Nissan has unveiled its second-generation British-made, designed and engineered Nissan Qashqai, with new engines, improved refinement and a larger interior. Order books are now open, with deliveries expected to start in January 2014. The second generation crossover hopes to win over old and new customers with a number efficiency improvements: weight has been cut by 40kg and the car’s aerodynamics have been streamlined to reduce drag and improve fuel consumption.
The powetrain line-up consists of four engines – two petrol and two diesels – and the choice of two or four-wheel drive. A 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol engine with 114bhp will kick off the range and returns a claimed 50mpg while emitting 129g/km of CO2. A more powerful 1.6-litre petrol unit, with 148bhp, will be added in July 2014 and return an equal 50mpg, but emit 132g/km.
The entry-level diesel will be an ultra-efficient 1.5-litre dCI unit, which will emit just 99g/km of CO2 and return a claimed 74mpg. A top of the range 128bhp 1.6-litre diesel will also be on offer, featuring thermal management to reduce warm-up and friction losses. In two-wheel drive the 1.6 will emit 115g/km and return 74mpg, while the four-wheel drive transmission will increase those numbers to 119g/km and 54mpg.
Nissan has created a new chassis control system for both the two and four-wheel drive versions of the Qashqai, to improve the car’s stability and control. Active ride technology will monitor the wheel speed to detect any undulations in the car’s ride, while a new Active Trace Control system will keep an eye on the trajectory of the car and mimic a limited slip differential to improve traction and eliminate understeer. Hill start assist will also be included to make it easier to start the car on steep inclines.
Technology plays a big part in the new Qashqai and top-spec models will get traffic sign recognition, motorway lane departure warning and blind spot system that will alert the driver if a passing car is hidden from the mirrors. There’ll also be a front collision avoidance system, which will scan the road ahead by using a built-in radar system to stop the car if it detects a potential collision.
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