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3rd-gen Nissan Qashqai gets design inspiration from IMx Concept seen at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

The current Nissan Qashqai (known as the Rogue Sport in the US) has been around for about three years now, and it also recently went through a facelift. In Europe, the model is very important for Nissan as it has been a huge success for them, being the automaker’s best-selling compact crossover in continent, and the best-selling model built in the United Kingdom. The Qashqai is not only popular in Europe as the automaker has also commercialized this C-segment CUV in larger markets all over the world.

To keep its success continuous, Nissan must play its cards right for the next and third generation Qashqai. And already, the Japanese automaker mentioned that the next Qashqai will have some similarities with the IMx Concept that is currently on display at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, when it comes to the design.

Alfonso Albaisa, who acts as the company’s senior vice president of global design, says that the IMx concept is just a design study, which means that it will probably never reach the production line. However, he did say that we should expect a production model that will be bigger than the Juke, and it will also get some of its design elements from the IMx. Of course, we should not expect the 2020 Qashqai to look very much like the show car and that it will definitely not be as flashy, but some of the concept cues will be having a road-going equivalent. Albaisa said that the IMx’s strong features will definitely be toned down for the production model.

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Nissan showcases 2017 Qashqai Facelift at Geneva Motor Show

Since the Qashqai SUV was first released by Nissan in 2013, it has gone on to become the best-selling crossover in Europe. During the early part of this year, there were reports that the Japanese automaker may be releasing a revised version. That appears to be true as Nissan has officially unveiled the 2017 Nissan Qashqai Facelift during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Qashqai owners know that one of the benefits of this model is that it allows for a more confident drive. Even with the number of modifications, the new version is able to continue having that excellent outstanding performance. Because of the improvements done to the steering system, damping system, and the suspension system, the new Qashqai is able to offer a road experience that is more refined than usual.

With better utilization of absorption materials plus the glass in the rear being made thicker, it’s ensured that noise experienced in the cabin is lowered. The selection of the different-sized wheels help as well since they have all been optimized in terms of aerodynamics in order to maximize the efficiency.

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2017 NAIAS: Nissan unveils the US-bound Qashqai as Rogue Sport

It isn’t merely speculation anymore – Nissan is bringing the Qashqai mid-size crossover to the United States, but with a different name. In fact, Nissan has confirmed that this mid-size crossover will have its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, widely known as the Detroit Auto Show.

As we have reported, Nissan intends for the Qashqai to fill the size gap between the smaller Juke and the larger Rogue. The addition of the Qashqai – the best-selling mid-size SUV in Europe -- as a complement to the Juke and the Rogue would allow Nissan to benefit from the seemingly insatiable hunger for SUVs in the US, where motorists have been switching from passenger cars to utility vehicles. While there is a real business case for the US launch of the Qashqai in the US, Nissan was expected to rename the SUV since American buyers might have some trouble pronouncing “Qashqai.”

Nissan did rename the Qashqai as the new Nissan Rogue Sport. Nissan eventually decided to use the Rogue moniker – with the Sport suffix – as it is already a known nameplate in the US. Mike Bunce, Nissan North America vice president of product planning, remarked that since Nissan managed to build a lot of equity on the Rogue, it only makes sense to piggyback on its popularity by renaming the Qashqai as the Rogue Sport.

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2018 Nissan Qashqai is speculated to debut at 2017 Detroit Auto Show

This rumor is not something new – it has been lingering since 2015 – that Japanese carmaker Nissan is bringing its Qashqai to the United States. The best-selling mid-sized crossover in Europe could be coming to American soil with a possible debut this month at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, The Truth About Cars reports citing sources with knowledge of the matter.

Nissan has been experiencing increasing demand for the larger Rogue SUV in the US. With this, the Qashqai could be marketed in the US as a more compact and more economical version of the Rogue. In fact, the Nissan Qashqai features a number of similarities with the Rogue. While both are underpinned by the same architecture, the Qashqai is shorter than the Rogue by around 10 inches. Moreover, the wheelbase of the Qashqai is shorter than that of the Rogue by two inches. These dimensions meant that the Qashqai offers a smaller cargo space on the rear than the Rogue.

