The brand-new Nissan Qashqai 2014 has been fully revealed, along with price details and specifications for the new car. We've got all the latest information on the new crossover SUV below, including release date, engines, interior and equipment details.
The Nissan Qashqai 2014 price will start from £17,595 and go up to £27,845 - that makes the new Qashqai a bit more expensive than it was before. However the new model not only gets a fresh new look, it also adds extra technology, space and even more performance than it did previously.
Update: The new Nissan Qashqai 2014 is the world's most 'parkable' car, according to the manufacturer.
Nissan says with the Park Assist and Around View Monitor, the new Qashqai can automatically parallel park in spaces just 80cm longer than the dimensions of the car. The Around View Monitor also can help drivers park in bays, while the Qashqai's cameras can also detect moving objects around the car and an alert will sound if the object gets too close.
If you have driven a car with reversing cameras you will know that sometimes they can fog up with dirt, but Nissan has thought about this too and so the Qashqai has a small pressure water jet and a compressed air nozzle that washes then drives the camera lens if the sensors detect any deterioration in image clarity.
The original Nissan Qashqai came out in 2007, and pioneered the term crossover – it was an SUV that offered the family-oriented features of a hatchback. Thanks to over 2 million worldwide sales, the Qashqai is a huge success, and rivals from the Skoda Yeti to the Kia Sportage have sprouted up to take on Nissan.
1.2 DIG-T Manual 2WD £17,595
1.5 dCi Manual 2WD £19,290
1.2 DIG-T Manual 2WD £19,145
1.5 dCi Manual 2WD £20,840
1.6 dCi Manual 2WD £22,145
1.6 dCi CVT 2WD £23,495
1.2 DIG-T Manual 2WD £20,995
1.5 dCi Manual 2WD £22,690
1.6 dCi Manual 2WD £23,995
1.6 dCi CVT 2WD £25,345
1.6 dCi Manual 4WD £25,695
1.2 DIG-T Manual 2WD £23,145
1.5 dCi Manual 2WD £24,840
1.6 dCi Manual 2WD £26,145
1.6 dCi CVT 2WD £227,495
1.6 dCi Manual 4WD £27,854
Premier Launch Edition 1.6 dCi Manual 4WD £27,845
Specifications from the current Nissan Qashqai remain in the new version, with the entry-level Visia starting it off, and the range continuing up into Acenta, Acenta Premium and Tekna versions. The Qashqai starts at £17,595 in Visia trim, and standard equipment includes Bluetooth, LED daytime running lights, cruise control, hill-start assist and air-conditioning.
Go for a car in the middle of the range and you get get 17-inch alloys, automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone air-conditioning and a leather steering wheel - these Acenta models are priced from £19,145. Acenta Premium trim, which costs £1,850 more, adds a DAB radio, 7-inch touchscreen display, a rear-view parking camera, panoramic glass roof, all-around parking sensors and a cool push-button start.
If you're after the neat 19-inch alloy wheels or LED headlights you'll need to go for the range-topping Tekna model. This one also gets full leather trim, heated seats, intelligent park assist and electric seats, and starts from £23,145 - but this can rise to £27,845 for the top of the line model.
A Smart Vision Pack, which costs £450, is also available on entry-level Visia or mid-spec Acenta trim levels. This add-on includes an anti-dazzling rear-view mirror, high beam assist, lane departure warning, collision avoidance tech and all-round parking sensors.
From launch four new turbocharged engines all with stop-start technology will be made available, in two petrol and two diesel variants. Likely to be the most popular is a revamped version of the cleanest 109bhp 1.5-litre diesel engine, now emitting just 99g/km of CO2 and returning a claimed 74.3mpg.
A more powerful 128bhp 1.6-litre diesel motor is available, which can also be specified with four-wheel drive and a new Xtronic CVT automatic gearbox. Emissions are slightly higher at 115g/km CO2 - and they are higher still for the all-wheel drive version, at 129g/km.
Petrol power comes in the form of an all-new 113bhp 1.2-litre turbo engine, also found in the Renault Clio. Performance is similar to the outgoing 1.6-litre petrol motor but with better economy at 50.4mpg and 129g/km. The most powerful engine available in the new Qashqai is a 148bhp 1.6-litre turbo.
This new model has a lot in common with the new X-Trail, unveiled in September at the Frankfurt motor show. Both cars use the same Common Module Family platform that is also likely to be used by future Infiniti models, as well as Nissan’s Alliance partner Renault in the new Espace.
