ROSSLYN, Pretoria – Order books are open in Europe for a third-generation, all-new, Nissan Qashqai with first customers being offered a launch version called the Premiere Edition.
More good news is that Nissan SA has confirmed the latest Qashqai for launch during 2021 though no date is available yet.
The Premiere Edition will, Nissan Europe said, have convenience features usually found only in way more expensive vehicles.
Stefan Haasbroek, Nissan SA’s marketing director, told The Corner in a media release: “As part Nissan SA’s ‘Next Transformation Plan’ we’re looking forward to the new Qashqai family 14 years after the start of the crossover segment and confident it will be a game changer.
”This pioneering model will be in South towards the end of the 2021 financial year with a completely renewed design – inside and out – innovative technology, and electric power.”
A 23cm central screen will house Nissan’s upgraded infotainment system, a 30cm second screen will replace the conventional instrument panel. But wait, there’s more… a high-definition, 27cm, display for speed, satnav, and route information.
A wireless charging pad is among the most powerful in the segment and smartphones can connect to the Qashqai via wireless Apple CarPlay, allowing seamless usage of many of the phone’s apps. Connectivity will also be available for all occupants with four USB charging ports, two USB-A and two USB-C ports.
”A lot of the technological updates on the new Qashqai,” Nissan adds, ”will work quietly in the background acting as an extra pair of eyes.”
The Premiere Edition will be available an upgraded ProPilot satnav with an array of features intended to give peace-of-mind in all driving situation. For instance, the headlights’ beams change shape to put the oncoming vehicle in shadow to avoid dazzling its driver.
Diamond-cut, 18”, alloy wheel rims are mounted on a longer wheelbase, a glass roof has a powered sliding blind.
Motive power comes from the 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine already found on the current Qashqai but amended to include mild-hybrid technology supported by – on the auto versions – a secondary lithium-ion battery to allow quicker restart and coasting stop.
The system will also boost torque under acceleration – and extra six Nm for up to 20 seconds.
The 1.3-litre engine is available in two configurations: 101kW with a six-speed manual gearbox or 114kw with an Xtronic gearbox operated by a selector on the centre console. Manual control of the Xtronic can be managed with paddles behind the steering wheel.