New Nissan Qashqai n-tec revealed

New n-tec trim grade introduced, plus automatic gearbox for petrol model

The Nissan Qashqai range has been updated with a new n-tec trim level and an automatic petrol model.

N-tec replaces the Acenta Premium specification, so the five Qashqai trim levels are now the basic Visia, followed by Acenta, n-tec, n-tec+ and the top-of-the-range Tekna.

Visually, the changes are limited to a set of unique 18-inch alloy wheels. However, all n-tec models get Nissan's Around View Monitor – a driving and parking aid that provides the driver with a 360-degree view of the car’s surroundings.

They also feature an engine start-stop button, front and rear parking sensors, automatic folding mirrors and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.

Nissan’s Safety Shield technology is fitted as standard. This includes emergency braking, traffic-sign recognition, a lane-departure warning system and high-beam assist, which dips your full-beam headlights automatically when it detects oncoming traffic.

The n-tec+ specification has been made available at the same time. It features a panoramic glass roof and roof rails for an extra £550 over standard n-tec cars.

The new Xtronic DIG-T 115 model is available in Acenta trim upwards and has a 1.2-litre petrol engine paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox. The car is capable of 50.4mpg, while CO2 emissions of 129g/km mean annual road tax of £110. The Xtronic model costs £1,350 more than the manual version, meaning a starting price of £21,145 for the car in Acenta trim.

For reviews of the cars in the current Nissan line-up, including the Qashqai, head over to Carbuyer's Nissan reviews page.

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