Introduction to the Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai is part of the company’s family of crossover vehicles offering a choice of four levels of trim.

The Nissan Qashqai sits with the larger Qashqai+2 sibling and the compact Juke in the crossover section of the company’s output.

The Nissan plant in Sunderland maintained 24-hour production of the Qashqai during 2011 making an average of 1,200 vehicles every day with more than 80 per cent of production exported from the UK.

A  Pure Drive version of the Nissan Qashqai is equipped with a 1.6-litre dCi engine linked with the Stop/Start system already in place on the 1.6-litre petrol car.

The 1.6-litre diesel replaces the 2.0dCi unit in manual guise. The oil burner has carbon dioxide emissions of 119g/km. It has a power output of 130PS and a peak torque figure of 320Nm developed at 1,750rpm with some 80 per cent available from 1,500rpm.

The Nissan Qashqai’s top speed is 118mph, with 0-62mph taking 10.3 seconds on the two-wheel drive model.

Acceleration in the 30-50mph bracket is 6.29 seconds. The Nissan Qasqai’s combined fuel consumption is 62.8mpg.

The four-wheel drive version of the Nissan Qashqai emits 135g/km of carbon dioxide.

The crossover has a Stop/Start system which automatically stops the engine and selects neutral when the car comes to a standstill, restarting the engine it as soon as the driver presses the clutch.

A Nissan-developed continuously variable transmission is available on the 117PS 1.6-litre petrol-powered Qashqai.

The Nissan Qashqai has a visual parking aid called  Around View Monitor fitted as standard to all n-tec+ and Tekna models.

The system uses external cameras that gives the driver a real-time bird's eye view of the surrounding environment.

It works with the Nissan Connect touch screen navigation system adding three additional cameras to the Qashqai's existing rear view system to create a 360-degree overview.

The driver in the crossover vehicle can focus on the image feed from any camera when checking for an obstacle in front, behind or to either side.

The latest Nissan Qashqai has revamped bonnet, grille, wings and headlamps at the front as well as refreshed rear lights and a re-profiled tailgate at the rear.

Changes from the used Nissan Qashqai also involve the alloy wheels as well as aerodynamic alterations including full-length underbody panels. The Nissan Qashqai’s Cd figure is 0.33.

The cabin sees materials and instruments altered with a small number of mechanical alterations including retuned dampers.