Nissan phases out n-tec+ trim level of big-selling crossover and replaces it with a new, higher-specification 360 variant
Matt Burt
7 January 2013

The new Nissan Qashqai 360, unveiled today, will become the UK's best-selling version in the smash-hit crossover's range, according to the Japanese manufacturer.

As the first-generation Nissan Qashqai enters the final stretch of its production cycle before a new version arrives in 2014, the new Qashqai 360 variant replaces the outgoing n-tec+ model and sits between the mid-spec Acenta and top-level Tekna trims.

The n-tec+ trim level accounted for about 60 per cent of all Qashqai sales in the UK last year, and Nissan expects the new variant to carry on that trend, because it offers a higher specification for the same £19,945 starting price.

Like the n-tec+, the Qashqai 360 features Nissan's Connect with 360-degree monitor system, which integrates satnav with Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity along with four cameras to offer a 'helicopter view' when parking. Standard equipment also includes 18in alloys, rear privacy glass and a panoramic roof.

On top of that is a range of style-led additions including part-leather trim, a gloss black gearlever surround, gloss black doorhandles and a leather armrest. The exterior gets gloss black roof rails, door mirrors and '360' badging.

A new pearlescent paint, called Storm White, has been added to the colour range and is available for the same price as metallic paint as a £500 option.

The 360 trim level is available across all engine and transmission variants and can be specified on both the five-seat Qashqai and the seven-seat Qashqai+2.

The Qashqai 360 is on sale now and prices start at £19,945 for the two-wheel-drive, 116bhp 1.6-litre petrol version.

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7 January 2013

360 cameras any use I like the reversing one but not sure on the small screen the others are much help. How about fitting an engine with more poke Nissan?

7 January 2013

Those black wheels are an eyesore.

7 January 2013

In Photo 8, it says that if you look closely you can see the 360 badge. Really can't see it

7 January 2013

to snag your pants on that chicken-wire on the front seats.

8 January 2013

So where does the clever money go do you buy last run of the old model with all the extras or wait for the new model!  From a financial point of view I suppose you need to compare depreciation and running cost for the time you expect to keep the car.  In the case of cars humanature tends towards the new over old.

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