Nissan Hi-Cross Concept will inspire the next generation Qashqai

Posted on May 17, 2012 by

Details are beginning to emerge on the next generation expected to land in showrooms in 2014. Nissan presented the C-Segment Qashqai back in 2007 and it sits below the X-Trail in the company’s global lineup. The Juke, Qashqai and Murano have been helped Nissan establish themselves as experts in the crossover segments.

Auto Express has reported that the next generation model will have styling influenced by the Hi-Cross concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year.

Nissan’s executive vice president, Andy Palmer, spoke about the hugely successful Qashqai to the magazine recently. He says the replacement will be no bigger than the current model.

Nissan Hi-Cross Concept

Nissan’s designers are working to upgrade the car’s interior using high quality materials and the dashboard layout is likely to be redesigned. Palmer said the new Qashqai scored full points in the scale Nissan uses to rate quality, fit and finish of its models. The official did not remark on the car’s underpinnings, its a big unknown whether Nissan will choose components from the same inventory or start anew.

Nissan is downsizing engines on the Qashqai. It is using a turbocharged 1.2L petrol engine that may output around 113bhp of power and 190Nm of torque. This could lend it a fuel consumption of 5.6L/100km and crucially a CO2 emission figure of less than 120 g/km. This is not the Japanese manufacturer’s first small turbo petrol as it is already selling variants of the Micra in the European countries with a turbocharged 1.2L petrol engine.

For long distance travelers, the 1.6L diesel that develops 128bhp and returns 4.7L/100 km with CO2 emissions of less than 105 g/km will be offered.

We’re keeping a close eye on the developments of the 2014 Nissan Qashqai, so stay with AutoMiddleEast.com.

[Source – AutoExpress.co.uk]

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