Nissan Qashqai second gen unveiled
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8th November, 2013
- Segment-leading technology
- Quality interior design, materials
- On sale in UK in February 2014
- Australian release date to be confirmed
Nissan marks another milestone with its cross-over vehicles with the overnight unveiling, in the UK, of the second
generation Qashqai. In Australia this model had been known as Dualis, but when the new model arrives next year it will
come with the Qashqai badge.
Launched originally in 2007, Qashqai/Dualis has found more than 2 million customers. Now, that model is reinvented.
NEW QASHQAI IN BRIEF
Top technology, second generation cross-over design and enhanced dynamics all combine to form the backbone of the new
The striking new Qashqai is 49mm longer than the current model and fractionally lower and wider, giving it a sleek,
poised stance while maintaining the cross-over style, compact dimensions and raised driving position. Distinctive
features - including a clamshell-style bonnet - lend a distinctive appearance while retaining the Qashqai look.
The Qashqai is packed full of innovative technology. It offers drivers a comprehensive suite of advanced technology
features enhancing manyy aspects of driving. Nissan’s Safety Shield technologies now incorporate Front Collision
Avoidance, Driver Attention Support and Traffic Sign Recognition along with several other vital driver aids, while
Intelligent Park Assist takes the stress out of urban manoeuvres. The new Qashqai is designed to make technology more
accessible than ever.
The innovation continues with the new Qashqai’s powertrain range, which is wider and more efficient than ever. Every
engine uses a turbocharger in Nissan's endeavour to reduce capacity, emissions and fuel consumption while maintaining
excellent performance with class-leading CO2 emissions - from only 99g/km. Efficiency is further enhanced
by an extensive weight reduction programme, resulting in 40kg weight loss on some models despite the extensive addition
of new equipment.
While front-wheel-drive variants will account for the majority of sales in most markets, four-wheeldrive ALL-MODE
4x4-i versions will also be available to match a choice of six-speed manual or all-new Xtronic transmissions.
Inside, a dramatic rise in material and design quality adds significant interior appeal to the Qashqai package.
Versatility also remains a core cross-over attribute; Nissan’s engineers have devised innovative ways to make the new
Qashqai fit into drivers’ lives. Delivering greater occupant space and a larger luggage capacity enhanced by a variable
floor system, the new Qashqai even offers space to store the parcel shelf when not in use.
The new Qashqai is based on the new CMF (Common Module Family) Renault-Nissan Alliance platform, bringing outstanding
engineering efficiencies to the consumer.
Developed and engineered in Europe, the new Qashqai has been designed at Nissan Design Europe (London, UK) and Nissan
Technical Centre Europe (Cranfield, UK and Barcelona, Spain), and it will be built in Sunderland, UK. Extensive input has
also come from Nissan’s designers and engineers in Atsugi, Japan.
New Qashqai technology highlights:
- Nissan Safety Shield packages comprising:
- Front Collision Avoidance
- Driver Attention Support
- Traffic Sign Recognition
- Lane Departure Warning
- Blind Spot Warning
- Moving Object Detection
- High Beam Assist
- Chassis Control
- Full LED headlamps which consume 50 per cent of the power of previous Xenon lamps
- Intelligent Parking Assist
- New NissanConnect with smartphone app integration
- Around View Monitor
At the heart of the new Qashqai lies accessible technology. A suite of innovations which, when combined, form a unique
package of driver aids which not only significantly enhance safety and convenience, but deliver exceptional value to
Nissan Safety Shield is a collection of features designed to enhance the safety of occupants in line with Nissan’s
ongoing vision towards zero accidents, a sentiment underlined by the company’s commitment to produce commercially viable
autonomous vehicles by 2020.
In the new Qashqai, Safety Shield technologies include the following features:
Front Collision Avoidance
By scanning the road ahead using a built-in radar system, the Qashqai delivers three levels of assistance. First is an
audible warning, alerting the driver if the gap to the car in front is closing.
