Nissan is considering a plan to build a sportier version of its Qashqai compact crossover that will target the Range Rover Evoque. Marco Fioravanti, Nissan Europe's general manager for product planning and strategy, remarked that the coupe-styled version of the Qashqai could capture the attention of consumers in Europe where crossover coupes have become popular thanks to the Evoque.
"We are observing the moves of other automakers such as Audi, Honda and Volvo. We will not stand watching," Fioravanti remarked during a press event for the new Qashqai in Madrid, Spain. A source has confirmed to Automotive News Europe that Nissan is mulling a coupe-styled Qashqai.
Fioravanti said that the Japanese carmaker will not build a Qashqai hybrid version. "Our traditional engines have excellent fuel consumption, “he said. “We want to keep a high 'value for money' formula on the Qashqai."
The Qashqai, in its most fuel efficient version, is powered by a 1.5-liter diesel engine that provides 110 hp; consumers just 3.8 liters of fuel per 100km; and emits just 99 grams of carbon dioxide per km.
Nissan commenced selling the second-generation Qashqai in Europe last month. Nissan may offer a high performance version of the Qashqai through its Nismo badge. Currently, Nissan sells Nismo versions of the Juke subcompact crossover and the 370Z coupe.