The prototype Hi-Cross will be used by Nissan designers as a source of inspiration for the style of the new Qashqai. Auto Express has shared this news along with a first rendering. “The dimensions are pretty much fixed, so we’ll have to differentiate the new car in the details”revealed Andy Palmer, Nissan executive vice-president. Auto Express also reveals that Nissan next- generation crossover will be approximately 4,33 m long and both passenger and luggage compartments will be as spacious as the current series.
The interior will be the focus of attention for the designers of the Japanese company: “Everybody loves the Qashqai’s exterior, but perceived quality on the inside lets it down- Plamer added - Rather than bring the new car up to German quality levels, we want to surpass them.” Auto Express also outlines the range of engines and finally reveals that today’s 1.6-litre petrol unit will be replaced by a 1.2-litre turbo with output of 115 hp and 190 Nm of torque, with CO2 emissions of 120 g/km. Most buyers, however, will opt for the 1.6-litre dCi with 130 hp and less than 105 g/km of CO2. The second generation Nissan Qasqhai will go on sale in 2014.