Secondly, if the driver does not react, the brakes are automatically partially applied. Finally if the gap is still
closing, the brakes will be applied fully to bring the car to a complete stop if necessary.
Driver Attention Support
The new Nissan Qashqai gets to know you so that it can tell when you are getting drowsy. After taking around 10
minutes to ‘learn’ your driving style, the Nissan Safety Shield will monitor driving inputs, showing a dashboard alert if
steering becomes erratic, indicating the driver should take a break.
European Traffic Sign Recognition
Helping new Qashqai drivers to both stay safe and within the law, speed limit signs are automatically read by the
front-facing camera and displayed to the driver. This function works across Europe, regardless of national sign
typography. It even recognises that some countries enforce a weather dependent lower speed limit if it’s raining, so both
dry and wet weather limits are displayed to the driver.
Lane Departure Warning
A great feature for multi-lane highways, Lane Departure Warning detects if the car is starting to drift out of lane.
Advanced computer programming detects even faint road markings allowing the Qashqai to determine if it is drifting out of
position. If it does, and the driver has not operated the indicators, a warning is given to the driver to correct their
Blind Spot Warning
Nissan's system uses the rear view Around View Monitor camera to detect vehicles in the hidden blind spot areas on
both sides of the Qashqai. If a vehicle is detected in either blind spot, a discreet warning light illuminates in the
glass of the door mirror. If the driver indicates to change lanes and the system detects a vehicle in the danger area,
the light flashes and an audible warning is given.
Moving Object Detection
The Qashqai is available with front and rear parking sensors which deliver audible warnings to the driver when
manoeuvring as well as a visual display via the Qashqai’s dashboard combimeter. On top of this functionality, the
Qashqai also benefits from an enhanced version of the existing model’s Around View Monitor ‘helicopter view’ parking aid.
When stationary, if something moves into the area covered by the four cameras the system will give an audible warning and
highlight the area in which the moving object is detected. Mounted on the tailgate and having a fish-eye lens, the rear
wide view AVM camera has a sweep of vision in excess of 180 degrees, giving it an unparalleled field of vision at the
back of the car. Images from the camera are displayed on the new, larger seven-inch NissanConnect screen.
High Beam Assist
A high resolution camera combined with advanced software has led to a sophisticated automatic high and low headlight
beam function for the new Qashqai. The system optimises the use of the headlamps in order to provide the maximum amount
of light possible for any driving scenario.
Safety Shield is just the start of the Qashqai’s technology story. Other highlights include:
Using Nissan’s very latest ride and handling know-how, Chassis Control enhances both ride and handling, learning from
the development of the GT-R super car and delivering the functionality of a Limited Slip Differential. While the Vehicle
Dynamic Control system (VDC) continues to correct severe traction loss, at lower speeds with lower forces the Active
Trace Control applies specific braking force to each wheel to correct the course of the Qashqai when cornering, giving a
more dynamic feel without interfering with the driving experience. What’s more, when driving over undulating surfaces,
Active Ride Control applies subtle braking to individual wheels to deliver flatter body control enhancing comfort for all
Intelligent Parking Assist
Automatically measuring the size of an available parallel parking space, Nissan’s Intelligent Parking Assist requires
only 80cm space in addition to the length of the Qashqai to be able to automatically steer the car safely into position.
All the driver has to do is follow the on-screen instructions and control forward and reverse drive. The system can also
park in car park bays, with the driver benefiting from the helicopter view provided by AVM to guide them through the
In-keeping with new Qashqai’s appetite for innovation, the new cross-over will be the first model, in Europe, to go on
sale with the new NissanConnect system. Now with a seven-inch touchscreen, NissanConnect has evolved to offer Smartphone
connectivity to keep owners in touch with the outside world wherever their journey takes them. In the future it will have
access to a range of apps covering music, social networking, entertainment and travel through a seven-inch colour touch
screen. The new NissanConnect builds upon the recently introduced Google® search and Send To Car functions, which allow
drivers to plan a trip at home.
