Nissan already had a history in the 4×4 segment, followed by a good job in the SUV one – but with its compact Qashqai and smaller Juke, the crossover territory is firmly in its hands. Now, it’s time for some spy shots of the next generation Qashqai.
New details are already starting to emerge about the 2014 Nissan Qashqai, which is scheduled to be unveiled very soon, in November. Our exclusive shots quietly back Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer, who said the model will have an innovative design that will be more upscale than its predecessor. That’s not much to go on but the crossover appears to resemble the Hi-Cross concept, which debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
Engine options remain unconfirmed but choices are rumored to include a 1.6-litre diesel (the 130 hp one) as well as a supercharged 1.2-litre petrol that develops 115 hp and 190 Nm of torque. There will also be a plug-in hybrid variant, but it this isn’t scheduled to be launched until 2015.
The crossover will reportedly ride on a new modular platform that will eventually be used on several upcoming sedans as well as the next-generation X-Trail. Front-wheel drive will be standard, but all-wheel drive will be optional. The 2014 Nissan Qashqai will go on sale early next year and pricing is expected to remain similar to today’s model.
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