Nissan Qashqai facelift goes on sale in the UK, still unavailable in Malaysia

Across the continent, Nissan has a compact crossover model that’s relatively successful. It’s called the Nissan Qashqai, and it has finally been facelifted.

Named after the mountainous tribe from Iran, the Qashqai one of the best-selling compact crossovers in both Europe and the UK. Currently in its second generation guise (first introduced in 2013), this update brings a fresh new look to the SUV.

As seen with the facelifted X-Trail, the Qashqai gets the new V-motion front grille. Other visual updates include ‘boomerang’ LED tail lights, new front bumper, shark fin antenna and alloy rim designs. The adaptive front headlights are offered for the higher variants.

Inside, updates from the X-trail such as the steering and NissanConnect Infotainment system are offered for the Qashqai. Boot space is rated at 430 litres, but expands to 1,585 litres when the rear seats are down. Nissan’s Flexible Luggage Board System is available, providing modular storage at up to 18 configurations.

Powertrains are all carried over from its before. UK-bound Qashqais can be had with a choice of two petrols and two diesel engines, beginning with the 112 hp 1.2-litre petrol, followed by a 163 hp 1.6-litre petrol mill. The diesels include a 108 hp 1.5-litre and a 128 hp 1.6-litre diesel. Customers get to choose between a six-speed manual or a seven-speed CVT, but all-wheel drive is strictly for the most powerful diesel while the rest settle for front-wheel drive.

The facelifted Qashqai is the latest Nissan model to be equipped with Nissan’s Propilot active safety package. It’ll compliment the existing Intelligent Emergency Braking feature which is standard since launch. Nissan claims the refreshed Qashqai is quieter as well.

Deliveries will begin by July 2017. So, would you pick the Nissan Qashqai over the spacious Honda HR-V, sporty Mazda CX-3, or the upcoming Hyundai Kona?



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