The system includes Bluetooth audio streaming and mobile phone integration as well as Aux-in and USB slots along with
In addition to the main NissanConnect screen, the driver also benefits from an additional display within the
instrument panel. It’s one of the most advanced meter displays yet seen with a five-inch TFT colour display incorporating
no fewer than 12 graphic displays accessible on rotation. Customisable to display different Qashqai body colours, the
meter offers advice and warnings covering functions including average and actual speeds, fuel economy, turn-by-turn
navigation instructions, audio content, traffic sign recognition, Nissan Safety Shield, Chassis Control, eco driving
advice, as well as tyre pressure information and torque distribution settings in 4WD mode. Additionally, the driver can
customise steering feel, lighting, auto light sensitivity, wiper and locking settings, plus drive computer contents.
Nissan is taking the sector to a new level thanks to bold design, highly advanced engineering, intelligent technology
and remarkable attention to detail.
New from the ground up, the second generation Qashqai is much more than just a rework of its predecessor. The new
model is 20mm wider, 49mm longer and 15mm lower than the current car. Yet despite this reduction in height, front and
rear headroom levels have actually increased by 10mm and the raised driving position remains.
The new Qashqai features a striking new look with powerful curves, clean lines and intricate details including the
option of 19-inch alloy wheels. Through bold new elements such as the raised bonnet line and 'muscular' wheelarches, the
new Qashqai conveys a feeling of dynamic strength.
The Qashqai’s front end incorporates some of the most advanced technology ever offered in the cross-over sector. All
models feature LED daytime running lights, certain versions are equipped with even more sophisticated technology, with
full LED power for both dip and main beam. In keeping with Nissan’s passion for delivering usable technology, the use of
LED instead of Xenon is more than just a gimmick. The Qashqai’s LED headlamps produce a whiter, crisper light, not only
using 50 per cent less power than Xenon bulbs, but also producing light closer in colour to sunlight resulting in better
visibility at night. The lights also display Nissan’s unique LED lighting signature that sweeps up dramatically from the
centre of the car.
Integrating advanced technology can often prove a challenge for designers, but not so for the team responsible for the
new Qashqai. By working closely with engineers, they were able to incorporate new technology without compromising the
car’s bold design. For example, while most manufacturers are content to incorporate their radar systems into assemblies
mounted in the bumper or front grille openings, Nissan has been able to relocate the Qashqai’s radar behind the bumper
facia to give the car a smoother look.
Advanced aerodynamics with active elements
Nissan has always believed that form must match function, and this thinking has been taken to a new level with the
second-generation Qashqai. Take, for example, the car’s aerodynamic profile. Not only does the new Qashqai deliver a
dynamic and bold new look, it also cuts through the air with greater efficiency than ever before thanks to a drag
co-efficient of 0.32. In creating the new Qashqai, the design and engineering teams studied every surface and detail.
From the elements on show (such as the roof spoiler with winglets) to those hidden away (like the unique flat floor
design), the Qashqai features some of the most advanced aerodynamic features to appear on a family car. The result is
reduced drag, lower CO2 emissions, improved fuel consumption and greater stability at speed.
Another innovation making its debut on the Qashqai is an Active Grille Shutter system. This intelligent technology
maximises the Qashqai’s aerodynamic efficiency by closing off airflow through the radiator when not needed. The grille
shutter automatically shuts at speeds over 30 km/h and only opens if sensors detect that the engine needs cooling. The
system will be fitted as standard on diesel-engined models with manual transmissions.
Interior – reinventing the way families travel
Comfort, connectivity and control: three of the core elements that underpin the design and lay out of the new
Qashqai’s cabin. Like the rest of the car, the Qashqai’s interior combines innovative technologies with common sense
solutions to everyday challenges. With more experience in the cross-over sector than any other brand, Nissan is in a
unique position to set new practicality benchmarks for the next generation of cross-over vehicles.
