Following what seemed to be an endless string of teasers, Nissan has officially unveiled the second generation of the Qashqai which is programmed for a January 2014 market release. The Japanese crossover adopts a special greenhouse and what seems to be a clamshell-like hood as well as an attractive sloping roofline. It looks considerably more premium than its predecessor and features LED-infused headlights. The interior cabin looks more upscale than before thank to the implementation of better materials, along with metallic accents, a glossy black trim and “zero-gravity” seats.
Nissan says the cargo capacity has increased while the cabin has gained a new generation of the NissanConnect infotainment system with Internet connectivity and a 7-inch touchscreen display. Power will come from a 115 HP 1.2-liter DIG-T engine, a 1.6-liter DIG-T with 150 HP, as well as from a 1.5-liter dCi rated at 110 HP and a 1.6-liter dCi outputting 130 HP.
These engines will be mated to a manual gearbox sending power to the front axle, but for money customers will be able to opt for an Xtronic continuously variable transmission and an ALL-MODE 4×4-i system. Compared to its predecessor, the new Qashqai is up to 40 kg lighter thanks to the fact that it rides on the Common Module Family (CMF) architecture co-developed by Nissan with Renault.