We already know that the plush Qashqai will get distinctive and exclusive wheel finishes, so the camouflaged alloys is a giveaway that we’ve caught the upcoming upmarket variant, expected to be badged Tekna+, testing ahead of its launch. It’s also expected to get unique trim parts and a carbon-fibre wheel arch extensions.
Nissan has already confirmed that the Qashqai would feature the brand’s Propilot autonomous tech, which allows single-lane autonomy. This tech is due to be joined in 2018 by an update to Propilot which allows multi-lane autonomy, although this will more likely feature on Japanese models first, before spreading to other markets.
The technology is likely to be only available on higher-spec models with features such as blind spot assist, around view monitor and automatic parking, so expect it to feature on high-spec Tekna cars and above. Depending on Nissan’s strategy with the Tekna+ though, it could be reserved for this model to push people into the range-topper.
Nissan hopes that the Qashqai will continue its winning streak as the best-selling SUV in the UK; it achieved this in 2016 with 62,682 registered across the year, although ever fiercer competition, such as the Seat Ateca, threaten its position as the fifth best-seller overall.