In making new Qashqai’s cabin, Nissan’s design and engineering teams wanted to put the driver at the front of the
action. The car’s numerous comfort, convenience and safety systems have been analysed and redesigned to give the driver
easy access to all key controls. Thanks to an intuitive single interface, drivers are able to perfectly tailor the
Qashqai’s functions to their needs – from switching on three-flash indicators to adjusting how early the auto headlights
switch on. Each menu and display is accurately and logically shown to the driver on the new meter display located between
the analogue speedometer and tachometer and controlled by steering wheel mounted switches.
Even greater practicality
Versatility is another area where the new Qashqai excels. No area of the car’s interior was overlooked in the pursuit
of increased flexibility and better practicality. The boot, for example, has a luggage capacity of 430 litres with the
rear seats in position – an improvement of 20 litres over the outgoing Qashqai.
Passengers also enjoy more space in the new Nissan Qashqai, with improved head and leg room. The overall increase in
width has allowed for greater shoulder room, while a full redesign of the door apertures means that getting in and out is
easier than ever before.
Load space flexibility has also been improved with a tailgate that now opens 150mm higher and includes a dual-floor
system designed to provide a flexible and versatile load space. The two reversible floor panels can easily be raised or
lowered providing 16 possible configurations to either maximise luggage volume or provide a full flat floor with rear
seats folded. Additionally the rear board easily slots into a vertical position providing an ideal sized space for
carrying shopping bags. Furthermore the load cover fits neatly under the luggage floor allowing bulky items to be loaded.
The luggage boards feature a wipe-clean surface on one side and soft carpet on the other, so muddy boots can be
transported without fear of damaging the textile surfaces.
All-new seats – using science to minimise fatigue
A great cabin starts with great seats, and Nissan has worked hard to ensure that the second-generation Qashqai is even
more comfortable for passengers. During the design stage, engineers used advanced medical scanning techniques and were
inspired by NASA to analyse pressure and blood flow in the lower back of seated passengers. By redesigning elements and
improving support in key areas, they were able to make a seat that offered even support. The highly advanced new Qashqai
seat offers special support thanks to additional bolsters in the pelvis, lumbar and chest areas. The result is a seat
that is said to deliver long-distance comfort.
Taking attention to detail to a new level
Typical of Nissan, the Qashqai features numerous elements that will have passengers wondering, ‘why has nobody else
thought of this?’ Take, for example, the centre console. Although having a USB port in the central box is nothing new,
Nissan has made a channel for the wire – allowing passengers to operate their device outside the box without having to
force the lid shut. Another example of Nissan’s common sense approach to design can be found on the cup holders. By
making the cavities extra deep, bottles can be accommodated without getting in the way of the driver’s arm when changing
gear. The use of an electronic parking brake also frees up valuable cabin space.
Passengers in the new Qashqai also benefit from a new ambient cabin lighting system, featuring a subtle orange mood
light around the gearlever. Designed to give the cabin a quality look and feel when travelling at night. The lighting
system is fully controllable by the driver and can easily be turned up, down or off altogether.
ENGINES AND TRANSMISSIONS
Combining conventional passenger car efficiency with the sense of adventure of an SUV has always been a key part of
the appeal of cross-overs. A range of efficient and refined petrol and diesel engines allows the new Qashqai to exceed
the expectations of drivers no matter which powertrain is chosen.
The line-up consists of four engines for the European market (subject to local marketing requirements): two petrol and
two diesel, with the choice of two- or four-wheel-drive. Customers can also choose between manual and all-new Xtronic
Nissan believes that advanced technology should be available to all customers. The 1.2-litre DIG-T is an
Alliance-developed engine tuned specifically by Nissan for the new Qashqai.
Driving through a six-speed manual transmission, this advanced turbocharged engine delivers 85kW (115PS) and generates
190Nm of torque. Despite its modest size, the 1.2-litre engine packs a real punch, offering sharper acceleration and
greater flexibility than the outgoing 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine.
