The next generation of the Nissan Qashqai has been confirmed for a debut later on this in November.
According to the firm’s vice-president Andy Palmer, the new Qashqai is going to adopt an innovative design which will be considered as more upscale compared to the current model that we see on the streets today.
Although this isn’t really revealing at all, chances are the new Qashqai will borrow some styling cues from the Hi-Cross Concept that was showcased at last year’s edition of the Geneva Motor Show.
As far as engine lineup is concerned, this hasn’t been confirmed at this moment but most likely it will include a 1.6-liter diesel, along with a 1.2-liter supercharged gasoline mill rated at 113 bhp (84 kW) and a peak torque of 140 lb-ft (190 Nm). Rumors are emerging about a potential plug-in hybrid variant but this will not see the light of day until at least 2015.
The second generation of the Nissan Qashqai will allegedly ride on a brand new modular platform which will be utilized in the future on several sedans, along with the next-gen X-Trail. As standard, the 2014 Qashqai will have a front-wheel drive arrangement but for more money clients will be able to opt for an all-wheel drive setup.
The vehicle is scheduled to go on sale towards the beginning of 2014 and it should have just about the same price tag as the current generation.
The aforementioned Nissan Hi-Cross Concept was powered by a hybrid powertrain consisting of a direct-injection, 2.0-liter gasoline engine working together with an electric motor. Nissan said at the time of the concept’s debut that the vehicle is capable of offering just about the same level of performance as a 2.5-liter engine but with the fuel consumption and emissions of a smaller mill.
The Hi-Cross is fitted with the company’s XTRONIC CVT while the drivetrain was developed in such a way so that it is compatible with both FWD and AWD arrangements. In terms of styling, it packs a V-shaped front grille which is integrated into the headlights, while inside the cabin we notice a very bold and futuristic approach with a touchscreen-based control system sitting in the center area of the dashboard. Chances are the interior cabin will be radically changed once the new Qashqai will be out.
Note: Nissan Hi-Cross Concept pictured