Following its recent updates, intended to keep it at the top of buyers' shopping lists in the mid-size hatchback segment, the Qashqai will add another innovation to its armory with the addition of new stop start system technology on the 1.6-litre petrol engine.
The stop start system will turn the engine off when the Qashqai is stopped, the gearlever is in neutral, the clutch is released, vehicle speed is below 2km/h, the driver's seatbelt is attached and their door is closed. Typical circumstances where this could be envisaged are when the car is stopped at a red light, or waiting for a level crossing.
The engine will then automatically re-start when the clutch is depressed, if the vehicle speed exceeds 2km/h, if the windscreen/rear screen de-mister is activated or if the battery voltage becomes too low. And the engine will not re-start if the driver's seatbelt is unattached or their door is open.
Furthermore, the Qashqai's driver computer also features an information section relating to the stop start system system. The driver computer records an estimate of the amount of Co2 that has been saved and how long the engine has been stopped during the Qashqai's current journey, as well as a running total of CO2 saved and engine stopped time for its life so far on the road.
The fitment of stop start system has reduced the CO2 of the 1.6 petrol Qashqai from 144g/km to 139g/km and on the combined cycle, fuel consumption has dropped to 6.2l/100km from 5.9l/100km.
Meanwhile, the 1.5 dCi engine has been updated, now producing 110PS. It is also now equipped with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) as standard, The 2.0 dCi engine has seen its CO2 levels drop from 167 to 155g/km (2wd manual) 177g/km to 159g/km (4wd manual) and 191 to 184g/km (4wd automatic).
Customers will now be able to choose from a new colour in the Qashqai palette. Called New Grey, it's a shade which is already available on Juke and GT-R.
A new special version Qashqai has been created to underline its credentials as a premium compact crossover. Based on the mid-grade Acenta version, it boasts the addition of a glassroof, roof rails, privacy glass, aluminium pedals and new black dual tone 18" alloy wheels.
Source: Nissan press