2018 Nissan Qashqai Revealed
2018 Nissan Qashqai Revealed

2018 Nissan Qashqai Revealed

Nissan used the bright lights of last week's Geneva motor show to debut its facelifted Qashqai mid-size SUV, which features mild revisions to the exterior and interior styling, as well as retuned suspension and steering.

Set to arrive in Australia early next year, the Qashqai is the Japanese car-maker's third-best selling model locally – 12,259 sales in 2016 – as part of the ever-popular local mid-size SUV segment.

A restyled front fascia is dominated by the brand's signature 'V-motion' grille – which is slowly rolling out across Nissan's line-up – as well as narrower lower air intakes and the addition of new side air vents.

The headlight cluster has also seen changes with modified daytime running lights and the adoption of adaptive front lights.

Revisions are less noticeable at the rear-end, but the tail-light cluster has a more pronounced 'boomerang' design signature whilst the rear bumper benefits from silver highlights.

Exterior paint colour options expand to include 'Vivid Blue' – as shown in the released images – and 'Chestnut Bronze.'

Meanwhile, interior upgrades include a revised flat-bottom multi-function steering wheel with satin-chrome inserts, 'NissanConnect' multimedia system with updated user interface, and an optional seven-speaker Bose sound system.

However, Australia will not receive the overseas-only Qashqai Tekna+ range-topper, which is upholstered with quilted Nappa leather for that extra luxurious touch.

Semi-autonomous driving aids will also feature as part of the manufacturer's 'ProPilot' suite, which – for the first time in the Qashqai – includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection and rear cross-traffic alert.

Additionally, other available technologies extend to traffic sign recognition, park assist, surround view monitor, driver attention alert, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning.

Occupants will notice a smoother driving experience, says Nissan thanks to improvements to suspension, damping and steering systems, as well as reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels due to thicker rear glass and added sound absorption materials.

Alloy wheels will come in 17-, 18- or 19-inch sizes depending on the selected variant and options.

Powertrains carry over from the previous model, meaning local examples will employ either the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine with six-speed manual gearbox or continuously variable transmission (CVT), or a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-pot diesel unit that is CVT-only.

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