The 2018 Nissan Qashqai is an impressive crossover from Nissan Motors. After years without a refresh, the model was beginning to look rather old. Therefore, the automaker’s decision to refresh the model for the 2018 model year is quite timely. Nissan has studied what its rivals have done with their models, which has enabled the automaker to make revisions that will help the Qashqai gain a competitive edge in the market.
2018 Nissan Qashqai Exterior
The 2018 Qashqai has adopted the V-motion grille as well as the bumper design of its cousin, the Micra. This has transformed the front to a more modern, sporty look. The headlights have also been modified to go along with the new grille and bumper. The automaker has also used a new boomerang design for the Daytime Running Lights. There are also new curvy creases that rise up from the front fenders. The front bumper is integrated with hexagonal air vents.
At the rear, the model features a lower bumper with metal accenting. Its brakes feature wider, boomerang lighting, which highlights the crossover’s width. The taillights also get the boomerang effect along with 3D lens effect. On the flanks, the model will flaunt flared alloy wheels offered in body-contrast colors. There is a chrome trim on the side body edges.
There are also new exterior paint additions; they are Vivid Blue and Chestnut Bronze.
Interior of new Nissan Qashqai
The cabin has also received considerable upgrades. The cabin will be upholstered in quality materials. Nissan has also hooked up the 2018 Qashqai with a new multifunctional steering wheel. The steering wheel has satin-chrome inserts as well as a 4-way controller for the gauge display. The dashboard layout has also been improved for greater convenience. The automaker has given the satellite navigation, infotainment system and DAB digital radio a new user interface. The new model also features thicker rear glass and more sound deadening material that make the cabin more serene.
The Tekna+ trim gets Nappa leather upholstery as well as 3D-effect quilting on the door panels to make the cabin more premium. In addition, this trim gets an advanced infotainment system and a premium 7-speaker BOSE audio system.
Engine and performance
The 2018 Nissan Qashqai will carry over with the same engines as the outgoing model. The base mill will be a 1.2 L, unit that produces 128 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque. On the outgoing model, this engine is EPA rated at 19 mpg, 24 mpg and 22 mpg in city, highway and combined drives respectively. The Qashqai will also feature a 1.6 L engine that produces 139 hp and 141 lb-ft of torque. This engine accelerates to 60 mph from a standstill position in 6.7 seconds. It is EPA rated at 20 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg on combined drives.
There will also be a diesel mill. The unit is a 1.5 L that churns out 144 horses and 146 lb-ft of torque. EPA ratings for this model are not yet out but it is expected to be very economical. The engines will use a CVT or a 6-speed manual transmission. The transmission systems will route power to 2WD in standard form, an AWD system is offered as an option.
Price and release date
According to credible sources from Nissan, the Qashqai will have a starting price of $24,000. The model will hit dealer showrooms in the first quarter of 2018.