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by Jez Spinks

The 2014 Nissan Dualis has been spotted hot-weather testing in southern Europe in thinly layered camouflage, allowing our illustrator to create a realistic preview of next-generation tall-riding hatchback.

Whether you view the Dualis – known as Qashqai in Europe – as a big hatch or a compact SUV, this has been a hugely popular vehicle for Nissan since the vehicle was released in 2007.

The Nissan Dualis will adopt a slightly more aggressive exterior design, the Japanese company has promised.

Nissan Dualis illo rear side

The details that can be seen at the front – such as the larger headlights and broader grille – suggest some design influence will come from the 2012 Nissan Hi-Cross concept, though that show car was also meant to be a pointer to the next Nissan X-Trail that will share the Dualis’s platform and is expected to move away from its traditional off-roader styling.

Petrol and diesel engine options will again be offered. A 1.6-litre turbo diesel developed by alliance partner Renault is expected to be available in two states of tune, while a 1.2-litre turbo is rumoured to be replacing the non-boosted 1.6-litre petrol in Europe.

Nissan Dualis 2014 spied 2

A normally aspirated 2.0-litre may well continue in markets such as Australia.

Buyers will again have a choice of front- or all-wheel-drive versions of the Nissan Dualis, while for those looking for extra performance a Nismo model is also anticipated.

Nissan Dualis 2014 spied 4

European speculation, however, suggests the Dualis +2 seven-seater variant will be dropped for the new range.

The new Nissan Dualis/Quasqai is expected to be unveiled before the end of 2013.

Illustrations by Poblete

  • JNE

    “Whether you view the Dualis – know as Qashqai in Europe – as a big hatch
    or a compact SUV, this has been a hugely popular vehicle for Nissan
    since the vehicle was released in ???.”

    Car Advice – You may want to find out when it was released.

  • DangerMouse

    Did they run out of money to paint the usual black and white shapes on it, and instead thought ‘hey lets go to the $2 shop and buy a crap load of rubbish bags and stick them on the outside instead’ – having said that I have a current series Dualis – has been a great car.

    • Max

      Meh, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Camouflage is only skin deep.

  • Smart US

    looks too Great Wall-ish… sinorita on the last photo does not look too impressed – shoes dont go with the rest of the dress


    From the quality of the panels and the paint work, looks like it will still be made in the UK.

    • Nick

      Ahahaha, the UK-made models aren’t thaaaat bad.

  • Des KSA

    Looks like a Mythbusters challenge of making a car with duct tape.

  • charlie

    looks like they may have stolen saabs design philosophies here…

  • matt

    well, ill give it a compliment, looks like a huge improvement, not so “try hard French” this time around.

    • Darryl

      I reckon there’s a bit of family resemblance to the Renault Captur. And it sounds like the European version will have the same 1.2 Turbo. And hot weather testing in Spain? Could have tried somewhere really hot.

  • Big Golf

    ‘our illustrator’?

    Poblete works freelance and I’ve already seen these on AutoExpress.

  • klowik

    Is it a concept or the production picture ? Hope the exhaust pipes will remain the same as in the picture in the production model.

    • Drooby

      Try reading the first sentence of the article.

  • Zaccy16

    rear angle view looks alright but the front is down right ugly!

  • marc gc

    murano lookalike?

  • Shaun

    I really like the design of this, much better than any of it’s competitors (e.g. Ix35, who in their right mind would buy one?!). Hopefully it’s a good drive and I’d likely give one a look in.

  • henry

    Looks good… bring on a Auto diesel quick…!!

  • Rupert

    Yuk, yuk, yuk! I dont like that Murano look!

  • al

    Are SUV drivers feeling superior, sitting up high, driving in the city with a high bonnet?…I honestly never understood the love affair people have with SUV’s. Offroad they’re useless, onroad they handle worse than sedans, and they don’t fit more luggage than a wagon. Either get a proper 4WD, a proper Sedan or a proper wagon. The between is just weird, ugly, not practical and poor value for money IMO.

    • Visitor

      I disagree. We recently purchased a Dualis, it has excellent interior flexibility. There was no way we would be able to fit a fridge or BBQ in the back with one of these ‘proper sedans’ or some 4wds. With the Station wagon’s manufacturers need to lift their game. No young professional wants to be driving a boring station wagon around town.