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Facelifted 2017 Nissan Qashqai Revealed in Geneva

Facelifted 2017 Nissan Qashqai

Revealed in Geneva

The facelifted Nissan Qashqai has been unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The new version of Europe’s most popular crossover is set to be on sale midyear, with deliveries starting in the second half of 2017 Europe and launch in SA at the end of 2017. 

Nissan Qashqai Facelift

More than 230,000 Qashqai’s were sold in Europe in 2016, but instead of sitting back and revelling in the success, Nissan has given the SUV an overhaul.

The most important change is the addition of autonomous driving technology called ProPILOT. By the end of the year, the Qashqai will be able to steer, accelerate and brake by itself in a single lane on motorways. However, Nissan has not yet revealed whether or not this will be standard on top trim levels.

Other enhancements include an upgraded emergency braking system with pedestrian recognition, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Nissan’s latest V-motion grille design has been added to the front, while reprofiled bumpers and a reshaped bonnet also feature. Also noticeable are the tweaked light clusters with a new LED running light design, and the addition of an adaptive beam system. There aren’t as many changes to the rear of the car, but a new tail-light motif with a 3D lens effect has been added. Two new colours, Chestnut Bronze and Vivid Blue are available, as well as new 17, 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels.

Nissan claims that higher-quality materials give the Qashqai’s cabin a more premium feel. Visible changes include a new flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel and a fresh user interface for the infotainment system. A range-topping Tekna+ grade has also been added, along with luxuries such as 3D-effect quilted leather upholstery. You can also choose to have the same Bose seven-speaker sound system found in the Renault Kadjar.

The new Qashqai has modified suspension and steering to improve comfort, while new insulating materials make it more refined. However, no changes have been made to the range of turbocharged engines, so buyers can choose from an entry-level 113bhp 1.2-litre petrol, a 161bhp 1.6-litre petrol, and 1.5 or 1.6-litre diesels. The 1.5 dCi 110 should be the cheapest to drive, with CO2 emissions of 99g/km.

And now?

Now, all that remains to be seen is whether the updated Nissan Qashqai will go straight back to the top of the crossover class - or lag behind this time.

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