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by Tim Beissmann

Nissan has announced that an updated version of the Qashqai (Dualis in Australia) and refreshed ranges of the Pathfinder and Navara will join an exciting display of new vehicles at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

Revealed by CarAdvice in December, the new Dualis receives a front and rear makeover, improved interior technology and NVH improvements.

The underfloor design has been revised to optimise airflow, reducing drag from 0.34 to 0.33 Cd, while weight-loss and low rolling resistance tyres have reduced CO2 emissions from 137g/km to 129.

An eco version of the Qashqai will also be introduced throughout Europe with further aerodynamic improvements and a reduced CO2 output.

Nissan Australia’s Jeffery Fisher told CarAdvice late last year that the updated Dualis is due for a local launch before mid-year.

“We’re going to be looking at May to June, so late in the first half of the year.”

He also confirmed that Nissan was close to bringing the Dualis+2 long-wheel-base seven-seater to Australia which has received a similar facelift.

“We’re looking at final stages of negotiations on that. It obviously depends a lot on pricing and the way we want to position it but we’re pretty hopeful that it’s going to materialise for us.

“We would hope to see that during 2010, but we can’t guarantee that,” Mr Fisher said.

The Pathfinder and Navara will also debut at Geneva with engine upgrades among the highlights.

A new 3.0-litre V6 diesel will join the range offering maximum power outputs of 175kW and a class-leading 550Nm of torque.

The 2.5 dCI engine has also been upgraded to offer 140kW/450Nm, up a handy 14kW/47Nm. Combined cycle fuel economy has improved 1.4 litres/100km to 8.4, while CO2 emissions have dropped 40g/km to 224.

Interior comfort, quality and refinement have all been improved, with Nissan to begin delivering the refreshed line-ups in selected markets from March.

The updated trio will join the new Nissan Micra replacement, Juke crossover, LEAF electric vehicle and the Nissan 370Z roadster on the stand at the Geneva Motor Show from March 2.