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New nose for Nissan Qashqai

Nissan gives Qashqai new looks and extra equipment

Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai gets a makeover for 2010

Nissan is updating its popular Qashqai and Qashqai+2 models for 2010 with new looks and improvements in quality.

The British-built Nissan Qashqai has been a phenomenal success since it was launched in March 2007, with the 500,000th example set to be delivered later this month. As the first compact crossover alternative to a family hatchback, providing car-like handling in combination with SUV styling, it has defined a new market sector. These revisions for 2010 aim to keep it at the front of that group.

New looks and better aerodynamics

And they start there, too, as Nissan has thoroughly updated the Qashqai’s front end. It can’t be a coincidence that the new looks have shades of the company’s supercar-slaying GT-R performance flagship – especially around the headlight design.

Changes at the rear are limited to new LED lights, with a slight modification to the lens profile to improve aerodynamics – part of an overall decrease in drag for the entire car. A choice of two new ‘sophisticated’ exterior colours and two new alloy wheel designs complete the external updates.

Nissan Qashqai+2

Larger Nissan Qashqai+2 models gain the same improvements

Extra kit and improved refinement

On the inside there is increased sound deadening and an acoustic windscreen to improve refinement, along with less wind noise thanks to new A-pillar seals. The dials have been made clearer, there’s a new LCD screen for the trip computer, new low-level footwell lighting, plus additional cabin storage.

Trim names remain the same but equipment levels have increased. Stability control is now fitted as standard across the range, a speed limiter is included from Accenta and above, and Tekna gains a Bose stereo system.

Pure Drive at 129g/km CO2

Suspension tweaks are said to provide greater ride comfort and improved responsiveness, while a new Pure Drive version of the Visia 1.5 dCi turbodiesel reduces CO2 emissions from 137g/km to 129g/km. This is achieved via weight reduction, aerodynamic modifications, low rolling resistance tyres and longer gear ratios.

All the above updates apply to both Nissan Qashqai and Qashqai+2 models. Prices for the revised versions start at £15,395 for the Qashqai and £16,695 for the Qashqai+2, and they include VAT at the higher 17.5% rate.

The revised Qashqai is on sale from 1 March 2010.


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