DETROIT: Nissan Canada announced today (January 9) that it is bolstering its CUV line up with the introduction of the 2017 Qashqai.
Although it’s been available in Europe and other parts of the globe for over 10 years, this will be the first time Qashqai has been available in the US and Canada. Its proven track record in Europe –it has sold more than two million units – makes it a natural for the Canadian market place.
Its smaller stature will be ideal for the urban single or couple who require the versatility of a CUV but still need a vehicle that can easily be manoeuvred in tight city streets and especially into tight parking spots.
Under the hood will be a standard 2.0-litre DOHC, fiur-cylinder direct injection engine that will push out a respectable 141 hp and 147 lb/ft of torque.
It will be linked up to either a six speed manual gearbox or an available Xtronic transmission with Sport Mode Shifter. It will be offered in either front-wheel drive or intuitive all-wheel drive.
Also standard are Electric Power-assisted Steering (EPS) with Sport mode, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and four-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).
Although Qashqai will come in at the smaller end of the line up doesn’t mean that it will come up short in creature comforts.
Leather seating will be available and, with the Canadian winter in mind, standard heated seats with heated steering wheel and a remote starter being an option.
It will be offered in 10 exterior and two interior colour schemes with available piano black finishes with chrome accents. It offers comfortable seating for 5 with an impressive 648 litres of cargo space behind the second row of seating that increases to a vast 1,730 litres with the rear seats folded.
It will also come with available Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield technologies including Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Intelligent Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Forward Emergency Braking.
Qashqai shares many of the design, utility and technology attributes as the Rogue, but is slightly smaller, sportier and more affordable for younger, urban SUV buyers.
It offers more space than a compact sedan but will deliver utility, maneuverability and a fun-to-drive experience
The Qashqai will be offered in three trim levels- S, SV and SL and will be available in Canadian dealers in the spring of 2017.