Should speculations be true, then Nissan would be able to slot the Qashqai between the Juke and the Rogue. Until now, there has been a gap between the Juke and Rogue. By introducing the Qashqai to North American customers, Nissan could effectively bridge this gap between the smaller Juke and the larger Rogue.

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Nissan is intending to exhibit two special versions of its popular crossovers, the Qashqai and the X-Trail, at the upcoming 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The show car duo – the Qashqai Premium Concept and the X-Trail Premium Concept – are essentially different models but feature similar themes, colors and materials.

Both SUVs are wrapped in a vibrant yet elegant black and white palette as contrasted by a premium golden copper. The Qashqai Premium Concept and the X-Trail Premium Concept are creations of Nissan Design Europe (NDE) in London and Nissan’s Global Design Centre (GDC) in Japan, respectively.

Since both the Qashqai and the X-Trail play a big role in Nissan's success in Europe, the Qashqai Premium Concept and the X-Trail Premium Concept demonstrate the carmaker's intention to cater to more customers in more markets.

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Nissan responds to the increasing demand for the Rogue in the U.S. by tapping its Japanese plants to add 100,000 units to its annual output starting next year. This gives Nissan the capacity to sell more than 300,000 units of the compact crossovers in the U.S., which is slightly higher than half of what it sold only a couple of years ago. Sources also revealed other changes to the Rogue lineup.

They said that a hybrid version will be introduced in 2016. Meanwhile, the European Qashqai crossover will be sold in the U.S. as a more compact and more frugal version of the Rogue. Nissan will drop the cheaper Rogue Select. The European Qashqai has many similarities with the Rogue and is built on the same architecture but it is shorter than the American Rogue by 10 inches.

Its wheelbase is also 2 inches shorter. The Qashqai has a smaller rear cargo space than the Rogue but its rear design is more stylish. It’s not clear what powertrain will be used by the U.S. Qashqai. But a British car-buying website revealed that Nissan's European business unit had newly given the Qashqai a 1.6-liter gasoline engine that produces about 53 U.S. mpg.

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Euro NCAP has awarded a five-star rating to the all-new Nissan Qashqai, thanks to a number of new and innovative safety features that helped it pass all tests. On front impact tests, the Qashqai’s passenger compartment remained stable, with dummy readings indicating good protection for both the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger.

The driver dummy also got maximum scores, with good protection of all body regions. The Qashqai also scored maximum points in the side barrier test, with all body parts well protected. The new Qashqai also aced the Child Occupant tests.

According to readings from the child dummies used in the dynamic tests, the vehicle got maximum scores for its protection of an 18-month old infant.

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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."

Read the entire article Nissan may release a coupe version of Qashqai to take on the Evoque

Nissan's Europe chief Trevor Mann is confident that the second-generation Qashqai crossover will equal the success of the previous model. Mann told Automotive News Europe in an interview that he expects annual sales of around 200,000 Qashqais in Europe.  But, IHS Automotive is skeptical of his numbers.

"We forecast the numbers will fall on competition and the rollout of the [Nissan] X-Trail," IHS senior analyst Ian Fletcher said. The newer and bigger X-Trail SUV will offer a seven-seat configuration for the first time, replacing the already terminated seven-seat Qashqai+2. Also, the market for crossovers in Europe has expanded significantly since Nissan launched the Qashqai in 2007.

Likewise, other carmakers are offering new crossovers that are smaller and less expensive than the Qashqai. Add that to the fact the Nissan Juke may also affect sales of the Qashqai.

Read the entire article 2014 Nissan Qashqai predicted to match success of previous model

To mark the launch of the next generation Qashqai crossover, Nissan is offering a special new model, the Qashqai Premier Limited Edition. This new special version, however, is only available to current Nissan customers until December 31, 2013. Likewise, the Qashqai Premier Limited Edition could only be availed by a small fraction of the 2 million customers of the crossover, with only 2,007 examples available for Nissan owners.

To mark the Qashqai Premier Limited Edition’s exclusivity, each vehicle will carry its own numbered badge, guaranteeing each owner a place in Nissan history as one of the very first owners of the new Qashqai, which was unveiled just two weeks ago, revealing its bold design and advanced premium technology.

