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New Nissan Qashqai 2017 – Veteran crossover returns better than ever

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Nissan Qashqai 2017 UK price and specs have been revealed

The latest iteration of the will go on sale in the UK from July 2017 and features an upgraded list of specs.

Qashqai is the best-selling urban crossover in Europe and recentyl celebrated its

Philippe Saillard, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Nissan Europe, commented: “The second-generation Nissan Qashqai has been an outstanding ambassador for our innovative crossover range and the Nissan brand since its launch in 2014. 

“It has been a sales phenomenon, keeping us at the number one position in the segment. 

“With these premium enhancements to its design, quality, technology and driving dynamics, we are confident this will continue.”

One thing you could’ve criticised the current Qashqai for was its relatively safe design.

The latest iteration of the car looks to have been given the same treatment the brand-new Micra was given earlier this year. 

This Qashqai features an integrated new front bumper, glossy contrasting cladding, new air vents flanking the front bumper.

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It features bold new styling to help it compete with the burgeoning market

At the heart of redesigned front face of the Qashqai is the latest incarnation of Nissan’s iconic ‘V-motion’ grille, which frames the Nissan badge. 

There are two versions of the badge, a standard contoured version or the N-Connecta.

N-Connecta has a completely flat finish because the upgraded radar, which is used by the Intelligent Emergency Braking system, is located behind it. 

The front camera is now housed in the chrome surrounds and are used for the 360 parking camera system and Around View Monitor. 

New front-headlights and LED daytime running lights are now a feature of the new car with certain trim levels. 

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Qashqai is the best-selling urban crossover in Europe

The clam-shell bonnet is an evolution of the last and helps the car look bolder and more dominant.

Two new exterior colours are now available – Vivid Blue and Chestnut Bronze. 

N-Connecta grade and above seats have been completely redesigned claiming to offer superior comfort compared to previous generations.

Boot space is a decent 430 litres which increases to 860 litres when the 60:40 split rear seats are folded flat.

Every new Nissan Qashqai comes with six airbags as standard, plus driver assistance systems including anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution and stability control. 

Other standard equipment includes manual air-conditioning, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, DAB digital radio (in most markets), Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control with speed limiter, and electrically adjustable heated door mirrors.

Depending on the grade chosen, available features include dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, folding door mirrors and privacy glass. Many of the higher-grade features are available as optional extras on lower grades. 

Additional options include the full-length panoramic glass roof with one-touch shade, exterior styling plates and side styling bars. Genuine Nissan accessories include a dog guard, roof bars and a fixed towbar with electric hook-up.

The infotainments systems have been upgraded based on customer feedback. DAB radio will now comes as standard and the NissanConnect touch-screen satellite navigation unit features a more app-like appearance, to make it more user-friendly. 

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ProPilot semi-autonomous functionality is also available on the new crossover

One of the most talked about features is the Nissan Intelligent Mobility ProPILOT function which offers autonomous driving The system controls the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways during heavy traffic congestion and high-speed cruising and is based on three technologies – Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Traffic Jam Pilot (TJP).

The Qashqai continues to be offered with Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Driver Alertness, Intelligent Park Assist, Intelligent Around View Monitor and Lane Departure Warning and Stand Still Assist (SSA), which supplements Hill Start Assist (HSA).

On top of this the Intelligent Emergency Braking has been upgraded with Pedestrian Recognition using a combination of forward-facing radar and a camera. 

The Qashqai’s range of engines has been carried over form the previous generation, offering the choice of petrol or diesel, six-speed manual or CVT XTronic automatic transmissions, and two or four-wheel drive.

This line-up includes the 1.5-litre 110PS diesel which, with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km and fuel economy of only 3.8 litres/100km, is the segment leader.

Qashqai is Nissan’s most successful model in Europe with over 2.3million sold since the original version went on sale in 2007. Since then it has racked up our 80 awards including 19 Car of the Year titles. 

The car will be built at Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Sunderland, UK.

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