Those who would buy a Nissan Qashqai +2 will have to move up to an X-Trail as that’ll be Nissan’s seven seat SUV from next year. Although the X-Trail was revealed before the Qashqai, the smaller model goes on sale in first in January, six months before the X-Trail.
The new Qashqai’s look is similar to the X-Trail’s, with a more pointed front end with Nissan family LED running lights on every model, a clamshell-style bonnet, swooping creases along the side, a kick up in the rear side window and a rounded rear end with a sporty spoiler at the top. Most of the styling work was done at Nissan’s Paddington design centre in London, lead by Nissan’s Chief Creative Officer, Shiro Nakamura.
He told us: “The new Qashqai is more sporty, more emotional and with more quality. It’s sportier and more agile looking than the X-Trail, which is more functional and roomy. The Qashqai is like a four-door coupe.”
But as well as an improvement in style, interior quality has taken a huge step forward with plenty of plush plastics and nicely finished knobs and buttons. Even the seats have had a rethink, using techniques inspired by NASA researchers.
Speaking to Auto Express, Nissan executive vice president with responsibility for product development and marketability, Andy Palmer, said: “Customer feedback was for improved quality and that’s what we’ve done – the quality of this car is two segments higher.
“The new platform saves us 30% in cost, so we’ve reinvested that back into the quality of the car.”
Palmer also said that customers also asked for more space, so the new car is 49mm longer and 20mm wider, meaning more leg and shoulder room. And in spite of being 15mm lower than the old car, there’s more headroom in the new Qashqai thanks to repositioned seats.
Boot space, at 430 litres, is 20 litres bigger than the old car’s, and there’s now a reversible, wipe-clean floor that can be adjusted to sit at two levels to ensure a flat floor when the rear seats are folded. There’s also somewhere for the parcel shelf to hide underneath if you need to remove it – an example of the handy thinking that’s gone into the car.
There’s also room for big bottles in the doors, while there’s a USB socket in the central cubby box with a channel for your device’s lead to go through so it doesn’t get shut in the lid.
Tech plays a big part in the new Qashqai, and according to Andy Palmer, the new car has “the technology for autonomous driving already embedded in the car.” Nissan’s Safety Shield includes city braking, a driver fatigue detection system, traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning.
There’s the expected smartphone connectivity via NissanConnect, with a range of apps that’ll eventually be available, plus Send To Car functions, allowing you to plot a route at home that’ll automatically appear on the car’s nav system. The tech extends to the driving with a Chassis Control system used to mimic a limited slip differential to improve handling. All models get MacPherson struts at the front, but two wheel drive models get a twist beam rear axle, while four-wheel drive models get multi-link rear suspension.
There’s a choice of steering settings for drivers, too, with sport mode providing a heavier feel than normal, which is lighter and more suited to town driving. We’d expect the car to ride and handle well, with the bulk of the development work done on UK roads close to Nissan’s engineering centre at Cranfield in Bedfordshire.
Nissan put together this video to highlight the new car's technology, starring the Nissan employees who helped create the car.
It was back in April that Auto Express first saw the new Qashqai. Nissan’s executive vice president, Andy Palmer, a former number one in the Auto Express Brit List, invited us to Nissan’s engineering base in Cranfield in Bedfordshire to look around the new Qashqai and give him our opinion on an important new development.
Palmer’s responsibilities within Nissan are too long to list here, but he has final sign off on every Nissan and Infiniti vehicle, and he’s well qualified to do so with a career that dates back to work on the final versions of the original Mini as an engineer with Rover.
Palmer wanted our view on the new Qashqai automatic. This is an automatic he’s very proud of. “I’ve always been a fan of CVT autos for their smoothness and efficiency,” Palmer told us. “But they’re not popular because of their ‘rubber band’ feel and the whining noise they can make.”
“So we’ve developed a diesel CVT that’s impossible to distinguish from a dual clutch transmission. What we’ve been able to do with the software in the gearbox will enable CVT to reinvent itself.”
Palmer, a keen motorcyclist, is quite a driver and put the car through its paces on the quick and twisty roads around Cranfield. Sure enough, the new gearbox, called Xtronic in the new Qashqai, reacts swiftly with distinct, but smooth steps that mimic seven gears. That rubber band feel has gone and the noise is more natural with dual-clutch like changes.
It wasn’t perfect, though, with some slight hesitation at the top of the rev range – something Palmer agreed with. So another software tweak and another sign-off drive would be needed before the green light is given.
We’ll be driving production versions of the new Qashqai soon and will give our definitive verdict on the important new SUV in early January.