The number of Nissan Qashqai Premier Limited Edition to be built is a reference to the year when the original vehicle was produced – in 2007, which also marked the arrival of the first mass market crossover.

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Nissan has disclosed the pricing and specifications for its new Nissan Qashqai crossover. The new Qashqai crossover is expected to build on the success of its predecessor, of which around 2 million units have been sold. Despite boasting a higher level of technology, comfort and practicality, the Nissan Qashqai comes with a level of affordability that would attract those considering conventional hatchback or crossover.

The Nissan Qashqai has a starting price of £17,595, and offers premium quality as well as some advanced features on the market – a testament to the carmaker’s philosophy of bringing premium features to the family car market.

The new Nissan Qashqai will hit the market in January 2014 and could be availed with four familiar grades: Visia, Acenta, Acenta Premium and Tekna.

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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.

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.

Read the entire article 2014 Nissan Qashqai officially introduced showing an impressive design

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.

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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.”

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Nissan will be shifting some production of its Qashqai compact vehicle in the United Kingdom to Russia, in line with a plan to increase annual production by 100% at the company's St Petersburg factory to 100,000 by 2014, according to Nissan's vice president of engineering Colin Lawther. The Russian nation is the biggest market for the vehicles manufactured at Nissan's Sunderland facility in northeast England.

The sales of the company's automobiles in Russia rose 73% in 2011 to slightly below 60,000 units. In 2011, the Sunderland plant rolled out 301,277 Qashqai units running three shifts at maximum capacity. In 2013, Nissan will begin the production of the Leaf electric vehicle for Europe in Sunderland on the same line as the Qashqai. The transfer of the Qashqai production will happen in two years, when the next-generation model is launched.

Lawther did not disclose information on how much production will be shifted to St Petersburg, which presently manufactures the Teana sedan, X-Trail medium SUV and Murano large SUV.

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Honda Motor Co. wants to launch a crossover in Europe that would rival the Nissan Qashqai, according CEO Takanobu Ito. Ito said that Honda is “very envious” of Qashqai’s sales so it decided to do “something like that." Ito didn’t say when this crossover is expected to arrive. The Qashqai is a major factor in Nissan's increasing sales in Europe.

In the first three quarters of 2011 in western Europe, the Qashqai alone (with 153,079 units sold) had higher sales than the entire Honda lineup (with 105,918 units), according to JATO Dynamics.

Through October, Honda’s European sales had dropped by 19% to 128,333 units, accounting for a 1.1% share of the market. On the other hand, Nissan's volume is higher by 16% to 390,849 units to get a 3.4% share, according to ACEA data. It was also revealed that Honda's European volume has continued to drop from peaking at 311,743 in 2007 and it had a 1.9 share.

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Nissan Motor Co.’s workers in Britain will design, engineer and manufacture the next variant of the best-selling Nissan Qashqai, Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn disclosed at a recent meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron.

The new project will safeguard 6,000 jobs across the supply chain in the UK. It represents a major endorsement of the caliber and quality of British-made products.

The new vehicle variant, which is being is being funded entirely by Nissan, represents a £192 million investment in UK and.

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Nissan Motor Co. aims for its new Juke crossover to at the very least, match the success enjoyed in Europe by its top-selling Qashqai. The Juke will premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next month and will be launched in Europe at the end of September.

Nissan Design Europe in London created the car with intent to merge the ruggedness of an SUV with the looks and lines of a sports car.

Pierre Loing, Nissan Europe vice president of product planning, described the Juke to be roomy yet compact, robust yet dynamic and practical yet playful.

Read the entire article Nissan hopes that its new Juke crossover will match the success of Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai had better beware! Peugeot has affirmed a version patterned after its Prologue concept, observed at the Paris Motor Show this year, will be available for sale by the last quarter of the following year.

It has T84 for its codename, although it is more likely to be labeled the 3008 when it appears in showrooms. The smaller SUV/hatchback will be the first version to bring the challenge directly to Nissan's best-seller Qashqai.

Two-wheel-drive versions of the 3008 will be available for sale next year, along with a selection of petrol or diesel power. And by the year 2011, an all-wheel-drive diesel-electric hybrid will come to be part of the range.

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