The new 2018 Nissan Qashqai is here with us again. And despite having now more than 20 competitors nipping at its heels, looks set and ready to guarantee its place in the automotive history journals. In a segment thronged by so many bloodsucking rivals, the Qashqai has unashamedly still managed to cut a 10.3% slice for itself thanks to its efforts in constantly integrating customer feedback with its design language.
With approximately 2.3 million sold in Europe since first debuting in the C-SUV segment, it remains as the most successful model in Nissan’s 83 year old history. And as if that’s not enough, the Qashqai has no less than 80 awards to its name.
But what’s unique about the Nissan Qashqai that makes it so appealing? Good question. One thing that it probably does so well is securing itself as an urban crossover. It mixes both desirability and practicality with the efficiency, and driving dynamics of a hatchback. Moreover, the recent changes it has had come to further solidify and strengthen its position as the ultimate crossover in Europe.
Nissan being what it is has integrated every enhancement with the customer feedback it has had. According to a research concluded recently, existing buyers had a desire for a more sophisticated and contemporary look, additional premium features, and new safety technologies and extra refinement. And guess what? That’s what the 2018 Nissan Qashqai brought with it.
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First, Nissan has offered it a new grade knows as Tekna+. It’s all-new and should be the premium choice for buyers not only looking to get from point A to point B but also looking to get there feeling comfortable and stylish. The Tekna+ will be a new addition to the existing lineup that consists of four – N-Connecta, Acenta, Visia, and Tekna.
The other upgrades can be seen in the cabin. Highest quality soft Nappa leather trimmings are plastered all over the new premium seats. Again, the same exclusivity, which is a first for Nissan in Europe by the way, continues on the rear seats where black leather is offered as a standard feature. Buyers have a choice of also opting for rich plum color at no additional costs.
Next, the new 2018 Qashqai features another first for Europe – electrically controlled four-way pneumatic lumbar support. What this allows customers to do is to reduce fatigue by enhancing comfort achieved by fine-tuning their seating positions. Additionally, the two door mirrors are now linked to seat memory functionality.
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The exterior is stylish as it is dramatic. It features what Nissan calls ‘Premium Dynamism’, which lends it a contemporary new look. Revisions lead from the front. To begin with, the bumper has been integrated on the front. Another aesthetic change is probably the greater use of color.
Just like the X-Trail, the new Qashqai also features the latest incarnation of Nissan’s iconic ‘V-motion’ grille. Two versions are available. Those with Intelligent Emergency Braking and those without. The N-Connecta happens to be one with the IEB. It is flat-finished meaning that radar waves can pass without hindrance. Previously the IEB was fitted just beneath the grille and not on the ‘V Motion’ badge.
Another driver assisting functionality that has been stealthily integrated with the exterior styling include the Intelligent Around View Monitor and Nissan’s innovative 360 degrees parking camera. These technologies have been integrated within the grille’s chrome surround that houses the front camera.
Another manifestation of the new language is perhaps the ‘boomerang’ DRL signature. There’s also the Adaptive Front Lighting System that operate in conjunction with the vehicle’s steering inputs and speeds. The system is also integrated to work with High Beam Assist. This will go a long way in improving safety through greater illumination – the High Beam Assist is a first for Nissan in Europe.
Around back, the new 2018 Qashqai receives a more premium finish and contemporary shape. It now gets rear parking sensor that are now flush to the surface. Previously they were integrated into the bumper but the finish didn’t look quite good as they hoped it would. As subtle as the changes here may seem, we appreciate Nissan’s attention to detail.
Exterior dimensions are as follows: 4,394mm – length, 1,806mm – width, and 1,595mm – height. The exterior color palette also sees two new additions – Chestnut Bronze and Vivid Blue.
2018 Nissan Qashqai Interior
The same attractive silhouette manifested on the exterior surface continues inside. In a nutshell, the interior is refined, top-notch, and more driver-oriented than before.
The first thing that catches the attention of the driver is perhaps the striking new steering wheel. It is one element that best symbolizes Nissan’s new design language. It’s D-shaped, which means the driver has easier ingress and egress. And not only is it just relevant functionally but aesthetically as well. It lends a sportier look and feel.
Material quality is of high quality. Interior door handles and air vents benefit from higher-quality, more tactile materials. There’s also a leather-style gaiter that’s offered for buyers of Qashqai models fitted with CVT Xtronic automatic transmission system.
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But what better way is there to enjoy the driving quality and feel than to have premium seats? Unsurprisingly, the new Qashqai adds its premium offering by completely refreshing all grades above the N-Connecta. They have tapered shoulders and higher back for better comfort.
Infotainment and entertainment was also at the top of Nissan raft of changes for 2018. For infotainment, there’s the NissanConnect and DAB digital radio. The user interface is crisp, intuitive, and smartphone-like operated. For entertainment, the new Nissan Qashqai gets an all-new Bose premium sound system. It features a whopping eight-speakers, 25mm tweeters, 165mm and 115mm woofers, and a 130mm mid-range speaker. The resulting audio experience is concert like with enhanced tonal balance.
Engine Specs & Performance - Nissan Qashqai 2018
Beneath the hood, the new Qashqai comes with a range of carry over engines. The range consists of a choice of diesel or petrol, and a CVT Xtronic or six-speed manual. Also, there’re two wheel drives. Although Nissan is yet to make the full specifications known to the public, we know a thing or two about the 1.5L diesel powerplant.
It produces 110PS as its output and has been hailed to be the segment leader when it comes to fuel economy and carbon emissions. Speaking of these, buyers should expect a fuel economy rating of just 3.8 liters for every 100 kilometers travelled, and 99g of carbon emissions for the same distance.
Nissan Qashqai Release Date & Price
According to rumors – as Nissan is yet to give a public pronouncement – the new model should be expected in dealerships sometime in the fall of 2017 as a 2018 year model. Pricing should start from around $25K for the base model, at least according to our crystal ball.