Ahead of its local launch in early 2022, Australian specs for the 2022 Nissan Qashqai have been revealed. Launching with four variants, the 2022 Qashqai will be powered by a single drivetrain for the time being: a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a CVT automatic transmission. All Australian Qashqai models will be front-wheel drive, and while pricing is yet to be revealed, we expect an increase over the current model’s $28,590 (plus on-road costs) starting price.
“The new Qashqai is the perfect example of style meeting substance, from its sleek exterior design and premium cabin to its advanced safety equipment and powerful yet efficient engine options,” said Nissan Australia Managing Director, Adam Paterson.
“Bigger, smarter, safer, and more spacious, the new Qashqai is everything our customers are looking for in their next SUV, all wrapped in a stylish and well-equipped package, across the range.”
The 2022 Nissan Qashqai uses Nissan’s new ‘CMF-C’ platform, which has allowed the car to grow – its overall length has increased 31mm to 4,425mm, 30mm taller to 1,625mm and 29mm wider to 1,835mm – but also lose weight as it weighs around 60kg less than the current model. Nissan also claims that the new Qashqai is 48 per cent stiffer than the current model.
While Nissan Australia is yet to announce further mechanical details of the 2022 Nissan Qashqai, it has revealed that all models use a multi-link independent rear suspension set up, which is the better of two rear suspension set ups offered in Europe.
Standard on all 2022 Nissan Qashqai models is a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 110kW/250Nm – 4kW and a full 50Nm more than the ancient 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine offered on the current model. Nissan claims that it will use 6.1L/100km of fuel – 0.8L/100km less than the current car – and emit 138g/km of CO2. Standard on all models will be a CVT automatic transmission with stepped shifting capability and three drive modes: eco, normal and sport.
An ‘e-Power’ hybrid is due late in 2022, which will use hybrid tech to lower the car’s emissions further.
The entry-level ST is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, manual air-conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, a rear spoiler, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two USB ports, a six-speaker sound system and a 7.0-inch digital driver’s display.
Safety kit – even in the base ST – is plentiful with seven airbags (including a front centre unit), auto emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian, cyclist and intersection assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and departure prevention, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear auto braking, traffic sign recognition, driver attention alert, rear seat alert, auto high beam, front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.
The ST+ adds LED front fog lights, larger 18-inch wheels, automatic wipers, a larger 9.0-inch touchscreen with wireless smartphone connectivity, satellite navigation, a 360-degree parking camera and moving object section.
The ST-L further adds 19-inch wheels, Matrix adaptive high beam functionality for the headlights, rear privacy glass, roof rails and LED indicators. Inside adds leather upholstery with heated front seats, an 8-way electric driver’s seat, wireless phone charging and dual-zone climate control. The ST-L also adds Nissan’s ‘ProPILOT’ safety kit, which includes lane keep assist and semi-autonomous driving capability on motorways and in traffic jams.
Finally, the top-spec Ti adds a panoramic roof, quilted leather upholstery, memory and massaging functionality for the front seats, a motion-activated electric tailgate, a black headliner, ambient interior lighting, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, a 10.8-inch heads-up display, a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, automatic parking and side parking sensors.
Supplementing the recently launched Juke and upcoming X-Trail, further details on the 2022 Nissan Qashqai such as pricing and full specifications are due to be announced before the car’s local launch in early 2022.
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