The Nissan Qashqai is well-built, well-equipped, practical, comfortable and economical compact crossover SUV which gained the title of the best-selling vehicle among the high-riding models in the Old Continent. The Qashqai entered to its second generation for the 2014 model year and recently this model was spotted testing with camouflaged front and rear end. So, it’s not secret anymore that Nissan will present the facelifted version at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show and this model will go on sale as the 2018 Nissan Qashqai.
What will be changed?
Based on the spy photos and so far, available information, the new version of the Qashqai will receive the subtle facelift. Obviously, Nissan won’t change the winning formula and the new Qashqai won’t be much different from the actual version in terms of the exterior styling. However, it seems that Nissan won’t also make changes in model’s engine lineup and interior either yet the Japanese will focus on bringing the autonomous driving technology.
2018 Nissan Qashqai: Styling changes
When it comes to the styling, the new 2018 Nissan Qashqai will draw the inspiration from the Premium Concept model that debuted at the last year Geneva Auto Show. Most of the changes will take place on model’s front end. The new Qashqai will get the new version of V-motion grille and restyled LED headlights. The changes will also affect the front bumper and available will also be the new alloy wheels.
Changes on the rear end will also mimic ones on the front side meaning that tweaked taillights and rear bumper will refresh the rear end design.
Interior of the model will also change subtly. The model should get the new steering wheel and possibly the new upmarket trim.
However, the main focus is on the new semi-autonomous technology which this model will get. The ProPilot driving technology is the version 1.0 of this system. It allows some level of autonomous driving which manages the steering, braking and acceleration on the motorways. The system will also be useful during stop and go traffic. However, this system in its current form won’t allow multiple line control. But, that feature should be available in next four years.
2018 Nissan Qashqai: Powertrains
In the engine department, the new 2018 Nissan Qashqai will again offer the pair of petrol and diesel engines.
The entry-level 1.2-liter petrol will be there for fuel economy conscious buyers. The much quicker 1.6-liter will be the petrol alternative.
On the diesel front, the 1.5-liter will provide the smooth ride and impressive fuel economy. For the buyers, which regularly haul their luggage and family more powerful 1.6-liter diesel will be the better solution.
The standard transmission should remain the six-speed manual. The continuously variable transmission should again be available with the 1.2-liter petrol and 1.6-liter diesel engines.
2018 Nissan Qashqai: Arrival, Price
The new 2018 Nissan Qashqai should make its premiere at the Geneva Auto Show this March. The sales should start this summer. The price of the facelifted Qashqai is expected to start from around £19,000.