Nissan Canada recently unveiled its newest crossover vehicle, the Qashqai, in Montreal, Quebec to Canadian journalists. The vehicle is slightly smaller and more sporty than Nissan’s number one selling fleet vehicle in 2016, Rogue, which had a total of 5,392 Canadian fleet registrations. It expands the company’s lineup of crossovers and SUVs, three of which, Rogue, Pathfinder, and Murano being among the top 50 light truck vehicles in 2016 . Nissan also offers the Juke and Armada as part of its CUV/SUV lineup.
"From Qashqai to Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder and all the way up to the full-size eight-passenger Armada, Nissan has the perfect SUV for any buyer," said Bert Brooks, Senior Manager, Product Planning, Nissan Canada Inc. "Qashqai holds its own with all of its portfolio mates, just as expected of any vehicle that wears the Nissan badge."
While the Qashqai is new to the Canadian marketplace it has been available globally for 10 years, with 2.5 million customers in Europe and three million globally.
The design of Qashqai is familiar to those in tune with Nissan’s current design language on its CUV/SUV models. It shares its platform with Rogue and its front fascia and V-shape grille is similar to its bigger brother. Qashqai is 98 millimetres lower (1,587mm), 250mm shorter (4,380mm long), 60mm shorter wheelbase (2,646mm), and is two millimetres thinner (1,838mm wide) than its sibling, Rogue..
Qashqai comes with a 2.0 litre inline-four direct injection engine offering 141 horsepower and 147 foot/pounds of torque. It is mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a Xtronic CVT. It is available in front wheel drive or all wheel drive models. Fuel economy is of utmost importance to all fleets and Qashqai offers numbers of 10.0/8.1 L/100 kilometres (city/highway) on FWD manual transmission, 8.8/7.3 L/100km on FWD CVT, and 9.1/7.5 L/100km on AWD models.
Qashqai is available with a suite of safety technologies as part of Nissan Safety Shield. They include: automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, intelligent cruise control, lane departure warning with intelligent lane intervention, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and intelligent around view monitor.
All models come with LED DRLs, heated outside mirrors, TPMS with Easy fill tire alert, heated front seats, rearview monitor, Bluetooth hands free phone system, five inch colour display, and with CVT models also offering cruise control and 17” alloy wheels. Available features include: LED headlights, NissanConnect with Navigation and mobile apps, six-way power drivers seat with lumbar support, 19” alloy wheels, remote engine start with intelligent climate control, heated steering wheel, power moon roof, satellite radio.
"While many competitors in the sub-compact SUV segment choose a rear torsion beam suspension, Qashqai offers an independent rear multi-link design to provide that extra sense of dynamic performance," said Brooks. "We believe that buyers coming into this segment, usually as first time SUV owners, still want to enjoy driving excitement and feel a connection to the road. The new Qashqai delivers."
Three trim levels are available, S, SV, and SL, with manual transmission available only on S trim, and FWD CVT and AWD CVT available on all three trims. The Qashqai went on sale in Canada in June.