According to Autocar, the new Nissan Qashqai, expected to début next year, will have an edgier, bolder design and will offer customers a sportier driving experience, whilst employing a line-up of powerful yet efficient engines. “We’ve become known as ‘the crossover brand’ and we like that,” - said Andy Palmer, product planning of the Japanese brand.
“To continue in the right direction, cars like the Qashqai have to be edgy, left-field, eccentric. We have to depart from the norm. A ‘Marmite’ car like the Juke is exactly what we need. A ‘me too’ car would be a disaster.” From this statement we are expecting a Qashqai characterised by a strong stylistic personality.
The car will draw inspiration from concepts such as the Hi-Cross and Resonance: “Like those concepts, it’ll have a very bold, aggressive, sharply cut look,” Palmer said. “While Infinitis are becoming more natural and organic in their design language, Nissans will look more and more technical and mechanical.” Nissan is also planning to substantially improve the quality of the materials employed for the interior, which would be similar to the premium range.
Under the hood will be the familiar Renault-developed turbo diesel range. New petrol units are also expected to launch: a new 1.2-litre turbo engine will replace the naturally aspirated four-cylinder 1.6-litre, the current entry-level of the Qashqai line-up. The four-cylinder 1.6-litre DIG-T will also be updated and will be available in two new states of tune, of which the most powerful should develop up to 220 hp.