With a bolder styling, and improved fuel economy, the new 2018 Nissan Qashqai is certainly headed in the right direction. Rumors have been going round within the industry that Nissan could be dropping the Rogue Select in favor of the Qashqai – the smaller crossover that was meant specifically for the European market.
The Nissan Qashqai release date should be expected sometime in the second half of 2018, if all goes according to Nissan’s plan.
For starters, Nissan buyers who’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the Rogue have only two options: opting for the Rogue Select or the Juke. The latter is noticeably smaller while the former, having been introduced nine years ago, is starting to show its age.
Size Of The Qashqai
Although both the Nissan Rogue and the Qashqai ride on the same platform – CMF platform – the Qashqai model is slightly shorter than its bigger sibling. The new model comes with slight changes on its exterior and interior design, though, I must admit that we expected something more from Nissan.
Interior wise, the seats are comfortable and supportive, and there’s no doubt that one will enjoy an appealing ride quality once they’re on the move. The infotainment system is updates, as is the technology list which now features items like blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, cruise control, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 6.5” touchscreen display.
When it comes to the available competition, the Qashqai should brace itself for a bruising battle with both the Ford Escape and the Kia Sportage. The Sportage, as evidenced by the spy photos captured earlier this year, have revealed that a new refresh is headed its way. Therefore, U.S shoppers will have another option to choose from apart from the Escape and the Qashqai. It’s also extremely affordable, like the Qashqai, and offers a starting MSRP price in the region if $22,150.
The Ford Escape, on the other hand, has grown in size and now incorporates an additional bench putting the total to three rows. Similar to the Sportage, a new refresh is headed its way if spy shots taken recently are anything to go by. The only downside the Escape has verses the Qashqai is the price point, with the Escape estimates to be offered in the region starting from $22,960.
2018 Nissan Qashqai Engine Specs
Rumors suggest the 2018 Nissan Qashqai will be available with two diesel and two gasoline engines under its hood. The most probable engine that we expect will be offered for the U.S market is the 1.6L inline four-cylinder engine, which pundits estimate its output to stand at 161 hp and 177 lbs. ft. of torque.
Smaller But Stronger Than Its Bigger Brother Rogue
The output is significantly better than what the heavier, bigger Nissan Rogue offers which stands at 170 hp and 175 lbs. ft. of torque. Additional details are still under wraps but we expect Nissan to make them known some few months before its release date. So, keep checking back for additional info.
2018 Nissan Qashqai 0-60 mph is estimated to take 10 seconds, while the top speed is rated at 125 mph.
2018 Nissan Qashqai Exterior And Interior Changes Are…
Some of the standard accessories to expect include a rearview camera, seventeen-inch steel wheels, satellite radio, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a five-inch touchscreen display, foldable and reclining rear seats, a USB port, a height-adjustable driver seat, a trip computer, dual-zone automatic climate control, a CD player, auxiliary audio jack, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, rear privacy glass, chrome exterior door handles, roof rails, automatic wipers and headlights, cruise control, cloth upholstery, remote keyless entry, and LED running lights and headlights.
When Will 2018 Nissan Qashqai Be Released?
According to credible rumors within industry circles, the new model should be expected to go for sale sometime in the second half of 2018.
The 2018 Nissan Qashqai price starts from an MSRP of $21,500, at least for the U.S.- spec model.
Continue reading: 2017 Audi Q3