Autocar's spies snap stretched quasi-4x4 on test in Germany
21 May 2007

Nissan is looking at broadening the appeal of its British-built Qashqai hatchback-cum-4x4 with a long-wheelbase seven-seat version, Autocar can reveal.

Our spy photographers caught this extended-wheelbase Qashqai test car in Germany, being driven by engineers from Nissan’s UK R&D centre at Cranfield in Bedfordshire. A 200mm insert has been added between the B-pillar and the rear wheelarch to accommodate a third row of seats.

A Nissan source said this car was one of several options being considered by Nissan to widen the Qashqai range. In America, Nissan sells the Qashqai-based Rogue; that car has a longer-wheelbase than the standard Qashqai anyway, so the mechanicals already exist for a bigger Qashqai.

A seven seat Qashqai would create a range of cars that starts at under £14,000 as rivals for VW’s Golf and Ford’s Focus, rising to over £20,000 for the seven-seater as a rival for anything from midi-MPVs like the Renault Grand Scenic to soft-roaders such as the Mitsubishi Outlander.

Over 4500 Qashqais have been sold since its launch in March – a decent number for a risky, brand new model in a very competitive market.

Our Verdict

Nissan Qashqai 2007-2014

The Nissan Qashqai is short on cabin flexibility next to newer rivals but offers a comfortable, fuss-free drive

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK