Nissan’s Gamble that Continues to Pay Off!

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The crossover that set the pattern for this phase of the automotive business continues to enhance itself and maintain on to any diminishing benefit it may need as opponents achieve floor on it.

As an alternative of constructing the low SUV, Nissan experimented with the tall hatch, which resulted in extra space and desirability for households preferring a smaller profile and larger performance. It’s a bet that’s paid off. Since its launch in 2007, the Qashqai has grown its attain, launching in Singapore with its second technology in 2014.

The third problem of the Qashqai turns in some sharper design cues and a glance that goals to raise it from the mundane; reflecting its rising confidence in its existence and relevance.

It’s straightforward on the attention regardless of its outward dimension. The brand new model is longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor, with an extended wheelbase. Regardless of that, by way of intelligent use of supplies, it is available in 60kg lighter and enjoys greater than 40% structural rigidity.

Nevertheless it’s nonetheless tight for legroom on the within, for the rear passengers, however in any other case snug sufficient.

With a 1.3-litre delicate hybrid turbocharged engine loaded on, the newest model presents a easy trip. The earlier model had a smaller engine and the pressure might be felt when accelerating. Not so within the present model, which, comparatively quietly and easily, will get you from standstill to 100kmh in a leisurely 9.2 seconds and on to a high velocity of 199kmh. The efficiency, apart from being smoother, is sharper as properly, permitting for extra participating dealing with.

The three driving modes provide some variations, however typically, you’ll be adequately serviced in Regular mode. Chances are you’ll endure some lethargy in overtaking, however in the event you maintain your nerve, it’ll get the job finished. You might additionally use the paddle shifts to get into higher gear for overtaking.

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The V entrance design helps to focus the eye on the grille and its badge. The Qashqai identify is now etched onto the entrance fender, simply to dispel any doubts about what you’re . The rear has additionally been given some aesthetic therapy, with slimmer lights and metallic inserts within the bumper to interrupt the monotony of the plastic.

There are two variations of the Qashqai available on the market. The Status reviewed right here is the highest of the road at *$179,800, with the Premium coming in $13,000 cheaper and poorer by a good bit when it comes to gear. 

The Status sits on 19” wheels, and has entrance and rear LED flip indicators and an influence tailgate for handsfree opening. Inside, you will have a panoramic glass roof, which implies you’ll have to carry the button for some time because the headliner rolls again to disclose it. A ten-speaker BOSE audio system livens up the sound within the cabin, and built-in TomTom navigation offers directions and warnings. 

Within the Status, the driving force sits comfortably on Nappa leather-based, with an electrical motor to get you into your excellent place. 

There’s the same old array of shows: From a big 10.8” head-up show to a 12.3” digital instrument cluster and a 9” NissanConnect infotainment show (8” for the Premium mannequin) that stands out in the midst of the dashboard. It’s additionally outfitted with a wi-fi charging tray and gives wi-fi Apple CarPlay connectivity and wired Android Auto (wired for the Premium). 

Extra driver security options on the Status embody blind spot warning on the wing mirrors, clever cruise management to maintain a secure distance from automobiles forward and rear cross site visitors alert which is useful when backing out of an area. The darkish blue inside trim can also be an choice for the higher-end Status.

The Status variant has an impartial multi-link rear suspension, whereas the Premium mannequin has a torsion beam suspension. The previous could current some efficiency advantages when the automobile is being pushed exhausting.

Total, the Qashqai gives a very good value-for-money proposition, if that time period even applies to our over-priced motoring business.

Tech Specs Nissan Qashqai 1.3T M-Hybrid Status

Displacement:  1,332cc
Engine: DOHC 4-cylinder inline 16-valve turbocharged delicate hybrid
Transmission: 7-speed automated
Max output:  116kW
Max torque:  270Nm
0-100kmh: 9.2 seconds
Prime velocity: 199kmh
Gas consumption: 5.5L/100m
CO2: 125g/km
Gross weight: 1,380kg
Gas tank:  55L
Size:  4,425mm
Width:  1,835mm
Top: 1,625mm
VES band: A2

Worth: *$179,800 (Status) $166,800 (Premium)

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