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by Matt Campbell

Pricing and specifications for the new Nissan Qashqai – which replaces the popular Dualis compact SUV – have been revealed ahead of the launch of the new model in July.

The new Nissan Qashqai (pronounced Kash-kai) will pick up where the Dualis left off, with both petrol and diesel models available. This time around, however, all models are front-wheel drive only. Pricing for the all-new model – which will compete with the likes of the Mitsubishi ASX, Skoda Yeti and Volkswagen Tiguan – starts close to the model it replaces: see below for a full price breakdown.

The all-new model is available with the choice of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 106kW of power and 200Nm of torque, with the choice of six-speed manual or CVT automatic transmissions. The manual version has claimed fuel use of 7.7 litres per 100km, while the auto uses 6.9L/100km. Petrol models have a braked towing capacity of 1200kg.

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The diesel version gets a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo unit teamed exclusively to a CVT automatic gearbox. It pumps out 96kW of power and 320Nm of torque. Fuel use for this variant is rated at a claimed 4.9L/100km. Diesel towing is rated at 1400kg braked maximum.

Nissan claims the Qashqai will bring a range of performance enhancements such as a cornering system that can apply individual brakes to improve handling (Active Trace Control), a system that smooths out bumpy sections of road by applying the brakes at certain points (Active Ride Control) and Active Engine Brake, which allows the revs of the engine to help the car slow down.

The car also has an adjustable steering mode system with a Sport setting for “firmer feel and increased feedback”, and the new NissanConnect smartphone integration that provides access to apps on the user’s device such as Facebook, Pandora and Google.

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Other new features for Nissan’s baby SUV include a self-parking system (Intelligent Park Assist) that can select and position the car in parellel and bay parking spots which is available on top-end models, not to mention a blind-spot warning system, lane departure warning, Nissan’s top-view monitor camera system, and LED headlights with automated high beam. A flexible cargo storage system – similar to that seen in the X-Trail – is available on some models.

The Qashqai – like the Dualis before it – is built in the UK. It is based upon the same underpinnings as the new X-Trail, a shared platform known as the Common Module Family that will be utilised by Renault and Nissan as part of those two brands’ alliance.

See below for a breakdown of the model lines and pricing for the new Nissan Qashqai.

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Nissan Qashqai ST (petrol) includes:

– 17-inch alloy wheels
– Roof spoiler
– Automatic headlights
– LED daytime running lights
– Door mirrors with indicators
– NissanConnect smartphone connectivity
– Reverse-view camera
– 5.0-inch QVGA front display
– Cruise control
– Leather-accented steering wheel and gear shift knob
– Electronic park brake
– Front, side and curtain airbags
– Vehicle Dynamic Control, Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist
– Integrated dynamics module
– High mount LED stop lamp
– Front and rear seatbelt warning and alarm
– Immobiliser
– Tether and ISOFIX
– Space saver wheel

Nissan Qashqai TS (diesel) includes all of the spec of the ST plus/or:
– Idle stop-start
– Electric folding mirrors
– Rain-sensing wipers
– Fog lights
– Flexible cargo storage system
– Privacy glass
– Premium cloth trim
– Engine push-button start with smart key entry
– Driver lumbar support
– Rear centre armrest
– Dual-zone climate control
– Six speaker stereo

Nissan Qashqai Ti (petrol) includes all of the spec of the ST plus/or:
– 19-inch alloy wheels
– 7.o-inch QVGA Front Display
– Navigation with traffic monitoring
– Around View Monitor
– Electric folding mirrors
– Privacy glass
– Fog lights
– Roof rails
– Automatic LED headlights
– Panoramic roof
– Engine push-button start with smart key entry
– Rain-sensing wipers
– Leather-accented seat trim
– Front heated seats
– Driver lumbar support
– Rear centre armrest
– Flexible Cargo Storage System
– Six speaker stereo
– Dual-zone climate control
– Blind spot warning
– Lane departure warning
– Moving object detection
– High beam assist
– Driver attention support

Nissan Qashqai TL (diesel) includes all of the spec of the Ti plus:
– Idle Stop-Start

Nissan Qashqai pricing – manufacturer’s list price (with estimated drive-away in brackets):
Petrol models:
Qashqai ST 2.0-litre six-speed manual – $25,850 ($28,949)
Qashqai ST 2.0-litre CVT automatic – $28,490 ($31,667)
Qashqai Ti 2.0-litre six-speed manual – $32,490 ($35,787)
Qashqai Ti 2.0-litre CVT automatic – $34,990 ($38,365)
Diesel models:
Qashqai TS 1.6-litre CVT automatic – $33,200 ($36,521)
Qashqai TL 1.6-litre CVT automatic – $37,990 ($41,455)




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