- Published: Tuesday, 08 July 2014 12:20
Time flies when you’re having crossover fun - the Nissan Qashqai is seven years old in 2014, which makes it ripe for a major model improvement.
As far as we can tell, the platform remains the same, although the car gets a change almost everywhere else: new styling, an improved interior, new suspension and gearbox, plus a host of other novel features as well.
While the seven-seat Qashqai +2 variant is no longer available, the regular Qashqai is 50mm longer overall (at 4,330mm) and has 16mm more between the wheels, for a 2,646mm wheelbase, which should spell for more space, while the boot has been upsized by 20-litres for a total of 430-litres.
For the chassis there’s new double-piston shock absorbers coupled with Active Ride Control, which uses minute brake inputs to automatically reduce pitching. There’s also Active Trace Control, which uses the ESP system to reduce understeer during dynamic driving. A revised Xtronic CVT transmission comes with an Active Lock-Up feature to reduce rubber-banding, along with an engine braking feature.
The most obvious difference is on the outside of course, with much sharper styling all round, new paint colours, plus LED DRLs and headlamps too, while Nissan claims to have reduced the car’s coefficient of drag further as a result.
Singapore is slated to get the 2.0-litre, naturally aspirated engine with front-wheel drive, which packs 144bhp, compared to 138bhp before. Final performance figures are to be confirmed, but it should do 0-100km/h in the rough 11 second range. Pricing is not available at this time - Tan Chong Motor Sales has officially stated that, “due to the tightening of the LTA’s homologation process means that the Qashqai will only be commercially launched at a later date.” For the same reason, no concrete performance figures have been released at this time.