Nissan took a huge punt on the original Qashqai, and this time, unsurprisingly, it is being rather more conservative. As such, the new model follows the massively successful formula.
Built on a new Renault-Nissan Alliance Common Module Family (CMF) platform, the new Qashqai is 47mm longer than its predecessor, while being lower and a touch wider. Hence it looks a bit more dynamic and slightly less amorphous than before, with sharp lines and attractive detailing. Certainly, its appearance will do it no harm in a sector that is now thriving with alternatives.
Rather than being a common platform, CMF is a group of modular areas such as the engine bay, cabin and separate front and rear body elements. This allows it to be expanded to cater for a greater range of vehicles of different sizes.
The CMF architecture will provide a home for 11 Renaults, including the closely related Renault Kadjar and the forthcoming Koleos. Nissan, meanwhile, is using it first in the car you see here, followed by the new X-Trail and, in the US only, the Rogue.
What’s the same as before is that the Nissan Qashqai was designed in London, built in Sunderland and engineered mostly in the UK or Spain, giving it, Nissan claims, suspension ideally suited to European roads.