The 2017 Nissan Qashqai is one of the best selling ‘small’ SUV models, since its coming on the market in 2007. The saying goes: “Never change a winning team” and that’s exactly what Nissan doesn’t do. A new Qashqai version always looks like the last one, only better. How does Nissan achieve this? Read on.
The 2017 Nissan Qashqai is going to be a slightly updated version of the 2016 Nissan Qashqai, which has only been availabe in Europe up until now. This is beneficial for the U.S. Market. Most brand new models contain software- and technological issues when first put on the market. The advantage of passing the first release is that the later models are likely to have had it fixed already. The 2017 Qashqai will be similar to the European 2016 model, but at which points does it differ?
The Qashqai’s exterior is especially sharper than the previous model. Updating a model doesn’t necessarily have to cost time and manpower. By looking at recently released models from other car manufacturers it’s easy to see what works and what the trends of this moment are. This is exactly what Nissan did with the new Qashqai. It has kept the overall look of the last Qashqai, but now with added features that are a guaranteed success in terms of appearance.
For example, the fascia is updated in such a way that it looks tougher. Especially the sizing down of the headlights and making them look sharper and more slitlike adds to the toughness. Another aesthetic trend applied by Nissan is the more subtle connection of the headlights to the grille. This makes the face look more like an entirety instead of three separate parts. They achieved this by making the grille wider, creating one line from headlight to headlight. The grille itself is reasonably sized, since Nissan serves a public that appreciates luxury but not excess. The hood of the car is more lined and creased, increasing the amount of details on the car.
The chassis locks more onto the wheels, making the car look a little lower to the ground, while seemingly increasing the height. The sides of the car are also more creased than its predecessor. It’s all in the details. The rims are larger than the 2013’s Qashqai, showing more chrome and less tire, certainly adding a tough racerlook, but not overdoing it. The overall line of the side windows has been made sharper and flashier.
Moving on to the back of the car, it’s curvier with a steeper back window. Like the headlights, the taillights look sharper and more fitting in the car’s backside and connect to the nameplate space. All in all, the US-ready Qashqai will truly be a sight for sore eyes!
The US 2017 Nissan Qashqai will be 10 inches (25.4 cm) longer and 2 inches (5.08 cm) wider than its European counterpart.
The increased length and width of the car obviously translates into more interior space. Not only do the passengers have more leg and shoulder room, the trunk size has also increased. What’s amazing about the seats is that they have been designed and developed with medical scanning techniques. This resulted in seats that support the lower and higher back evenly and reduce fatigue and back pain on long trips. It’s possible to push the backseat down. There’s also a “secret room” in the trunk for adding even more cargo space.
The gauges are analog and have a reasonably sized TFT screen in between them. These display the speed limit, navigation directions, and which driving aids are on. In the centre of the dashboard there’s another digital screen, for infotainment, back and front camera and navigation.
There’s an ambient color system around the centre console, giving the Qashqai a little extra touch of style. Optional is a panoramic roof, which can open halfway, but mainly functions for increasing the amount of daylight in the car.
The 2017 Nissan Qashqai will come to the U.S. With four engine options, two gasoline and two diesel ones. The base gas engine will be a 1.2-l turbocharged gasoline engine that can make a maximum output of around 115 hp. The other gas engine will be a 1.6-l four cylinder and can make up to 150 horsepower. The 2017 gas engined Nissan Qashqais will be more fuel efficient, using up 5.6 liters of gas per 100 kilometers (62 miles) driven.
Then there are the diesel engines: a 1.5-liter DCI engine that reaches 110 hp, and a 1.6-l engine, good for 130 hp.
The infotainment system in the middle of the dashboard will be of an easily operable type, connecting your phone to the handsfree set won’t caue any trouble.
Optional or standard on the 2017 Nissan Qashqai will be: double piston shock absorbers for lesser vibrations, new power steering, front collision avoidance with autonomous braking, self-parking, parking assist cameras, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, drowsiness detection based on steering behavior and traffic sign recognition. All these tools help safety of both driver and other traffic users.
The 2017 Nissan Qashqai will start around $28,600.