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.
Nissan announced its CMF architecture, telling the world that it would underpin 14 models across the Renault-Nissan Alliance in the near future and be in even more widespread use by 2020.
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.