Euro NCAP awards 5 stars to all-new 2014 Nissan Qashqai

Article by Christian A., on February 27, 2014

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.

The Qashqai's front bumper also got maximum scores for the protection provided to pedestrians' legs. Helping the Qashqai achieve a five-star Euro NCAP rating was its highly advanced network of safety features, packaged as Nissan Safety Shield.

The package combines the vehicle’s electronic systems to offer the driver and occupants high levels of passive protection.

The Safety Shield technologies for the Qashqai include Forward Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition. The Nissan Safety Shield also boasts of Blind Spot Warning and Moving Object Detection –made possible and accessible by the carmaker’s Around View Monitor technology.

Premium technology and second-generation crossover design as well as improved dynamics all merge to form the new Nissan Qashqai. Nissan built on the core values and strengths of the first-generation Qashqai to develop a new model that merges style, technology and excitement.

When it comes to the design of the crossover, the new Qashqai is able to deliver new standards. It was back in 2007 when Nissan defined what would later become the template for the crossover. With this second-generation model, the brand hopes to bring the segment to a whole new level. To make this possible, Nissan made sure this new model had a bold design, put in extra attention to detail, and equipped it with cutting-edge engineering and intelligent technology.

Created from scratch, the new Qashqai is not simply a rework of the previous model, which itself was truly revolutionary. This latest version is longer by 49 mm, wider by 20 mm, and lower by 15 mm. While the height is indeed lower, the headroom levels for both the front and the rear areas have in fact gone up by 10 mm.

Further, the raised driving position is still present. There’s no question that this new Qashqai has a striking appearance especially with the intricate details and the clean lines and powerful curves. This includes the alloy 19-inch wheels, though offered as an option.

The new Nissan Qashqai features a striking new look with powerful curves, clean lines and intricate details. Through bold new elements such as the raised bonnet line and muscular wheel arches, the new Qashqai conveys a feeling of dynamic strength. Looking at the front section, Nissan’s newest model shows that it has some of the cutting-edge technology to be part of the crossover segment.

While all models will have the daytime running lights that use LED, only a few versions will have technology that is even more sophisticated. Specifically, it uses LED power not only for the main beam but also for the dip. There may be some who think that having LED rather than Xenon is a gimmick.

However, the reality is that Nissan has always been known to be committed when it comes to having usable technology. The LED in the headlamps of this new model creates a light that is crisper and whiter. Compared to bulbs that use Xenon, LED uses 50% less energy.

In addition, the light produced is closer in color with respect to sunlight, which means that nighttime visibility is better. These same lights are also able to showcase the already unique lighting signature of the brand, one that sweeps in a dramatic fashion to the center of the vehicle.

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