Fresh looks, new tech and more kit for revised range

Australian details for the updated 2018 Nissan Qashqai range have been revealed, with the revised SUV to kick off at $26,490 plus on-road costs.

The price of entry is up $500 over the outgoing model, though the increase is offset by extra equipment and several upgrades to improve ambience and noise, vibration harshness (NVH) levels.

Both the TS and TL diesel models have been dropped due to slow sales, making the 106kW/200Nm 2.0-litre aspirated petrol engine the sole powertrain.

All variants now come with autonomous-emergency braking (AEB) and forward-collision warning as standard, in addition to lane-departure warning.

Kicking off the range is the ST (above)– the only variant available with a six-speed manual transmission, though a CVT automatic is available from $28,990.

Standard kit on the base car includes 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime-running lights, a 5.0-inch infotainment system, USB and AUX inputs, bluetooth phone and audio streaming, six-speaker audio system, leather-accented steering wheel, cloth seat trim, and an intelligent key with push-button start.

There's also a rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, one-touch up/down function for all four windows, and an electric parking brake with auto-hold function.

Next in the range is the new ST-L (above, from $32,990), which essentially takes the spot of the now-defunct TS diesel variant.

Additional specification includes 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, fog-lights, privacy glass, electric folding and heated door mirrors, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, DAB+ digital radio, partial leather trim, heated front seats, electric driver's seat adjustment, and a 360-degree camera system with moving object detection.

All grades from the ST-L up come as standard with the CVT automatic as standard.

The N-Tec (above, $36,490) serves as flagship, at least until the Ti takes over in mid-2018.

Over the ST-L, the N-Tec gets 19-inch alloy wheels, dusk-sensing adaptive LED headlights, a panoramic glass sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, a rear centre armrest, dual-zone climate control, blind spot monitoring, automatic parking assistant, intelligent driver alert, high beam assist, and ambient interior lighting.

Meanwhile, the Ti will start from $37,990 when it arrives halfway through next year. Compared to the N-Tec, the Ti will get nappa leather seat trim, adaptive cruise control and lane assist.

Due to production delays with the new safety tech, the driver assist systems in the Ti won't be available globally until March 2018 - hence the wait.

As before, the Nissan Qashqai range is covered by a three year, 100,000km warranty with up to six years/120,00km of capped-price servicing.

The updated Nissan Qashqai range is on sale now.

2018 Nissan Qashqai pricing

ST - $26,490/$28,990 (man/CVT)

ST-L - $32,990

N-Tec - $36,490

Ti - $37,990 (mid-2018)

(All prices exclude on-road costs)