Nissan Qashqai upgrade

14 September 2018

NISSAN is offering its hugely-successful Qashqai range with a new diesel engine that offers more power and lower emissions.

Despite the demonization of diesels, car makers are hitting back by making the engines cleaner than ever, whilst pointing out that unlike petrol models they do not generate any carbon emissions at all.

In the case of the locally-made Qashqai there is a new 1.5-litre oil-burning engine that raises power from 110bhp to a new high of 115bhp, with 260Nm of torque, or pulling power.

There is also an overboost function for short periods of additional power, such as when overtaking, which generates an extra 25Nm of torque for up to 15 seconds.

Economy is claimed to be virtually 75mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 100g/km.

The engine is 90 per cent new and incorporates a special catalyst to reduce nitrogen oxides, which enables it to comply with the stringent new regulations.

Nissan’s Sunderland-made Qashqai is its most popular model ever sold in Europe, with more than two million made in just over a decade.

The range recently received a significant make-over, with upgrades that focus on a more striking exterior design, improved interior quality and an enhanced driving experience.

New so-called Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies have also been added, continuing the company’s drive towards zero emissions and fatalities. It means that the Qashqai is now offered with ProPILOT autonomous drive capability, which controls the steering, acceleration and braking whilst keeping the vehicle in its own lane on highways.

The enhanced premium appeal is most obvious in the cabin, with an improved layout and higher-quality materials.

The new range-topping Tekna+ grade gets new seats trimmed in soft nappa leather, with 3D quilting on the centre panels.

Also new is a D-shaped multi-function steering wheel with satin-chrome inserts and a new four-way controller for the combimeter display.

The NissanConnect infotainment system with DAB digital radio and satellite navigation, gains a smarter new user interface.

There is also the new option of a BOSE seven-speaker premium sound system.

Outside, the headlamps have been revised with a new version of the ‘boomerang’ daytime running light signature, plus the addition of adaptive front lighting that improves night-time safety.

There are two new paint colours of Vivid Blue and Chestnut Bronze.

Beneath the skin are modifications to the suspension, damping and steering systems plus improved use of absorption materials and increased rear glass thickness to reduce road, engine and wind noise.

The suite of advanced safety features now includes Intelligent Emergency Braking that is being upgraded with Pedestrian Recognition in addition to Rear Cross Traffic Alert to mitigate the risk of low-speed impacts when reversing out of a parking space, which becomes available on the Qashqai for the first time. Other features include Traffic Sign Recognition, Driver Attention Alert, Intelligent Park Assist, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Warning.