While there are now many more contenders in the segment, few will argue that the Nissan Qashqai was the car that started the trend when it comes to compact SUVs.
With more than 50,000 units sold since launch, it remains Ireland’s bestselling crossover of all time. For 2017, the popular car gets a new upgraded Qashqai with significant enhancements which, Nissan chiefs say, further develop its premium character.
This mid-life upgrades focuses on four areas: exterior design, interior quality, driving performance, and New Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies.
The most dramatic enhancements to the Nissan Qashqai are to its exterior. A new contemporary design featuring the iconic ‘V-motion’ grille can be seen along with new front bumper and front fog lamps. Also new on the Qashqai are the ‘boomerang’ Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) and the LED light motif which has been extended across the whole lamp at the rear.
Higher levels of interior quality now feature the new D-shaped steering wheel and redesigned seats with durable upholstered finish or a choice of highest-quality soft nappa leather, with luxurious 3D quilting.
Improved driving performance consists of calmer body motion, better impact shock, line traceability through corners and Active Return Control – meaning the steering wheel returns to centre more naturally, improving precision during driving. There are also significant improvements to noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) performance on the new Qashqai.
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