Nissan officially unveiled the 2014 Qashqai, marking a big step in the crossover segment. For those who don’t know, the first Qashqai made its debut back in 2007 and since then, more than 2 million customers bought the crossover. Today, the Qashqai was reinvented and we are sure that C-segment drivers are pleased to know that the next-generation brings additional style, technology and excitement.
The new model is 49 mm longer than its predecessor and comes with distinctive features such as a clamshell-style bonnet and the well-known Nissan grille. Based on the new CMF (Common Module Family) Renault-Nissan Alliance platform, the 2014 Qashqai will be offered with a choice of four engines: two petrol and two diesel, with the option of two- or four-wheel-drive.
The 1.2-liter DIG-T petrol engine develops 115 hp (85 kW) and 190 Nm of torque. Despite its size, the engine offers better acceleration and greater flexibility than the outgoing 1.6-liter naturally aspirated engine. This engine emits only 129 g/km of CO2, 15 g/km less than the outgoing 1.6-liter engine, and has a fuel consumption of 50.4 mpg or 5.6 l/100 km.
The 1.6-liter DIG-T petrol engine develops 150 hp and 240 Nm of torque, emits 132 g/km and has a fuel consumption of 50.4 mpg or 5.6 l/100 km. The bad news is that this engine will only be available in the autumn of 2014. The 1.5-liter dCi diesel engine comes with 110 hp (81 kW) and CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km, same engine found on the 2014 Dacia Duster Facelift which we recently drove it.
This diesel engine promises a fuel consumption of 74.3 mpg or 3.8 l/100 km. A bigger 1.6-liter dCi diesel engine is also available and develops 130 hp (96 kW). In two-wheel-drive manual form, the 1.6 dCi has CO2 emissions of 115g/km and an EU combined fuel consumption figure of 64.2mpg.
The Xtronic version emits 119g/km and returns 61.4mpg, while the four-wheel-drive manual version enjoys figures of 129g/km and 57.6mpg. Developed specifically for the second-generation Qashqai, the new Xtronic transmission is available with the 1.6 dCi engine.