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Nissan's new Qashqai small SUV touches down in Australia this week, following its international unveiling late last year.

Replacing the Dualis (already known as Qashqai elsewhere), the new SUV evolves the sharpened styling shared with its larger X-Trail stablemate.

Priced from $25,850, the Qashqai is available in four trim grades, with one petrol and one diesel engine, along with six-speed manual and CVT auto transmissions.

The new range also sees the end to an all-wheel-drive option, with only five percent of Dualis customers going in that direction.

Nissan has also confirmed that for the new Qashqai, Capped Price Servicing will move to 10,000km / 12-month service intervals, rather than the 10,000km / six-month schedule of the Dualis. (See costing chart here.)

The range tops out with the TL 1.6 turbo diesel xtronic CVT auto, priced at $37,990 before on-roads and $41,455 drive-away.

By comparison, the superseded Dualis range began at $25,990 for the ST 2.0 petrol manual and topped out at $39,390 for the seven-seat Ti-L petrol.

For the new model year, the Qashqai does away with its predecessor’s seven-seat option, moving larger families toward the more spacious X-Trail.

 

Mechanical Package

Engine options with the Australian Qashqai range include a 2.0 litre ‘MR20’ petrol engine, producing 106kW and 200Nm - a small increase over the outgoing model’s 102kW and 198Nm.

Fuel consumption is listed at 7.7 l/100km in six-speed manual form, and 6.9 l/100km with the CVT automatic.

In the outgoing Dualis, fuel consumption with the 2.0 petrol is listed at 8.1 l/100km on the combined cycle.

Other markets see the inclusion of 85kW 1.2 turbo and 110kW 1.6 turbo petrol engines, although it is unclear if either will come to the local Qashqai.

Speaking with TMR, Nissan Australia's Peter Fadeyev confirmed that there are no present plans to bring the 1.6 turbo petrol Qashqai to Australia.

The new Qashqai will also be offered with a 1.6 turbodiesel engine, again producing 96kW and 320Nm as it does in the Dualis.

Available in CVT auto form only, fuel figures for the diesel Qashqai are listed at 4.9 l/100km. The outgoing Dualis 1.6 diesel lists fuel use at 4.5 l/100km.

Front- and ‘All-Mode 4x4’ all-wheel-drive models are offered overseas, although Nissan Australia has confirmed with TMR that, at this stage, only front-wheel-drive will be offered locally.

The outgoing Dualis line-up includes two all-wheel-drive models, both in top-spec Ti-L automatic five- and seven-seat petrol form.

Globally, Nissan believes that front-wheel-drive variants will account for the majority of sales in the new Qashqai range.

The new Qashqai rides on Renault-Nissan's new ‘CMF’ modular platform, with suspension managed by MacPherson struts up front and one of two arrangements at the rear.

In two-wheel-drive form there's a twist beam design, while overseas all-wheel-drive models get a multi-link setup.

The new Qashqai also gets an electric power assisted steering system across the range, benefiting from a lengthened caster trail in the front suspension for improved centring and feedback through the wheel.

Braked towing capacity for the new Qashqai is rated at 1200kg for CVT petrol models, and 1400kg for manual petrol and auto-only diesel models.

 

Features and Dimensions

Standard features in the new Qashqai, by model, include:

Nissan Qashqai ST petrol:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Roof spoiler
  • Automatic headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors with indicators
  • NissanConnect smartphone connectivity
  • Rear Camera
  • 5-inch QVGA Front Display
  • Cruise Control
  • Leather-accented steering wheel and gear shift knob^
  • Electronic park brake
  • Front, side and curtain airbags
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control, Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist
  • Integrated Dynamics Module
  • High Mount LED Stop Lamp
  • Front and Rear Seat Belt Warning and Alarm
  • Immobiliser
  • Tether and ISOFIX
  • Space saver wheel

Nissan Qashqai TS diesel adds:

  • Idle Stop-Start
  • Electric Folding Mirrors
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Fog Lights
  • Flexible Cargo Storage System
  • Privacy Glass
  • Premium Cloth Trim
  • Engine Push Button Start with Intelligent Key
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Rear Centre Armrest
  • Dual Zone Climate Control
  • Six Audio Speakers

Nissan Qashqai Ti petrol adds:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • 7-inch QVGA Front Display
  • Navigation with traffic monitoring
  • Around View Monitor
  • Electric Folding Mirrors
  • Privacy Glass
  • Fog Lights
  • Roof Rails
  • Automatic High/Low LED Headlights
  • Panoramic Roof
  • Engine Push Button Start with Intelligent Key
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Leather-accented seat trim^
  • Front heated seats
  • Driver lumbar support
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Flexible Cargo Storage System
  • Six Audio Speakers
  • Dual-Zone Climate Control
  • Blind Spot Warning Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Moving Object Detection
  • High Beam Assist
  • Driver Attention Support

Nissan Qashqai TL diesel adds:

  • Idle Stop-Start

The new Qashqai measures 50mm longer than its predecessor, contributing to an increase in seats-up rear storage of 430 litres - an improvement of 20 litres.

Width has also grown by 20mm, and the new Qashqai is overall 15mm lower than before.

As it was the previous model, the new Qashqai will be built at Nissan’s Sunderland facility in the UK.

Watch for full specifications to be released in the lead-up to the new Qashqai’s July 14 launch.

The next new Nissan SUV bound for Australia will be the latest Murano, revealed in April. A late 2015 launch here is expected.

 

PRICING (drive-away pricing in brackets)

Petrol Grades

  • ST 2.0L six-speed manual - $25,850 ($28,949)
  • ST 2.0L Xtronic - $28,490 ($31,667)
  • Ti 2.0L six-speed manual - $32,490 ($35,787)
  • Ti 2.0L Xtronic - $34,990 ($38,365)

Diesel Grades

  • TS 1.6L turbo diesel Xtronic - $33,200 ($36,521)
  • TL 1.6L turbo diesel Xtronic - $37,990 ($41,455)

(Nissan notes: maximum recommended drive-away price for vehicle in Victoria including 12 months’ registration, 12 months’ CTP and applicable statutory charges, dealer delivery and administration charges. Price is based on a private owner aged 40 with a good driving record and the vehicle being garaged in Victoria. Prices may differ depending on State vehicle purchased in and individual’s personal circumstances, and may also vary from dealer to dealer. Premium paint available at additional cost.)

 
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