New Nissan Qashqai 2014 price & release date
The Nissan Qashqai 2014 has been revealed, here's all you need to know
The Nissan Qashqai 2014 has been revealed and will be launched with a limited-run special edition model. Here's all you need to know about the newcomer.
The new Nissan Qashqai will cost from £17,595 when it goes on sale in January, with 290 cars being built as limited-run Premier Edition models.
Priced at £27,845 – the same as the top of the range Tekna model – all Nissan Qashqai Premier Editions will be fitted with four-wheel drive for extra grip and Nissan's 1.6-litre diesel engine. It produces 128bhp, can manage economy of 64.2mpg and has CO2 emissions of 115g/km for annual road tax of just £30.
The Premier Edition is based on the top-specification Tekna model, so comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps and roof rails on the outside, while inside the car gets heated front seats, sat-nav and a panoramic sunroof.
The Premier Edition adds to this equipment with a special part-leather interior, revised carpets, plus restyled front and rear bumpers, among other exterior additions. The special edition will also feature a unique build-number badge.
Details of the new model comes after months of anticipation for the Nissan Qashqai – one of the UK's most popular SUVs and a car that arguably invented the crossover bodystyle.
TheQashqai is available in four levels of specification that range from the basic Visia model to the top-of-the-range Tekna model. Engines, meanwhile, will include a 1.5-litre diesel that can manage CO2 emissions of 99g/km for free road tax, while still maintaining decent levels of performance and quiet motorway cruising.
Nissan Qashqai 2014 release date and price
The new Nissan Qashqai will be slightly more expensive than the old Qashqai and will be priced from £17,595 for the basic Visia model to £27,845 for the top-specification Tekna. Carrying the same price tag as the Tekna, but with lots of extra kit, the Premier Edition model looks like excellent value.
Nissan Qashqai 2014 details
The new Nissan Qashqai looks similar to the company's 2014 Nissan X-Trail SUV that was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Both cars have sharp looks, with a v-shaped grille, bright LED daytime running lights and a sporty side-on profile thanks to the car being lower than the model it replaces.
The 2014 Qashqai also has an interior that looks much like the one found in the new Nissan X-Trail. It features a five-inch touchscreen, plus a smaller LCD screen that is located between the speedometer and the rev counter. The cabin's also set to be a nicer place to sit in thanks to higher-quality plastics, revised knobs and buttons, plus more comfortable seats.
The new Qashqai is bigger (49mm longer and 20 mm wider) than the model it replaces, so it has more leg and shoulder room. Despite the new car being 15mm lower, headroom is also improved, thanks to the seats being positioned lower in the cabin, for a sportier feel.
The car's boot space has increased from 410 to 430 litres and a reversible boot floor, with a wipe-clean surface, further adds to the car's practicality. The boot floor can also be raised to create a flat floor when the rear seats are down and there's a storage space for the parcel shelf, when it is not in use.
New Nissan Qashqai specs
Four specifications will be offered on the new Nissan Qashqai – Visia, Acenta, Acenta Premium and Tekna. No matter which model you choose, standard-fit equipment includes air-conditioning, Bluetooth, hill-start assist, cruise control, and the five-inch HD screen.
All new Qashqais also come with six airbags, plus tyre-pressure monitors, and is set to be safer than the old Qashqai, which had a five-star Euro NCAP rating.
Opt for Acenta specification, which is priced from £19,145, and you add to the standard equipment with separate climate control settings for the driver and front passenger, front fog lamps, automatic headlights and wipers, as well as a leather covered steering wheel and gearknob.
The Smart Vision Pack is available on Visia and Acenta models, and for £450 includes an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, high-beam assist that automatically dips the headlights, lane departure warning, front collision avoidance, plus front and rear parking sensors.
Starting from £20,995, the Acenta Premium model adds a rear view camera, panoramic sunroof, DAB digital radio, keyless entry and start, as well as a larger seven-inch LCD screen.
Sitting at the top of the model line-up – excluding the limited run Premier Edition – is the Nissan Qashqai Tekna, which gets LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, a heated front windscreen and heated leather seats.
New Nissan Qashqai technology
Included in the top-spec Tekna model is Nissan's Safety Shield. It offers various systems including city braking, which brakes the car when it detects a potential collision, a driver fatigue system that senses the driver falling asleep and uses a series of alerts to warn them, traffic sign recognition that reads signs and displays information like speed limits on the dashboard, plus a lane-departure warning system.
Acenta Premium and Tekna models also have Nissan Connect fitted, which allows you to connect your smartphone to the car and also lets you plot a route on your home computer, before uploading it onto the car's sat-nav.
Tekna models also get Nissan's 360-degree Around View Monitor as standard, which gives a bird's-eye view of the car to help when parking and squeezing through tight gaps.
New Nissan Qashqai specs and engines
All new Nissan Qashqai engines will be turbocharged for increased efficiency. Set to be the most popular is the 1.5-litre diesel, which can manage 74.3mpg and road-tax busting emissions of 99g/km.
A more powerful 128bhp 1.6-litre diesel will also be offered, which can return 64.2mpg and 115g/km CO2 emissions. Petrol engines come in the form of a 113bhp 1.2-litre engine offering 50.4mpg and 129g/km of CO2. There's also a 148bhp 1.6-litre engine that will be the most powerful choice, before the super-fast Nissan Qashqai Nismo arrives in summer 2014.
Customers can choose to specify their Qashqai with either two-wheel drive, for improved economy, or four-wheel drive to give excellent grip in slippery conditions.
Unlike with the old Qashqai, Nissan has confirmed that there will be no Nissan Qashqai+2 model, meaning the new Nissan X-Trail will be the only seven-seat SUV built by Nissan.
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