2014 Nissan Qashqai to have more power, edgier look

Article by Anita Panait, on May 7, 2013

The replacement model for the Nissan Qashqai due for sale in 2014 will feature a more suggestive yet innovative design as well as offer a more sporting driving experience, Autocar has learned. The replacement model will be run by more powerful engines that would surely provide a sporty driving experience. Its style is created to keep it on the leading edge of crossover design.

Nissan product planning chief Andy Palmer remarked that they have become known as “the crossover brand,” a tag they like. He quipped, that to remain in the right direction, cars like the Qashqai have to “be edgy, left-field, eccentric,” adding that a “me too” car would be a disaster.

Palmer pointed to Nissan’s 2012 Hi-Cross concept and the 2013 Resonance concept as references as to how the new Qashqai will look. He, however, remarked that both concept cars were larger than the Qashqai will be. He said that like the 2012 Hi-Cross and the 2013 Resonance concepts, the new Qashqai will have a “very bold, aggressive, sharply cut look.”

Palmer said that while Infiniti vehicles are becoming more natural and organic in their design language, Nissan models will look more and more technical and mechanical. According to Autocar sources, a slightly toned-down version of the Resonance concept’s headlamps and grille as well as eyebrow-like bonnet ridges may appear on the Qashqai.

The sources also suggest that the Qashqai will have wave-like body sides and upswept C-pillars. The new Qashqai will still have more or less the same dimensions as the outgoing model. Nissan is also likely to include interior materials that have near-premium levels of quality.

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