Nissan showcases 2017 Qashqai Facelift at Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on March 15, 2017

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.

As mentioned, the performance is still the same despite the upgrades so there is still the drag coefficient value of 0.31. It is fitted with the dCi 110 1.5-liter diesel engine with CO2 emissions of 99 g/km.

There are new technologies as well with the Intelligent Emergency Braking now upgraded to include Pedestrian Recognition. For the first time in the Qashqai, there is now the Rear Cross Traffic Alert when helps lower the risk of experiencing low-speed impacts especially when reversing out from a parking space. Of course, the usual technologies are still present.

Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox said that the core of the brand’s product strategy has always been about Nissan Intelligent Mobility and this has guided Nissan when developing new vehicles. The new Nissan Qashqai is a good example of this strategy, he added, as it will not only define the crossover class but will likely bring with it new standards.

Exterior Design

Changes were made on the exterior with the front section now having the brand’s V-motion grille. Its headlights not only have a new shape but they have also been incorporated with the daytime running lights in LED.

Interior Design

The interior shows a change as well especially with the dashboard which has a new look and which has clearly made use of high quality materials.

The center console has been improved as well with the panel now having the latest NissanConnect infotainment system and even offers a new user interface. New in the interior as well is the multi-functional D-shaped steering wheel which comes with a four-way controller.

Press Release

New Nissan Qashqai on sale across Europe starting July 2017

Today, Nissan unveiled the new Qashqai crossover, with significant enhancements of the car’s premium character. The upgrades focus on a contemporary new exterior design, higher levels of interior quality and improved driving performance.

New Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies have also been added, continuing Nissan’s ongoing journey towards zero emissions and zero fatalities. The new Qashqai will be available with ProPILOT autonomous drive capability. Controlling the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways, this will provide consumers with more control of their vehicle and a more confident drive, plus greater freedom when they want it, whether during heavy traffic congestion or high-speed cruising.

Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe, commented: “We have put the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision at the heart of our product strategy, guiding the development of every vehicle. The new Nissan Qashqai is proof of that, with enhancements which will continue to define and set new standards in the crossover segment.”

Interior enhancements

The Qashqai’s enhanced premium appeal is most obvious in the cabin, where an improved layout, higher-quality materials and advanced technology deliver a highly attractive and functional interior for all occupants.

The brand new range-topping Tekna+ grade includes new seats trimmed in high-quality soft nappa leather, with luxurious 3D quilting on the centre panels.

Also new is a D-shaped multi-function steering wheel with premium satin-chrome inserts. It features a new four-way controller for the combimeter display, for more intuitive use and less ‘eyes off the road’ time.

The NissanConnect infotainment system, complete with DAB digital radio and satellite navigation, now features a smart new user interface.

A new option for music fans is a BOSE seven-speaker premium sound system. For customers it represents a more complete audio experience, plus the opportunity to personalise in-car listening.

Exterior upgrades

To complement the interior upgrades the Qashqai’s exterior benefits from a fresh design, offering greater sophistication and a new ‘premium dynamic’ style. The enhancements include a completely revised front end, including the latest Nissan ‘V-motion’ grille.

The headlamps have been revised with a new version of the ‘boomerang’ Daytime Running Light signature, adding to the new Qashqai’s premium appeal. The addition of adaptive front lighting improves night-time safety.

At the rear, the car’s instantly recognisable ‘boomerang’ light motif is extended across the whole lamp, and now includes a contemporary 3D lens effect to enhance the signature shape.

Added to the Qashqai’s colour palette to boost its premium credentials are two vibrant new finishes. These include Vivid Blue, on the vehicle unveiled during Nissan’s Geneva press conference, and Chestnut Bronze.

More confident drive

The Qashqai has always been known for its confident drive. Thanks to a number of under-the-skin improvements, the new model maintains its outstanding handling performance. Modifications to the suspension, damping and steering systems have resulted in an even more refined on-the-road experience.

Improved use of absorption materials and increased rear glass thickness have led to a reduction in cabin noise from the road, engine and wind. Striking new 17, 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels are available, all aerodynamically optimised to maximise efficiency.

Even with so many enhancements, the Qashqai’s aerodynamic performance has not been compromised. It retains its class-leading drag coefficient of 0.31, and continues as segment leader on C02 emissions, with only 99g/km from the 1.5-litre dCi 110 diesel. Such innovation contributes to low running costs for Qashqai drivers.

New Nissan Intelligent Mobility Technologies

Since its launch in 2007, the Qashqai has been at the heart of Nissan’s desire to democratise Intelligent Driving technology. With the new Qashqai that commitment to customers is extended even further.

Intelligent Emergency Braking is being upgraded with Pedestrian Recognition. Rear Cross Traffic Alert, to mitigate the risk of low-speed impacts when reversing out of a parking space, is now available on Qashqai for the first time. The Qashqai continues to be offered with Traffic Sign Recognition, Driver Attention Alert, Intelligent Park Assist, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Warning.

At the heart of the Qashqai’s appeal has always been its position as the ultimate urban crossover. It successfully blends the practicality and desirability of an SUV with the footprint, running costs and accessibility of a hatchback.

The wide-ranging changes to the Qashqai are based on extensive customer insight and designed to reinforce its position as Europe’s best-selling crossover. Approximately 2.3 million have been sold since the original version was launched in 2007.

The enhancements make the Nissan Qashqai a stronger and more exciting partner for drivers, ensuring it is ready for its second decade of crossover leadership.

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