Being manufactured by Nissan, the Japanese auto manufacturer, the Qashqai has been under production since 2006. When it was in its first generation, it was sold in the market as the Dualis in Australia and Japan. Since 2014, with the release of its second generation, this model is named the Qashqai. It is one of the most popular models of European market. In North America, it is not sold, Nissan Rogue is sold instead. The upcoming model, the 2018 Nissan Qashqai will be a part of refreshed and updated lineup of the company.
2018 Nissan Qashqai: Changes and Additional Features
This new model will be coming with a kind of an unusual yet appealing design. It is not a surprise as Nissan is known to be very innovative while providing new designs to their models. Having said that, Nissan also does takes the overall performance of the model into consideration. With the 2018 Qashqai, you can expect the latest of all modern features in automobile industry.
The new 2018 Nissan Qashqai features certain updates from previous model. The overall body structure shall remain same for this SUV. However, you can still see certain changes in in its aesthetics. In fact, most of the exterior components get few cosmetic changes. However, the changes are not that radical. Characteristic lines are also present on this upcoming model. Headlights and grille are updated. A lot of chrome accents can be seen on the grille with a Nissan badge in the middle. Overall, its design is quite interesting certainly a distinguishable feature of this vehicle.
Features available in interior of this model have been updated. Higher trims of the 2018 Nissan Qashqai could possible get certain additional features. An improved infotainment system will be offered with a new navigation system. Safety features are likely to receive major changes. Not only does this model offer updated safety features, but it also implements new systems and accessories for better safety. To provide a visual design change in the cabin, new clusters shall be used on dashboard.
There is still no clarity regarding the engine specs of this upcoming model. Availability of a 1.6-liter four cylinder unit under its hood is a certainty as of now. This engine is paired with a six speed manual or automatic transmission. It is capable of generating a total output of 160 HP along with 180 lb ft of torque. Other engine options should be available with 2018 Nissan Qashqai. These could probably be smaller diesel model having better fuel efficiency and torque, although with lesser output. As per the Nissan Rogue, the US market sibling of Qashqai, it gets an engine with considerably better power output.
Pricing and Availability
This model can be expected to enter the market by end of 2017. Its availability is dependent on different markets. Its approximate arrival time will become cleared by next year. It is projected to have a price of tag of approximately $22,000. As far as competition is concerned, the Kia Sportage and Suzuki SX4 S-Cross serve as the main rivals of 2018 Nissan Qashqai.