Nissan is reportedly finalizing plans to release a new model of its Qashqai crossover. This is a vehicle that has already sold millions of units since it was first unveiled in 2007 making it one of the most sought after crossovers in the market today.
The new 2016 Nissan Qashqai is set to provide more fuel economy along with improved hi-technology features that will offer an exciting and comfortable ride.
2016 Nissan Qashqai Exterior
The new 2016 Nissan Qashqai will be based on the Nissan CMF platform meaning it will have a reduced weight ranging from 2,906 lbs to 3,337 lbs. In terms of its dimensions, the 5-door crossover will be 172.3-inches long, 71.1-inches wide and 62.8-inches tall. It will have a 104.2-inch wheelbase.
Though the exterior will largely remain unchanged from that of the predecessor model, it will be sportier with more outlined body lines. The front fascia will be sharp, more aggressive and with a lower ground clearance level.
The Qashqai will feature a V-motion bold chrome grille flanked by new automatic LED daytime running lights and full LED headlights with optional xenon headlights for higher trim levels. The new body is wider and features clean lines and curves which result in an elegant look. The rear features a redesigned bumper and LED taillights in higher trim models.
Overall, the body is designed in a way to increase the vehicles aerodynamics. The redesigned Qashqai will ride on either 16-inch or 17-inch wheels though buyers can still get one with 19-inch wheels.
2016 Nissan Qashqai Interior
The cabin of the Qashqai will accommodate 5 passengers. The Qashqai will be availed in 5-trim levels which will be; Tekna, Accent Premium, Accent, Visia + Safety Pack and Visia. The interior of the new Nissan features comfortable seats upholstered in quality cloth. The rear seat has a 60/40 split-fold capability to provide extra cargo capacity.
At the front, there is a new telescopic leather wrapped steering wheel. The center console will be mounted with a standard 5-inch and 7-inch touch-screen in higher trims. For entertainment, the vehicle features the NissanConnect infotainment system. There is also a movable panoramic glass roof, dual-zone climate control system and a satellite radio.
The vehicles will also feature modern technology tools such as Bluetooth connectivity, Smartphone integration and USB ports among others. Safety features include, traffic sign detection, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear view camera, front crash warning, anti-lock braking system (ABS) and an enhanced package of airbags.
Engine Specs and Performance
The 2016 Nissan Qashqai will be offered in 4 engine options, two diesel and two gasoline engines. The base model will features a 1.2 L 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine which produces 116 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in 10.9 seconds and attains a top speed of 115 mph.
The second gasoline engine is a 1.6 L, inline-4 unit which is capable of producing 161 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.
Switching gear to the diesel drive-trains, the first diesel engine is a 1.5 L 4-cylinder dCi engine which produces 110 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. It has a top speed of 113 mph and runs from 0-60 mph in 11.9 seconds.
The second diesel engine is a 1.6 L 4-cylinder dCi unit that produces 131 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. It achieves 0-60 mph acceleration in 10.5 seconds with the manual system and 11.1 seconds with the CVT system. All engines are offered with 6-speed manual transmission system with an option for a CVT system.
Price and release date
According to our sources, Nissan will release the Qasqhai to dealer showrooms before the end of this year. The automaker has not released official price details but we believe it won’t vary much from the current model’s starting MSRP price of $ 28,600 and will go up to $ 46,500 depending on the trim level and options.
The 2016 Nissan Qashqai will face fierce competition from the upcoming 2017 Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, KIA Sportage , Skoda Yeti, Chevrolet Trax and Peugeot 2008.
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