The new 2018 Nissan Qashqai had its debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. The newest mid-size SUV model is coming out with a new design, some changes in the interior and a new engine. It is going to be larger and more comfortable compering to previous generations. With the new version Nissan is also introducing its first generation ProPilot self-driving system which will allow this SUV to steer, accelerate and reduce speed and change lanes automatically when driving in a city or a highway.
This is also an attempt to establish the positon of the Qashqai model for the US audiences. The previous car introduced this car to the US market and with the new one it is going to fortify its position further more. The images of the car first appeared from Spain where the model was seen doing tests and wearing camouflage, but the quick eye of the reporters reacted very fast and this is how we got our first batch of spy photos and our first sight of the 2018 Nissan Qashqai.
Although the Nissan Qashqai will make its debut bearing its original name for the home market, the name might change for the release date in America. Since the Rogue is already an established and also the smallest CUV car on the market there, they might go for a similar name. For now we are calling it the 2018 Nissan Qashqai and we will see if the name change really happens.
How Much Will 2018 Nissan Qashqai Cost?
It seems that the price of the newest model won’t be much impacted by the changes and it is expected to start at €18,000, or $21,000 when translated for the US market. The only price difference is anticipated with the seven seats version that is going to have a slightly longer wheelbase. This model is expected to be up to 10% more expensive than cars currently available on the market.
2018 Nissan Qashqai Exterior Redesign
One of the most significant changes on the new 2018 Nissan Qashqai is going to be the way it looks. This model’s front will receive a restyled design with the latest version of the company’s V-motion grille and incorporated headlights which will make it look more up-to-date and aggressive. Its rear features new graphics for the tail lights and a new bumper.
Also, since this car will need to adapt to the US standards there are going to be some changes made which will address the U.S. DOT regulations. These are mainly going to be added for the front end and the tailgate of the car. The 2018 Nissan Qashqai rear end of actually looks like as if it has been carried over from the European version, but it does not diminish the look of the car one bit. All in all, even with the minor changes made to this car it does look a lot sportier and has a very good new appearance which will probably appeal to a lot of new audiences.
What’s New Inside? 2018 Nissan Qashqai Interior Facelift
For the most part, the inside cabin will stay unchanged comparing to the outgoing model. However, the materials are expected to be slightly better and the equipment is going to remain well above the average of this SUV class.
The central upgrade will be the steering wheel which will be significantly more attractive than before with a smaller center section and a four-way controller that will allow better command of integral technology with less time spent looking away from the road.
Furthermore, the upgrades inside the 2018 Nissan Qashqai cabin include ‘NissanConnect’ multimedia system with DAB digital radio and satellite navigation and an optional seven-speaker Bose sound system. Passengers will be able to enjoy reduced noise due to better insulation and thicker rear windows. Further offered technologies ranges to park assistance, traffic sign recognition, driver attention alert, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning.
What about the drive? 2018 Nissan Qashqai Engine and Transmission
The newest 2018 Nissan Qashqai is going to continue to offer a great engine setup. The Nissan Qashqai is known to be one of the most comfortable cars in this SUV class. The latest version is expected to have the same engines as the previous version. The seven-seater is expected to be available with two engines, a 1.6 liter petrol and 1.6 liter diesel. The petrol engine will come with an output of 161 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque while the diesel will offer 129 horsepower and 26 lb-ft of torque. CTV is expected to be the only option in both engine versions.
2018 Nissan Qashqai 0-60 mph and Top Speed
Current estimations also say that the 2018 Nissan Qashqai is going to have the same specs as its predecessor. The acceleration and the top speed will be pretty much the same as the car that came before and it will probably be able to accelerate to 0-60 mph in around 10 seconds and also get a top speed of 125 mph. These are pretty standard specs but it is also something that works for the car and the segment it is in.
Are There any Change with the Fuel Economy?
The new specs for the fuel economy of the 2018 Nissan Qashqai are still not in. But as a new smaller size and downsized engines appear in this version, we can only expect from the stats to improve. It will probably offer better consumption which is much appreciated for the European audiences. Of course people in the US will also like having this and will more than likely be glad with the improvements. We can say that it will probably improve the popularity and the position of the Qashqai in the US.
2018 Nissan Qashqai Release Date – When Can We Expect it the Market?
The exact release date of 2018 Nissan Qashqai hasn’t been formally confirmed, however, some reports suggest it is going to be launched in Europe and Australia mid-2017. The US release date will come a little bit after and we predict it being offered for the first quarter of 2018.
This segment will not be as kind as you would hope it is toward the 2018 Nissan Qashqai. The cars which will already be established here include the models that have been here a long time. Such cars include the Ford Escape and the Kia Sportage, which are the favorites when it comes to the US drivers. We shall see if this offer gets to be enough for the 2018 Qashqai to get to the top of the segment.