Nissan’s Qashqai Gets An Update, Expect Low Fuel Usage

Nissan’s crossover, the Qashqai, has been re-worked to launch in 2014. The new Qashqai boasts an updated design alongside premium technology. Following that, the crossover also sports turbochargers to better both emissions and fuel consumption.

Feature-wise, the Qashqai has an array of new technologies available. For example, Nissan has included Front Collision Avoidance, Driver Attention Support and Traffic Sign Recognition. This sort of technology aims to increase the safety of the vehicle.

Drivetrains include front-wheel and four-wheel-drive units, coupled to either a six-speed manual gearbox or an all-new Xtronic transmission. CO2 emissions start from 99g/km.

The complete Nissan Safety Shield package includes, alongside the aforementioned technologies, Blind-Spot Warning, a Lane Departure Warning, High-Beam Assist, Chassis Control, and new LED headlamps.

The four powerhouses for the Qashqai include two petrol and two diesel units, with either manual or automatic transmissions. All of the motors are connected to turbochargers.

First up is the 1.2-litre 85kW petrol engine. This unit will use a six-speed manual transmission that helps it generate 190Nm of torque. Fuel consumption amounts to 5.6-litres per 100km.

Second is the 1.6-litre 100kW engine. The torque for this unit amounts to 240Nm, whereby fuel economy matches the 1.2-litre motor at 5.6-litres per 100km on the combined cycle.

Thirdly, and starting the diesel range, is the 1.5 dCi 81kW unit. This motor emits 99g/km of CO2 with a fuel consumption rating at 3.8-litres per 100km.

Last up is the 1.6-litre dCi motor with 96kW and four-wheel-drive, as an option. Nissan has stated that this motor is one of the most advanced diesel units in its sector. It emits 115g/km in two-wheel-drive form, using 4.4-litres per 100km. The four-wheel-drive unit emits 119g/km with a fuel rating of 4.9-litres per 100km. The Xtronic automatic gearbox is also available as an option.

Pricing for the South African market will be released in early 2014.

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