|Also called||Nissan Dualis (Japan and Australia)|
|Assembly||NMUK, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
Kanda, Fukuoka, Japan
Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile Company, Luanda, Angola
|Class||Compact crossover SUV|
|Body style(s)||5-door SUV|
|Layout||Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive|
|Platform||Nissan C platform|
|Engine(s)||1.6L I4, 2.0L I4 petrol
1.5L I4, 2.0L I4 diesel
|Wheelbase||2,630 mm (103.5 in)
2,760 mm (108.7 in) (+2 version)
|Length||4,315 mm (169.9 in)
4,535 mm (178.5 in) (+2 version)
|Width||1,785 mm (70.3 in)|
|Height||1,605 mm (63.2 in)|
The Nissan Qashqai, known as the Nissan Dualis in Japan and Australia, is a compact crossover SUV produced by the Japanese car manufacturer Nissan since 2007. It replaced the body-on-frame Mistral as its small SUV offering and its P32L automobile platform will be also used by other forthcoming Nissan crossover SUVs.
It is the first model to be styled by Nissan Design Europe in London, with engineering development led by Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) in Cranfield, Bedfordshire. It was globally presented at the 2006 Paris Motor Show.
By the end of 2007, Nissan had sold approximately 100,000 Nissan Qashqais in Europe, including 17,554 in UK, 15,376 in Russia, and 10,746 in Italy. Nissan expects to deliver its 500,000th Qashqai before the end of 2009, ahead of a facelift for the 2010 model year.
The Qashqai is exported to the Middle East and additional overseas markets.
Built on an all-new platform, the Qashqai went on sale in February 2007, and Nissan targeted more than 100,000 sales per year. Nissan said the car, named after the nomadic Qashqai tribe in Iran, would cater to those buyers who want a more dynamic design, but are not attracted to the large, aggressive nature of a sport utility vehicle. The car slots below the X-Trail in the Nissan range and partially replaces the conventional Primera (still produced at the Sunderland plant for export markets, but no longer sold in the UK), even though it took the production place of the smaller Almera. In terms of size, its 4,310 millimetres (169.7 in) length and 1,610 millimetres (63.4 in) height make it fall between compact MPVs, such as the SEAT Altea and Renault Scénic; and compact SUVs like the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage and Mitsubishi Outlander.
The top half of Qashqai has a sleek, dynamic form with a distinctive shoulder line which rises at the rear — a design cue similar to that of the Nissan Murano. The lower portion resembles an SUV due to large, pronounced wheel arches and a slightly elevated ground clearance. The Qashqai uses the same platform as the X-Trail (the vehicle upon which the Qashqai is based), but is not as functional or as off-road capable as the latter. Nissan regards the Qashqai as a rival to such cars as the Toyota RAV-4 and the Honda CR-V. The Qashqai is equipped with an AWD/4WD system and in 2007 received a five star Euro NCAP safety rating — the best ever adult occupant score.
Four engine choices are available: a 114 PS (84 kW; 112 bhp) 1.6 L or a 141 PS (104 kW; 139 bhp) 2.0 L petrol, while the 106 PS (78 kW; 105 bhp) 1.5 L and 150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp) 2.0 L provide the diesel offerings.
Production of a seven-passenger version of the Qashqai, named "Qashqai+2", began at NMUK in July 2008. Launched in October 2008, it is a larger variant of the standard model with the wheelbase extended by 135 mm. The overall length of the car is extended by 211 mm to allow for a third row of seats, and roof height is increased by 38 mm at the rear.
From the A-pillar back the car's chassis is unique, but trim and engine models remain the same as on the standard Qashqai.
On 4 December 2009, Nissan announced the Qashqai's next version, to go on sale in March 2010. The model's front end has been completely restyled while the rear now includes LED tail-lights. Modifications to the interior include a new instrument panel layout for the vehicle's drive computer, better soundproofing and minor storage additions. ESP is now standard across the range and two new exterior colours have been added. The launch of an eco-friendly Pure Drive variant has also been announced.
The Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) Dualis is offered in 2.0 G, 2.0 S, 2.0 G Four, and 2.0 S Four trim levels. All models are powered by 2.0-litre MR20DE engine matched to 6-speed NCVT.
The Qashqai is not offered in North American markets. The Nissan Rogue, a completely different model despite some visual similarities, although even larger, but sized like the related X-Trail, is offered instead. In Mexico, the X-Trail and Rogue are both sold.
Nissan New Zealand also uses the Qashqai name to distinguish the model from Dualis grey imports that were shipped from Japan before the official release. This occurred until July 2009 when the source reverted to the UK. The Qashqai is only available as a 2WD automatic option and has two specification levels: St and Ti.
The Qashqai is named after a nomadic tribe (pronounced [qaʃqaːʔiː]) in southwestern Iran (Persia); Nissan's designers believe that the car's typical buyer would also be itinerant in nature. The Chinese nameplate was to be CCUV, an initialism for "Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle", but since the Chinese launch the car has been named Qashqai. In Australia, the Qashqai carries the name Dualis. This was chosen out of fear that Australians might call it the "cash cow".
|Nissan car timeline, European market, 1980s–present|
|Supermini||Micra K10||Micra K11||Micra K12|
|Small family car||Cherry N10||Cherry N12|
|Sunny B310||Sunny B11||Sunny N13||Sunny N14||Almera N15||Almera N16||Tiida C11|
|Large family car||Stanza T11|
|Bluebird 910||Bluebird U11||Bluebird T12/T72||Primera P10||Primera P11||Primera P12|
|Executive car||Laurel C31||Laurel C32||Maxima J30||Maxima QX A32||Maxima QX A33||Teana|
|Coupé||Silvia S110||Silvia S12||200SX S13||200SX S14|
|Sports car||280ZX||300ZX Z31||300ZX Z32||350Z Z33|
|Compact MPV||Prairie M10||Prairie M11||Almera Tino|
|X-Trail T30||X-Trail T31|
|Patrol 160||Patrol Y60||Patrol Y61|