The Japanese automaker has used the Geneva Motor Show to present in front of the worldwide audience the refreshed version of its compact crossover – the Qashqai.
We are talking here about Europe’s best-selling crossover – which in this iteration has been on the market since 2013, so it has time for the mid life-cycle refresh. The Qashqai comes with a more sophisticated design for the revamped front end that brings to the table the newest iteration of the Nissan V-motion grille. The headlights have also received a nip and tuck and now also feature new LED daytime running lights – and there’s also an optional adaptive projector technology.
The cabin features a reworked dashboard with better quality materials and the center console featuring the newest generation NissanConnect infotainment system, which comes with a new user interface. Also new is the D-shaped multifunctional steering wheel, complete with new four-way controller for the info display. There are new exterior colors, as well as new 17-, 18-, and even 19-inch wheels, but the vehicle keeps its class-leading drag coefficient of 0.31, which helps it achieve CO2 emissions of only 99 grams per kilometer with the 1.5-liter dCi diesel engine. The carmaker has opted not to touch the engine range.
The Qashqai still features Traffic Sign Recognition, Driver Attention Alert, Intelligent Park Assist, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning, and Lane Departure Warning systems, but comes with Intelligent Emergency Braking upgraded to feature Pedestrian Recognition. And we’re waiting on the ProPilot semi-autonomous system to arrive in Europe with it during the latter part of the 2017 fiscal year.