19/01/2017 UPDATE: The new 2018 Nissan Qashqai caught by the paparazzi during testing in Spain. The new model will be shown for the first time this year at one of the world’s motor shows.
The ongoing Qashqai has been released back in 2013 roughly at the same time with the X-Trail, its platform sibling. Unlike the X-Trail, the Qashqai is smaller and aimed at those looking for a true urban crossover. The car manages to offer a great driving position which is tall and offers great visibility all around. On top of that, it comes with highly frugal engines meant to offer more than just power. Unfortunately, the car is not perfect but it will be revised with the new Nissan Qashqai 2018. Up to this point the Japanese manufacturer didn’t say much about the mid-life facelift of their crossover. Luckily, though, there are plenty of rumors and some interesting inside information about the car.
Being just a mid-life facelift, the car is not going to be fully redesigned. This means that it will continue to be built on the same chassis as before and a good part of it will remain the same. Things are going to improve though. For starters, both its interior and exterior are expected to go through a small update. The engines might get revised as well and the car may receive a few new trim levels. Unlike the current model, the new Qashqai is actually expected to be sold in the US as well. This has not been confirmed by Nissan but they do lack a car of this size for the US market which only gets the Juke and the larger X-Trail. The US model might cost less than $20,000 and it may become one of the toughest competitors for Mazda’s CX-3 or Ford’s Escape. Unfortunately the car is still likely at least a year away which will give the others plenty of time to get a good part of the market for themselves.
Nissan Qashqai 2018 Design
We did say that the upcoming Nissan Qashqai 2018 might look a bit more different than what is currently available. In fact, the car is expected to borrow a lot from the US Rogue which has been updated some time ago. In the front, we should see a departure from all that chrome for something a bit more stylish. On top of that, expect it to receive a new set of headlights which should be angled down to create a more aggressive overall front end. The rear of the car may receive a revised bumper as well as new tail lights but these changes will be less noticeable.
2018 Qashqai Interior
The current car is actually one of the better-made models in its class and this should be the case with the Nissan Qashqai 2018 as well. We expect to see here roughly the same dashboard as before. However, the hard plastics should be replaced by softer materials while the steering wheel should be replaced by the one from the new Micra. All of these will make the car feel a lot more premium than it really is.
Under the hood
Even though its larger sibling received a more powerful engine, the Qashqai will likely skip on it. Instead, the car should continue with the same three petrol engines and two types of diesel as before. The US market, on the other hand, may receive two turbocharged petrol engines, a 1.2-liter unit and a larger 1.6 liter inline 4. While the first is also available in Europe, the latter is only offered on some of Nissan’s and Renault’s higher end cars. This is known to make north of 200 horsepower while delivering incredible fuel efficiency. The already well known six-speed manual should still be offered as standard while the CVT will remain an option. Nissan may also release a new dual-clutch transmission which would make things quite interesting, at least for the lower end models.