Nissan's segment pioneering Qashqai completely overhauled - Here's what you should know

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2021 Nissan Qashqai
2021 Nissan Qashqai

• Nissan revealed its all-new, fourth-generation Qashqai.

• The SUV will go on sale in Europe first, with South Africa to follow later in 2021.

• Local pricing will be announced closer to the launch.

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Nissan has revealed - and opened the European orderbooks for - its new, SA-bound Qashqai SUV. Showcasing the advanced technology available on the new Qashqai, Nissan says the Premiere Edition will offer customers "unprecedented convenience features which are normally found in upper automotive segments." 

Stefan Haasbroek, Nissan South Africa marketing director, said: "As part of the Nissan Next Transformation Plan in our region, we are excited to welcome the new edition to the Qashqai family later this year. Fourteen years after creating the crossover segment, we are confident that this model will be a game-changer.

"This pioneering model will be in South and Sub-Saharan Africa in the latter part of the 2021 Financial Year for both regions, respectively, and we are looking forward to a completely renewed design inside and out, innovative technologies and electrified power on our roads."

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Nissan Qashqai
2021 Nissan Qashqai

Updates to the cabin

The central screen is a 9-inch TFT screen which houses Nissan's upgraded infotainment system, while an additional 12-inch TFT configurable screen sits in front of the driver, replacing the traditional dials. 

To complement the high definition TFT screen, the driver will also benefit from a 10.8-inch Head-Up Display (HUD), the largest in the segment, offering speed, navigation directions and road information directly in the driver's line-of-sight.  

Additional convenience comes from a wireless 15w charging pad - among the most powerful in the segment. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on the new Qashqai, as well as additional connectivity for all occupants, with a total of four USB charging ports, with two USB-A and two USB-C ports. 

The Premiere Edition Qashqai will be available with the newly upgraded ProPILOT with Navi-link, which brings greater driver support on a broader array of circumstances, for peace of mind in all driving scenarios.

Nissan says the new Qashqai's interior follows a classic format, with black cloth trim, black dashboard and centre console, while a grey roof trim prevents the overall ambience from being oppressive. The grey roof lining also reinforces the additional interior head, knee and shoulder space that has been generated thanks to the longer wheelbase and smart packaging of the CMF-C platform. 

Nissan Qashqai
2021 Nissan Qashqai

The Premiere Edition

The styling has always been at the heart of the Qashqai's success, and the appeal of the Qashqai Premiere Edition has been elevated thanks to the introduction of a palette of two-tone colour options for a more personalised choice. The following body colours are available with a striking black roof: new blue, pearl grey and pearl white, while the black body colour is available with a grey roof. The Premiere Edition also features integrated roof rails, which are finished in a matt silver.

Additional aesthetic appeal comes in the form of new 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, which complement the new Qashqai's stance.

Life-on-board is given an airy feel thanks to the panoramic roof, with a powered sliding blind to protect occupants on hot and sunny days.

Nissan Qashqai
2021 Nissan Qashqai

Efficient mild hybrid technology

The new Qashqai Premiere Edition is powered by an evolved iteration of the 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine found on the current Qashqai. However, Nissan's engineers have developed it to include mild-hybrid technology. Thanks to the addition of a secondary Lithium-ion battery system, the new Qashqai offers extended idle stop, quicker restart and coasting stop (automatic only). 

The system will even boost torque under acceleration, offering an additional 6Nm for up to 20 seconds. 

The 1.3-litre engine in the Premiere Edition is available in two configurations: 102kW with six-speed manual gearbox, or 116kW coupled with Nissan's advanced Xtronic gearbox, which is operated via the new, convenient gear selector on the centre console. Additionally, manual control of the Xtronic can be managed via paddles behind the steering wheel. 

Nissan South Africa confirmed that the all-new Qashqai would make its debut in South and Sub-Saharan Africa later this year with exact timing and spec to be released in due course.

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