The Nissan Qashqai (/ˈkæʃkaɪ/) is a compact crossover SUV (C-segment) developed and produced by the Japanese car manufacturer Nissan since 2006. The first generation of the vehicle was sold under the name Nissan Dualis (Japanese: 日産・デュアリス, Hepburn: Nissan Dyuarisu) in Japan and Australia, and Qashqai in other markets. The second generation, which was released in 2014, is not sold in Japan and is badged as the Qashqai in all countries it is sold, except in the United States, where it is rebadged as the Nissan Rogue Sport.
Nissan named the vehicle after the Qashqai people, who live in mountainous Central and Southwestern Iran.
Nissan Qashqai Development
When the Renault–Nissan Alliance was formed in 1999, Nissan new COO Carlos Ghosn instructed the company to transform is product portofolio in Europe. The C-segment Almera, a slow-seller in Europe became a primary focus. In early 2002, 25 European Nissan engineers travelled to the brand’s technical centre in Japan to start of a 12-month project to develop the successor of the Almera. It was projected to be larger, to compete with the SEAT Altea and Volkswagen Golf Plus.
In December 2002, the company concluded the planned model would not be as profitable and competitive as was required. The development team eventually came up with the idea of a “mini-Murano” type of vehicle smaller than the X-Trail that would be positioned to compete with hatchback and saloons. The development focused on creating a Europe-oriented vehicle with the desirability, practicality and versatility of an SUV but with the size, driving dynamics and running costs of a family hatchback. While engineering work was done by Nissan’s European Technical Centre (NTCE), a design proposal was put forward by Nissan Design Europe (NDE), which created the 2004 Qashqai concept.
During final development, Nissan decided the Qashqai would serve as a replacement for both the Almera in the C-segment and Primera in the D-segment. Nissan picked Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK as its manufacturing plant for the European market.
First generation (J10; 2006)
First unveiled as a concept vehicle at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show, the first-generation Qashqai was globally presented at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. It went on sale in February 2007, and Nissan aimed for more than 100,000 sales a year. Codenamed P32L, Nissan said the car would cater to buyers who want a more dynamic design, but are not attracted to the large, aggressive nature of an SUV. The car slots below the X-Trail in the Nissan range and partially replaces the conventional Primera and the smaller Almera. It also replaced the off-road-capable body-on-frame Mistral/Terrano II as Nissan’s SUV offering in Europe.
Since its facelift in 2010, the Qashqai has sold over 200,000 annual units in Europe (excluding Russia) every year, and the first generation Qashqai has sold more than 1.24 million units in Europe during its 7 year production run. The Qashqai is exported to the Middle East and other overseas markets.
The Qashqai uses the same platform as the X-Trail (the vehicle upon which the Qashqai is based). It received a five star Euro NCAP safety rating – the best ever adult occupant score.
Five 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, 130 PS (96 kW; 128 bhp) 1.6 L and 150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp) 2.0 L provide the diesel offerings.
On 4 December 2009, Nissan announced the Qashqai’s next version, which went 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.
Electronic stability control 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.
Second generation (J11; 2013)
The Qashqai J11 was introduced in London on 7 November 2013 at a worldwide streamed launch. The vehicle is larger and based on an all-new CMF-CD platform shared with the Nissan X-Trail/Rogue and Renault Kadjar. It went on sale in the UK in February 2014. The Qashqai J11 was awarded What Car? “Car of the Year” 2014.
The Dualis nameplate has been discontinued in Japan, as the second generation Qashqai is not sold there. At the time, Nissan Japan instead offers the smaller Juke, and the third-generation X-Trail.
The first generation model with the Dualis nameplate was sold alongside the newer model, which has borne the Qashqai name in Australia since July 2014.
Globally, it is available in 1.6-litre petrol and turbodiesel engines, 1.5-litre turbodiesel, 1.2-litre petrol turbocharged engine and 2.0-litre petrol engine.
In September 2015, Nissan rolled a record-breaking 500,000th Qashqai off the production line at the UK plant, the fastest time for a vehicle built in the UK to reach a half million units.
On 27 October 2016, Nissan announced that the facelifted Qashqai would be produced at the UK plant. The facelifted Qashqai was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and has been sold for the Nissan USA markets only as the Nissan Rogue Sport.
The Qashqai Turbo went on sale in Hong Kong on 25 October 2019.
Third generation (J12; 2021)
The third-generation Qashqai was revealed on 18 February 2021. The vehicle is slightly larger than before, being 35 mm (1.4 in) longer, 32 mm (1.3 in) wider and 25 mm (1.0 in) taller, while its wheelbase is 20 mm (0.8 in) longer.
Launched in 2021, the third-generation Qashqai uses the Renault–Nissan Common Module Family C/D (CMF-CD) platform first seen on the third-generation Nissan Rogue. It is claimed to use more lightweight materials and advanced stamping and welding techniques in its construction to increase strength and reduce weight. The bonnet, front fenders and doors are made of aluminium and are 21 kg (46 lb) lighter, while the tailgate is made from composites and saves 2.3 kg (5.1 lb).
For better visibility, Nissan engineered a thinner A-pillar design and the mounting of the wing mirrors on the doors instead of the A-pillar. Elsewhere, rear knee room has grown by 28 mm (1.1 in) to 608 mm (23.9 in), while headroom has increased by 15 mm (0.6 in). The boot is also 50 litres larger due to the lower cargo floor and redesigned suspension.
The base engine option is the mild hybrid 1.3-litre four-cylinder DIG-T turbocharged petrol engine which makes 138 hp (140 PS; 103 kW) at 5500 rpm with 220 N⋅m (162 lbf⋅ft) at 1500–3500 rpm and 157 hp (159 PS; 117 kW) with 270 N⋅m (199 lbf⋅ft) at 1800–3500 rpm. It is paired to either a 6-speed manual or an Xtronic CVT transmission. All-wheel-drive is available for the 156 hp option with CVT.
For the first time, the Qashqai range also includes the e-Power hybrid powertrain. The system uses the ICE engine as a generator of electricity and disconnected to the driven wheels. The system combines a 154 hp (156 PS; 115 kW) 1.5-liter variable-compression petrol engine with a 187 hp (190 PS; 139 kW) electric motor, a power generator, and an inverter.
|Assembly||United Kingdom: Sunderland (NMUK)|
|Platform||Renault–Nissan CMF-CD platform|
|Related||Nissan Rogue/X-Trail (T33)|
1.3 L HR13DDT DIG-T I4 turbo
1.5 L MR15DDT (KH5T) e-Power I3 turbo
|Electric motor||12V electric motor/generator micro-hybridization solution (MHEV)|
AC3 synchronous (e-Power)
|Power output||103 kW (138 hp; 140 PS) and 117 kW (157 hp; 159 PS) (HR13DDT)|
117 kW (157 hp; 159 PS) (MR15DDT (KH5T) e-Power)
Single speed constant ratio (e-Power)
|Hybrid drivetrain||Mild hybrid (1.3L 12V ALiS)|
Series hybrid (e-Power)
|Battery||12-volt advanced lithium-ion battery system (ALiS)|
2 kWh Panasonic lithium-ion (e-Power)
|Wheelbase||2,666 mm (105.0 in)|
|Length||4,425 mm (174.2 in)|
|Width||1,838 mm (72.4 in)|
|Height||1,635 mm (64.4 in)|