Wednesday, April 29, 2015


All newer Nissan Qashqai was initially discharged in 2007, and from that point forward, its taken the little hybrid fragment by tempest, with more than two million units created. Presently there's a second era on offer, and it dons a more honed, better-looking outside configuration, expanded inside space with updated innovation, and a more effective drivetrain range that'll spare the climate and taste the dino juice. It's an imperative revive for the Japanese automaker, and it shows up as if the new model keeps all the great while revitalizing the rest. 

That is critical in an auto that sets numerous norms in the always extending hybrid portion. To keep its move going, Nissan was tasked with changing the Qashqai sufficiently only to legitimize its second-gen status, however more like to wreck the old recipe. The outcome ought to be something that keeps the same clients returning, while in the meantime attracting new in new buyers. One critical part to keeping a popular car fresh is tweaking the exterior just enough to stand out from the previous model. To this end, Nissan altered the aesthetics to something that looks a bit sharper and more muscular, while still clearly maintaining ties with the first generation.

Starting in the front, we find a fascia that’s crisper and more heavily creased. The headlights are more angular than those in the first gen, while the grille and lower air dam have been enlarged and now offer a scowling expression when viewed head on. The lower fog lights received a polished surround, while the black trim lining the bottom of the car has been reduced in size.

This tough plastic apron continues along the flanks, lining the wheel wells and visually raising the Qashqai farther from the ground. The profile is distinctly more SUV-like in appearance, particularly in the rear half of the car where the short and stubby hatchback lines are tossed in favor of a stronger-looking C-pillar and rear quarter panel.

In the back, the taillights have been elongated into the sides of the car, stretching further from the rear hatch. The trailing roof spoiler also appears extended. The lower bumper lights have been squared and tucked more neatly into the lower apron.

Overall, it’s the kind of update you’d expect, with a dash of extra beefiness, aggression, and perceived premium quality. Dimensionally, Nissan added a bit more girth as well, giving the new model 1.85 inches of extra length and 0.79 inch of extra width. It’s also 0.59 inch lower than before. Nissan claims that despite these changes, front and rear headroom levels have actually increased by 0.39 inch, with the higher driving position still in place.

Rollers include optional 19-inch alloys. The new front end features LED daytime running lights on all models, with some versions equipped with full LEDs for the headlights, both low and high beams. Nissan claims LEDs provide “a whiter, crisper light, not only using 50 percent less power than Xenon bulbs, but also producing light closer in color to sunlight resulting in better visibility at night.”All new Qashqai comes equipped with a radar system however as opposed to mounting this to the outside of the auto or in the grille, Nissan designers put it behind the guard, smoothing the general appearance. This likewise assists with air motion, which sees a general increment in proficiency, introducing a drag coefficient of only 0.32, which isn't too terrible for a tall hybrid. These increases originate from an overhauled rooftop spoiler, winglets and a level floor. There's likewise something many refer to as an Active Grille Shutter framework, which pieces wind current into the radiator. At rates more than 19 mph, the screen closes, decreasing drag, and opening again when the motor needs cooling. This highlight comes standard on models furnished with diesel motors and manual transmissions. The outcomes are lower outflows, enhanced economy and more noteworthy greater stability at speed.A variety of passive and active safety technology is available in the new Qashqai. It’s part of Nissan’s Safety Shield, which incorporates Forward Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert and Traffic Sign Recognition.

Drivers are given the option to tailor various automatic settings through a single interface customizing things like how early the headlights will turn on using a new meter display located between the speedometer and tachometer in the gauge cluster. These functions are controlled by switches on the steering wheel.Trunk space has expanded by 0.7 cubic foot, presenting to 15.16 cubic feet aggregate of baggage limit with the back seats in position, which Nissan cases bests other C-section opponents like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. Travelers likewise show signs of improvement headroom and legroom. The more extensive body assists with shoulder room, while the entryway openings have likewise been updated for simpler entrance and departure. 

The tailgate has been enhanced for stacking and emptying by opening 5.9 inches higher than anytime recently. There's likewise a double floor framework for more adaptability. These two reversible floor boards can be brought or brought down up in 16 unique setups for enhanced utilization of space. The back board can likewise space into a vertical arrangement to hold things like shopping packs all the more safely. The heap spread fits under the gear floor for bulkier things, while the baggage sheets are done with a "wipe-clean" surface on one side and cover on the other, in the event that you're transporting messier things.The redesign for the seats used “advanced medical scanning techniques and were inspired by NASA to analyse pressure and blood flow in the lower back of seated passengers.” Nissan claims this offers an even support system, with additional bolsters for the pelvis, lumbar and chest area, thus reducing fatigue on long-distance trips. Pretty neat.

You’ll find a few upgrades to common features too, like a longer wire for the USB port in the central console that allows passengers to operate the device outside of the console, and an electronic parking brake that frees up space in the cabin for things like cup holders.

Ambient cabin lightning now includes a subtle orange glow around the gearlever. Every aspect of the interior lighting system is controllable by the driver, and was designed to give the Qashqai a “premium look and feel.Nissan has wisely increased the range of engine options, also upping the average efficiency in the process. There are four engines available, two gasoline and two diesel, and all are turbocharged, allowing for lower displacement, fewer emissions and better fuel consumption, all without sacrificing performance. Each engine is also equipped with a Start-Stop ignition, a regenerative alternator, optimized gear ratios and low-viscosity oils, each of which is a standard feature for maximum savings at the pump. Additionally, the new Qashqai is significantly lighter than the old model, dropping over 88 pounds and boosting efficiency even further.
Drivetrains include front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, with either a six-speed manual or the new Xtronic automatic transmission.

The entry-level powerplant is a 1.2-liter DIG-T with 113 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque, which replaces the outgoing naturally aspirated 1.6-liter engine. Emissions are rated at 129 g/km, which is 15 g/km less than the 1.6-liter. Fuel economy is 50.4 mpg.Next on the gas list is a 1.6-liter DIG-T that produces 147 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful engine in the lineup (the diesels have it beat for torque, though). Despite the increased output, CO2 emissions are just a bit above the 1.2-liter, at 132 g/km, while economy is identical at 50.4 mpg.

Opening up for the oil burners is a 1.5-liter dCi unit putting out 108 horsepower. It’s the cleanest and most efficient option, making only 99 g/km of CO2 and getting 74.3 mpg. It’s the sixth iteration of the engine, and is shared with Renault Renault through a joint partnership. Torque sees a 15 pound-foot gain to a total of 191. The engine’s internals have been revamped to offer quieter operation and less vibration, with the removal of the upper torque rod eliminating a “potential noise path from the engine to the cabin.” The weight has also been reduced with lightened components.

Finally, a 1.6-liter dCi with 128 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque rounds out the engine options. This unit features a light, compact design, with a cold-loop, low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system that reduces nitrogen and CO2 emissions. It also has a quicker warm-up phase, which reduces friction losses and fuel consumption. The 1.6-liter diesel will put out 115 g/km and get 64.2 mpg.

Nissan created its new Xtronic automatic gearbox specifically for the Qashqai, and it’s now available on the 1.6-liter diesel engine. According to Nissan, it’s based on the same design as a CVT, but “mimics the behavior of traditional, multi-ratio automatic gearboxes during hard acceleration, with stepped changes. In more gentle driving, the ratios are subtly adjusted to give ultimate smoothness. This means the Xtronic transmission offers the best of both worlds for drivers, with ultra-smooth low-load power delivery and direct performance during higher acceleration driving.

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