As part of the so-called Nissan Intelligent Mobility program, the new Qashqai picks up ProPilot semi-autonomous drive capabilities allowing the vehicle to centre itself within a lane and maintain a consistent distance between itself and a car in front all the way to a complete stop.
ProPilot can be used at freeway speeds or in congested traffic, according to Nissan, though it is unable to operate across multiple lanes, or change lanes to take evasive action making it a semi-autonomous system, rather than a full hands-off driving aid.
From the outside, the updated Qashqai features a bold new take in Nissan’s V-motion grille, reaching deeper into the front bumper than before. New bumpers front and rear, and new alloy wheel designs have also been added.
Front and rear lighting also scores a reboot, with a more premium take on the front ‘boomerang’ LED running lights, and adaptive front lighting newly added. Rear lights also feature boomerang styling that now reaches further across the lamp housings, with a new 3D lens effect.
Nissan has added a sport-styled flat-bottom steering wheel, Nappa leather trim on the top-grade model, upgraded infotainment and optional Bose audio to the interior. Changes have also been made to noise suppression materials, to reduce cabin noise levels.
Beneath the surface, the suspension and steering have been revised aimed at improving on-road refinement. No mention of changes to the Qashqai’s engines have been made though.
Europe will see the updated Qashqai from July, with Australia expected to see the new range before the end of the year.
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