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.

In 2007, Nissan embarked on a pioneering crossover design that shook up the automotive world with the release of the Nissan Qashqai. This time, Nissan is determined to bring the crossover template to even greater heights with the second generation Qashqai.

This latest version of the Qashqai is a show of force for Nissan technology, engineering, and design. Not content with merely reworking the previous model, Nissan set out to revolutionize the Qashqai from the ground up. The dimensions have been enhanced, with the new Qashqai measuring 20mm wider and 49mm longer than the original version. What's even more amazing is that even though the second generation Qashqai is 15mm lower than its predecessor, it still has a 10mm more front and rear headroom and is able to maintain the raised driving position.

New Qashqai is beefed up with Nissan's most advanced technology. This can be seen in the various components of the Qashqai- full dip and main beam LED power, daytime LED running lights, bonnet line raised, alloy wheels measuring 19 inches, and wheel arches that convey power. Add to these the lines, curves, and patterns that define the new look of the Qashqai, and what you get is Nissan raising further its own benchmark of excellence in crossover technology and design.

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