Its lower weight and more fuel-efficient operation also means that the entry-level petrol Qashqai is considerably
cleaner and more economical than the model it replaces. The 1.2 DIG-T engine emits 129g/km of CO2 (15g/km
less than the outgoing 1.6-litre petrol unit).
Like all engines in the new Qashqai range, the 1.2 DIG-T is equipped with Start/Stop ignition as standard, and
benefits from a raft of fuel-saving technologies, including a regenerative alternator, optimised gear ratios and special
Set to join the Qashqai range in the northern autumn of 2014, the most powerful petrol engine will be the 1.6 DIG-T
engine, combining sharp performance with low emissions and remarkable fuel efficiency. Power is rated at 110kW
Tuned specifically for the Qashqai, this acclaimed engine features advanced turbocharging technology and a raft of
additional features designed to maximise performance and economy.
With 240Nm of torque on offer, the 1.6 DIG-T delivers impressive low and mid-range pull, with excellent in-gear
flexibility. Yet despite its strong performance, the range-topping petrol option retains impressive efficiency.
CO2 emissions are 132g/km.
The latest evolution of the direct injection diesel engine is the cleanest and most fuel-efficient engine ever offered
in a Qashqai with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km. Shared with Nissan’s Alliance Partner Renault, the
sixth-generation 1.5-litre dCi unit is smoother, more efficient and more refined than the outgoing engine. Thanks to a
substantial re-engineering programme, the 1.5-litre dCi engine offers greater in-gear flexibility thanks to a 20Nm
increase in torque. Power is rated at 81kW (110PS).
Major changes to the engine’s internals have also resulted in quieter operation and a reduction in vibration. Removal
of the upper torque rod mount has eliminated a potential noise path from the engine to the cabin, while the overall
weight of the unit has been reduced with new lightweight components.
The engine also features Nissan's automatic Start/Stop system, with highly efficient smart management technology that
ensures the engine restarts within 0.5 seconds of the clutch being engaged. Reduced combustion noise further enhances the
unit's overall refinement.
Positioned at the top of the Qashqai’s diesel range, the 1.6 dCi is offered with the option of two and
four-wheel-drive. Jointly developed with Alliance partner Renault, this 96kW (130PS) unit is one of the most advanced
diesel powerplants in its sector, with a number of technical innovations designed to maximise fuel consumption and reduce
Introduced on the current Qashqai, the 1.6 dCi engine is light, compact and strikes the perfect balance between strong
performance and exceptional economy. Among the unit’s many innovations is a cold-loop, low-pressure exhaust gas
recirculation system. By recycling the exhaust gas at a lower temperature, emissions of nitrogen oxides and
CO2 are reduced.
Thermal management of the 1.6 dCi is also much more efficient with a reduced warm-up phase, reducing friction losses
and fuel consumption.
In two-wheel-drive manual form, the 1.6 dCi has CO2 emissions of 115g/km. The Xtronic version emits
119g/km, while the four-wheel-drive manual version has a figure of 129g/km.
New Xtronic transmission
Developed specifically for the second-generation Qashqai, the new Xtronic transmission is available with the 1.6 dCi
This advanced transmission is based on the principle of a constantly variable transmission, but has been engineered to
deliver a smoother, more natural driving experience. Unlike conventional variable transmissions, the Qashqai’s Xtronic
gearbox mimics the behaviour of traditional, multi-ratio automatic gearboxes during hard acceleration, with stepped
changes. In more gentle driving, the ratios are subtly adjusted to give ultimate smoothness. This means the Xtronic
transmission offers the best of both worlds for drivers, with ultra-smooth low-load power delivery and direct performance
during higher acceleration driving.
Underneath the new Qashqai’s sleek body is a new modular platform that has been tailored specifically for the
second-generation cross-over. The highly advanced, Alliance-developed structure is one of the most adaptable platform
systems in existence, giving designers and engineers the opportunity to perfectly tailor the car to customer needs.
