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.
The addition of the Qashqai to complement the Juke and the Rogue would allow Nissan to take advantage of the seemingly insatiable hunger of US customers for SUVs, with many consumers switching from passenger cars to utility vehicles.
So, there is an unquestionable business case for the introduction of the Nissan Qashqai to the US. Once the Qashqai makes its North American debut, it could be renamed to suit the market. After all, American buyers might have some trouble pronouncing “Qashqai,” which is derived from the Iranian term for a group of nomadic herders. The Nissan Qashqai was once named as the Nissan Dualis as marketed in Japan and Australia.
If rumors were true, then we could expect the Qashqai to be homologated to US specs, as powered by engines adapted to US emissions standards. The European version of the Nissan Qashqai – is powered by a wide choice of engines including a 1.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant and a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Also available is a 1.5-liter diesel engine and a 1.6-liter diesel powerplant.
Anonymous sources told TTAC that the Japanese carmaker is planning to present the US-bound Qashqai at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (also known as Detroit Auto Show) with a possible debut for the 2018 model year. By then, Nissan would face another problem (a nice problem, though) – of how to keep up with demand, assuming that the Qashqai would be as popular in the US as it is in Europe.