Nissan’s Qashqai bonus

13 February 2019

NISSAN has introduced a new limited-edition version of its North East-made Qashqai that appears to be a bargain buy, thanks to additional equipment.

Taking the name of Qashqai N-Motion, it is based on the mid-range N-Connecta model but gets a lot of additional equipment for a small additional fee.

The buyer gets extra stuff that the company values at £1,205 for a nominal increase of just £300, so it appears to be a £705 saving.

However, as is always the case with special editions, it is only a bargain if you would have added these items to the standard vehicle anyway, otherwise you are paying for equipment that you may not actually want.

From Nissan’s point of view it makes sound financial sense because they have created a more desirable product to increase sales by adding kit that costs them nothing like the quoted full retail price.

In the case of the N-Motion model the price rises to £25,345 in comparison to £25,045 for the standard N-Connecta model with its Glass Roof Pack.

The newcomer is, however, a good buy for those who really want the extra bits, which include silver bumper plates front and rear, matching door mirror caps and roof rails, plus LED headlamps with adaptive front lighting.

There are also unique new 19-inch Ibiscus alloy wheels and optional gun metallic paint that normally costs £575 alone.

Inside there is a premium makeover courtesy of the redesigned front seats, which now feature burnt orange inserts on the bolsters with matching stitching across the whole seat. Complementary stitching has also been added to the knee pads on either side of the gear selector surround, as well as on the front door trim and top of the storage area between the front seats. It is also replicated on the four individual floor mats that are ambitiously described as ``sports-style.’’

Pet owners and those who transport messy items will appreciate the full-size liner in the boot, which also acts as extra soundproofing.

Integrated as standard is the company’s new NissanConnect, which is the brand’s advanced in-car infotainment system. A Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology, it delivers seamless integration of the driver and vehicle. Features include voice recognition, single line search, Find My Car and Over The Air map and software updates. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included.

Nissan says: ``The additional equipment which is standard on the Qashqai N-Motion means it offers exceptional value for money. ``When combined with the free Gun Metallic paint option (normally £575), the new features equate to £1,205 of extra specification for just a £300 price increase over a standard N-Connecta with Glass Roof Pack (£25,045).’’

The Nissan Qashqai N-Motion is offered with all the usual Qashqai engine options that are available on 2WD versions.

Following its introduction on the new 1.3-litre turbocharged 160bhp petrol engine, the Qashqai is also now available with a continuously variable transmission on 1.5-litre diesel-powered 115bhp versions. The additional engine and transmission combination widens the choice for buyers remaining loyal to the much-maligned oil-burners.

The continuously-variable transmission on the 1.5-litre diesel is offered from Acenta Premium grade to Tekna grade with prices starting at £25,945.

Nissan says that this combination creates a class-leading emissions standard, with a CO2 figure of just 106g/km on 17-inch alloy wheels.

Although the Qashqai is generally credited with creating the so-call crossover class a few years ago, it now competes in what has quickly become the most competitive sector of all markets.