New Nissan Qashqai spied

5 Dec, 2012 12:22pm Damion Smy

Our spies have caught the new Nissan Qashqai on test - and it's set to be smarter than ever before

Our spies have caught the new Nissan Qashqai on the road ahead of its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The pictures don’t tell us a great deal about how the second generation of the big-selling British-built crossover will look, but we know that its design will follow the lines of the Hi-Cross Concept, seen at Geneva this year. And our exclusive image shows how the finished car could look.

It’ll be more aggressive than at present, with a set of narrower LED daytime running lights, strongly defined haunches and an angular shoulder line. But the car will be the same length as the current Qashqai, and offer the same amount of space inside.

The emphasis on style comes in the wake of stiffer competition from the Kia Sportage and Skoda Yeti, plus premium models like the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.

Nissan will address criticism of the current Qashqai’s interior quality by working hard to improve the fit and finish, too.

Soft-touch materials and a larger central touchscreen will give the cabin a more premium feel, while practicality will be a priority. A versatile seat layout, with a split-folding rear bench, should ensure maximum boot space of around 1,500 litres.

Under the bonnet, a new 113bhp 1.2-litre petrol turbo is set to replace the existing 115bhp 1.6-litre. This will offer improved economy, with 50mpg-plus expected, along with CO2 emissions of less than 120g/km.

Even more efficient than this will be the new 128bhp 1.6-litre diesel, with 60mpg and less than 105g/km of CO2. As with the current car, two and four-wheel drive will be available.

The new Qashqai arrives in UK dealers in early 2014, and should be priced from around £17,000.