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.
The Qashqai Premier Limited Edition is derived from the range-topping Tekna model and highlights Nissan's passion for accessible technology and bold design. It features special part leather and Alcantara trim as well as a dark roof liner, custom dark carpets, chrome side door sills, front lip and tailgate lower finisher and special Premier-branded kick plates.
The edition’s stone-colored seats feature contrasting black carpet and black headliner. The Qashqai Premier Limited Edition also boasts of Tekna's and technology features as standard. Its exterior design is complemented by 19-inch alloy wheels and sector-first Bi-LED headlamps and roof rails.
The interior features electric seats, new NissanConnect and a panoramic glass roof. Available in four colors -- Pearl White, Night Shade, Metallic Black and Metallic Red – all models of the Premier Limited Edition Qashqai are powered by a 1.6 dCi engine and feature Nissan's advanced ALL-MODE 4x4-i system as standard.
The new Qashqai from Nissan is not only the second generation of this model but manages to set new standards when it comes to how crossovers are designed. Not surprising as the brand was the one responsible for coming up with the original crossover template back in 2007. This new model though will allow the brand to take the segment to new heights.
Making this possible are the strong design, cutting-edge engineering, intelligent technology, and the exceptional attention to detail. A quick look at the new Qashqai shows that it has a striking new appearance with its intricate details, clean lines, and powerful curves. The brand will be offering customers the option to have the alloy 19-inch wheels. By putting in bold new elements, like the muscular wheel arches and the raised bonnet line, it ensures that the new model is able to deliver a dynamic strength feel.
Created from scratch, this latest version of the Qashqai is not simply a redesigned version of its innovative predecessor. Compared to the current version, the second generation is longer by 49 mm and wider by 20 mm. The new version though is lower by 15 mm. Despite the lower height, the brand was able to keep the raised driving positions while increasing the headroom for both the front and the rear by 10 mm. On the front section of this second generation version, one is likely to see what may be one of the most cutting-edge technology to ever be offered in the crossover class.
While all the models will have the daytime running lamps with LED, some versions will be fitted not only with more powerful technology but will also have LED for the main beam and the dip beam. With Nissan known to have a passion when it comes to usable technology, the choice to have LED rather than Xenon is simply a gimmick. Not only do the LED headlamps offer crisper and whiter light but compared to bulbs with Xenon, use 50% less power.
In addition, LED also results in light having a color much closer to sunlight and thus offer better visibility especially at night. These lights are also able to show the brand’s distinct LED lighting signature which goes up from the center of the vehicle in a dramatic manner.