Nissan vows to endow the second-generation Qashqai compact crossover with innovative new looks when it rolls the model out early 2014. Andy Palmer, Nissan’s global head of product planning, told Automotive News Europe that changing the looks of the Qashqai comes with a risk, noting that “if you're a leader in a segment, I think you should innovate."
With the disclosure, the second-generation Qashqai would sport major differences with the current model, Palmer said. Nissan provided a glimpse of its future plans for the crossover segment with the Resonance Concept it unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January 2013. Nissan says the Resonance concept is meant to be “provocative, energetic and engaging – even polarizing.”
The carmaker said the concept’s “edgy yet sophisticated design” provides a clear view into the future of crossover innovation. Nissan plans to unveil the new-generation Qashqai in November 2013, with production planned to commence in December, a spokesman disclosed.
The new Qashqai will still target the same market, according to European head of sales and marketing Paul Willcox. Nissan will base the next-generation Qashqai with its new Common Module Family (CMF) platform, which will also underpin the majority of compacts sold in Europe and elsewhere by the Nissan and Renault. Palmer confirmed that the CMF's platform has been designed to house a hybrid drivetrain.
He declined to disclose whether the new-generation Qashqai will offer a variant with a hybrid powertrain, but said Nissan will introduce a plug-in hybrid model in Europe by 2015. Nissan’s global head of product planning remarked that from an economics point of view, plug-in hybrids are beginning to make sense in Europe considering the regulations in the region.
The second-generation Nissan Qashqai sets a new benchmark when it comes to crossover design. In 2007, Nissan originally defined the crossover template and now, it is taking the crossover sector to a whole new level through bold design, intelligent technology, highly advanced engineering, and meticulous attention to detail.
The second generation Qashqai is all-new and is more than a mere a rework of its predecessor. Compared to current model, the new Qashqai is 49mm longer, 20mm wider, and 15mm lower. However, despite its lower height, its front and rear headroom increased by 10mm while its raised driving position stays the same.
Moreover, the new Nissan Qashqai boasts a striking new look characterized by clean lines, powerful curves, and intricate details. It also has optional 19” alloy wheels. What’s more, the car conveys dynamic strength, thanks to bold new elements like its muscular wheel arches and raised bonnet line.
Additionally, the new Qashqai's front end features some of the crossover sector’s most advanced technology. All models have the LED daytime running lights, while only certain versions have been equipped with more sophisticated technology, which is full LED power for the dip and the main beam.
Furthermore, it is in keeping with the carmaker’s passion for usable technology that it substituted Xenon with LED. The Qashqai's LED headlamps deliver a brighter, whiter, crisper light, while using only 50% less power than Xenon lights as well as producing light that is closer to sunlight in color, thus providing better visibility at night.