It may be a new year, but there's no stopping Nissan when it comes to launching new models.
This time, the Japanese automaker has revealed another crossover: the new Qashqai. Similar to its predecessor, the third-generation Qashqai slots below the new Rogue/X-Trail that debuted last year.
Unlike before, the Qashqai no longer looks like a smaller version of the X-Trail. Nissan made sure that the new model had a more distinct look compared to its larger sibling. Quite frankly, it looks even better than the X-Trail.
Style-wise, the Qashqai adopts a sharper styling similar to its other new Nissan models. It features the same headlight design featuring boomerang-shaped LED clusters. Meanwhile, the bumper sports a minimalist design with only large vertical intake slats on the edges similar to the new Note. There's a larger, more prominent V-Motion grille.
Despite having a more distinct look from the X-Trail, the new Qashqai still borrows several design cues from its sibling. These can be seen at the crossover's rear end, along with the new slim taillights. Rounding up the exterior changes are the optional 20-inch wheels.
Though a bit harder to see, the new Qashqai is larger than before. Nissan says it is 35mm longer, 32mm wider, and 25 mm taller. The wheelbase has also been stretched by 20mm to provide more space and legroom in the cabin.
Speaking of the interior, the cabin appears to have been carried over from the Rogue. From the dashboard to the center console, nearly everything identical. In front of the driver sits a 12.3-inch digital display paired with a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Nissan also offers a 10.8-inch heads-up display as an optional extra. Safety-wise, the Qashqai is equipped with the brand's latest ProPilot driver assistance system.
As far as powertrains, Nissan is keeping it simple with the Qashqai. Only two powertrain options are available. The first is a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a 12V mild-hybrid system that produces either 138 HP or 156 HP, depending on the tune. The transmission options include a 6-speed manual and an Xtronic gearbox. The other option uses Nissan's e-Power setup similar to the Note. Unlike the 1.2-liter mill, the one in the Qashqai uses a 1.5-liter engine for greater power output at 187 HP and 330 Nm torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is also available.
Nissan exclusively sells the Qashqai in Europe and North America as the Rogue Sport. Unfortunately, the chances of it making its way to the Philippines are slim to none.