Nissan is pushing its new mini-SUV upmarket, with an aim to take on the VW Golf, Honda Civic and even Audi A3.
The Qashqai is the first all-British Nissan — it was designed in London, engineered at Cranfield, and will be built at Sunderland. It’s the first European Nissan to be based on the Alliance C platform, shared with the Renault Mégane.
At 1610mm tall, 1780mm wide and 4310mm long, and with a 2630mm wheelbase, the Qashqai is 100mm longer than a typical hatchback but 150mm shorter than a typical SUV. Similarly, it is around 100-150mm taller than rival hatches but around 130mm lower than most SUVs.
Four engines will be available — the 1.6-litre petrol from the Note, a new 2.0-litre petrol producing 138bhp, and 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre Renault turbodiesels.
The Qashqai is ostensibly a replacement for the Almera, but Nissan is keen to push it towards Golf and A3 territory. So the 2.0-litre models will be available with the AllMode four-wheel-drive system used on the X-Trail and Murano, and top-spec editions will also get a panoramic glass roof with an electric blind.