Currently reading: 2017 Nissan Qashqai on sale now, priced from £19,295
A new range-topping trim, more aggressive front end design and semi-autonomous technology all feature on the refreshed Qashqai
Doug Revolta Autocar
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19 July 2017

The facelifted Nissan Qashqai is on sale now priced from £19,295, with production already under way at the brand's Sunderland plant.

The latest model is £500 more expensive than the previous car, but it gains a host of additional technical features.

A new range-topping trim has been added, along with more aggressive front end design and, from spring 2018, new Propilot semi-autonomous technology.

When this is implemented, the Qashqai will be one of the first mainstream SUVs to offer semi-autonomous technology. It will be able to steer, accelerate and brake itself in a single lane on the motorway.

At a later stage, the system will be updated so that it can change lanes by itself. Nissan says by 2020 the Qashqai will be able to navigate through junctions.

"The experience we are delivering to customers inside the cars will be calming and quieter," Nissan's vice-president of product planning for Europe, Ponz Pandikuthira, told Autocar earlier this year. "It is the technology that makes the Qashqai a game-changing car."

The Qashqai has been a global sales sensation for Nissan since its launch in 2006, kick-starting a crossover boom that continues to sweep across the automotive industry.

However, in recent years the Qashqai has faced growing competition from a number of other manufacturers. Cars like the Seat Ateca, Volkswagen Tiguan and Kia Sportage are providing tough rivalry, so this facelift is Nissan’s chance to reassert its dominance in the segment.

Upgrades to the interior of the facelifted Qashqai include a new-look infotainment system and a new steering wheel with updated multi-function controls. 

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An updated options list now includes a seven-speaker sound system, while a new Tekna+ trim tops the range, aimed at the growing market of premium buyers. Tekna+ features new alloy wheels, nappa leather seats and more luxurious materials around the centre console, and it will push the Qashqai into rivalry with premium crossovers such as the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.

Engines will be carried over from the existing Qashqai. That means there will be the same choice of 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre petrol options, as well as 1.5-litre and 1.6-litre diesels.

Safety equipment has been upgraded, too. The automatic emergency braking now gets pedestrian detection, while there’s a rear cross-traffic alert to help while reversing.

The Qashqai will be built at Nissan's Sunderland plant alongside the Leaf, which is set to be replaced later this year, and Juke, as well as the Q30 and QX30 of sub-brand Infiniti. Sunderland's output last year was 507,436 vehicles.

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Lanehogger 19 July 2017

Over 25% more expensive than 10 years ago

It's suprising to see how much some car prices have gone up during the past 10 years. Ok, there may not necessarily be a like for like equivalent to the cheapest Qasqhai when the first generation model was launched in 2007, but back then the entry level model cost around £5k-£6k less than the cheapest version of this new facelifted model.

Shrub 7 July 2017

Weedy and thirsty

The real world economy of the petrol versions is very poor compared with Ateca and its TSI engined siblings. The Qashqai was also shown to have a particularly dirty Diesel engine in real world testing so yes, sort the engines Nissan (and lift the roofline a couple of inches so that the top half of the car is more in proportion to the bottom), looks like an elephant sat on it. Otherwise lovely.
The Apprentice 7 July 2017

Not only the engines are

Not only the engines are weedy but the CO2 (hence company car tax) is not too impressive. They clearly have no solution and are afraid to offer more power as their CO2 would price them out the fleet market. If BMW can do a large 3 series with 163bhp, autobox and 99g/km then how poor is a 2wd 110bhp at 103g/km? .. I don't understand why wouldn't they just go to a dealer, buy a BMW and pull the engine apart to see how its done? (even cheater Audi in a big A4 can hit 99g/km with 150bhp)