The vast majority of the new Qashqai’s upper body was designed and engineered in Europe. As a result, the new Qashqai
feels perfectly at home on European roads, with ride and handling standards that exceed sector expectations in every
In terms of suspension lay out, the new Qashqai features MacPherson struts at the front and one of two different
designs at the rear. Two-wheel-drive models are equipped with an advanced twist beam design, while models fitted with
ALL-MODE 4x4-i feature a multi-link system. The Qashqai’s suspension system has been developed in Europe to deliver the
kind of smooth and responsive driving experience Nissan customers have come to expect.
As with the rest of the car, the new Qashqai features a host of engineering innovations designed to make life easier,
more comfortable and more enjoyable for drivers and passengers.
Double piston shock absorbers
Providing a car with good low-speed ride and the ability to handle rough surfaces usually involves a compromise in
set-up. Not so with the new Qashqai. The second generation model is equipped with advanced double-piston shock absorbers
that deliver faultless damping at both ends of the dynamic range. The two channel system features a conventional channel
that handles the kind of low-frequency bumps found on rough roads, and an additional channel that deals with the kind of
small high-frequency bumps found on smoother roads. The end result is a car that delivers a smooth and refined ride
whatever the road surface.
Next-generation power steering
During development stages of the Qashqai, every element of the car’s dynamic package was examined to see if
improvements could be made. The steering, for example, has been completely redesigned and re-engineered, with a new
Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system introduced across the range.
The system has been tuned with a new control logic that delivers a more natural driving experience, thanks in part to
a five per cent reduction in overall steering ratio to improve responsiveness.
Of course, making a great steering system is more than just fine-tuning the assistance system. To help give the
Qashqai an even more natural driving experience, and improve further straight line stability, the caster trail of the
front suspension has been lengthened. By making a longer caster trail, the front wheels have a more positive
self-centring action, resulting in better feel through the steering wheel.
Your steering, how you like it
Nissan knows that different drivers like different levels of steering feedback. While some prefer a light feel that
requires minimal effort, others like the heavier feedback normally associated with sportier cars. To meet these unique
demands, Nissan has provided a two-mode steering system that drivers can switch between, depending on their mood or
In Normal mode, the Qashqai offers light responses that are perfectly suited to urban driving, low-speed manoeuvring
and effortless cruising. In Sport mode, the EPAS system provides more feedback to the driver and requires more steering
effort to turn.
ALL-MODE 4x4-i & Chassis Control
Drivers opting for the ALL-MODE 4x4-i transmission option benefit from one of the most advanced four-wheel-drive
systems on the market, which is designed to offer maximum security and traction in all conditions.
The Chassis Control system on both two and four-wheel drive versions takes vehicle dynamics one step further combining
Active Ride Control monitors the wheel speed to detect undulations which could potentially upset the pitch of
the car body and applies subtle braking to compensate.
Active Engine Brake, meanwhile, harnesses the power and controllability of the Xtronic transmission to add a
degree of engine braking while cornering. The benefits are greater braking control and enhanced feel with less pedal
effort along with less brake application when cornering and greater braking feel when coming to a stop.
Active Trace Control monitors the behaviour and trajectory of the car, and applies subtle braking to deliver a
function similar to a Limited Slip Differential, providing the best traction and the least understeer. This highly
intelligent system works seamlessly with the driver, to deliver an agile and secure driving experience.
Hill Start Assist
Pulling away on an incline is no longer a stressful operation thanks to a new system developed specifically for the
new Qashqai. Hill Start Assist works with the car’s ESP system to ensure a fuss-free launch. By applying the brakes to
all four wheels, the car is held stationary for two to three seconds when on an incline. The brakes are released when
drive is fed through to the wheels.
Precise specifications and trim levels for each market will be announced at a later time.
The production of Qashqai takes place at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK. The factory works around the clock, with
three shifts, and is the largest car plant in the UK currently making more than 500,000 cars a year. The Qashqai is the
main vehicle manufactured at the factory, along with the Note, Juke and LEAF.
Specifications subject to change without notice.