Intelligent Park Assist, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Warning.
At the heart of the Qashqai's appeal has always been its position as the ultimate urban crossover. It successfully blends the practicality and desirability of an SÚV wîth the footprint, running costs and accessibility of a hatchback.
The wide-ranging changes to the Qashqai are based on extensive customer insight and designed to reinforce its position as Europe's best-selling crossover. Approximately 2.3 million have been sold since the original version was launched in 2007.
The enhancements make the Nissan Qashqai a stronger and more exciting partner for drivers, ensuring it is ready for its second decade of crossover leadership.
About Nissan in the ÚK
◾Nissan Sunderland Plant produces the Nissan Qashqai, Juke and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF
◾Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles began in 2012
◾Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than seven million units wîth 80 per cent of production exported to 100 markets worldwide
◾Total investment made and announced since then is over £3.5 billion
◾500,237 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2014
◾In 2014, one in three cars built in the ÚK was a Nissan
◾Sunderland Plant currently employs more than 6,700 people
◾Nissan's European Design Centre is located in Paddington, London and employs around 65 people
◾Nissan's European Technical Centre is based in Cranfield, Bedfordshire and employs around 1,000 people
◾Nissan's sales and marketing headquarters in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire employs around 220 people
About Nissan in Europe
Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,000 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the ÚK, Spain and Russia produced more than 660,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world's most popular electric vehicle. Pursuing a goal of zero emissions and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan is leading the field wîth its vision of Intelligent Mobility. Designed to guide Nissan's product and technology pipeline, this 360 degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society. Nissan is positioned to become the most desirable Asian brand in Europe.