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.
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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