Nissan has officially unveiled the 2014 Qashqai. It is larger and more luxurious than its predecessor.

Nissan has officially unveiled the 2014 Qashqai.

Set to go on sale in January, the redesigned crossover has an upscale appearance with LED-infused headlights, a clamshell-style hood and a distinctive greenhouse. The model also has a sloping roofline, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and an Active Grille Shutter - on diesel models with manual transmissions - that automatically closes at speeds above 30 km/h (18 mph).

The upscale styling continues in the cabin as it boasts higher quality materials and an improved design. Notable highlights include gloss black trim, metallic accents and 'zero-gravity' seats that promise to offer more comfort and support. There's also a larger boot and a new NissanConnect infotainment system that has a seven-inch touchscreen display and internet connectivity.

Under the hood, four different engines are available including:

  • A 1.2-liter DIG-T with 115 HP (85 kW) and 190 Nm (140 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 1.6-liter DIG-T with 150 HP (110 kW) and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 1.5-liter dCi with 110 HP (81 kW)
  • A 1.6-liter dCi with 130 HP (96 kW)

The engines are connected to manual transmissions and a front-wheel drive system but an Xtronic continuously variable transmission and ALL-MODE 4x4-i system is optional.

The 2014 Qashqai rides on Renault-Nissan's new CMF (Common Module Family) platform and weighs as much as 40 kg (88.1 lbs) less than its predecessor. The model also has an improved suspension and a new Electronic Power Assisted Steering system that promises to deliver a "more natural driving experience."


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