Downsizing is only a matter of engine capacity, says Nissan about its choice of a 1,2-litre turbo engine as its only petrol option for the new Qashqai. The new version of the compact SUV was launched in South Africa this week.
According to Nissan, the new Qashqai has leapt several steps up in respect of interior finishes, refinement and tech – notably in areas such as connectivity options and engine. The company even sought inspiration from Nasa in designing its new seats. According to Nissan, Nasa research provided the impetus to analyse blood flow and pressure in the lower backs of seated passengers. Using advanced medical scanning techniques, they have come up with a new design that features special bolstering in the pelvis, lumbar and chest areas. Overall comfort is improved, too, they say.
Downsizing is one of the key tactics in following a strategy of lower fuel consumption and reduced carbon emissions. The new 1.2-litre direct injection turbocharged engine produces 85 kW at 4 500 r/min and 190 N.m at 2 000 tr/min. The engine drives the front wheels through a 6-speed manual gearbox. Paired with start/stop technology, a regenerative alternator, optimised gear ratios and special low-viscosity oils, it’s said to achieve 6,2 litres/100 km and CO2 emissions of 144 g/km.
Two diesels are also on offer: the 81 kw/260N.m 1,5 dCi and the range-topping 96 kW/320 N.m 1,6dCi common rail turbo. Nissan XTRONIC CVT is available as an option, with ALL MODE 4×4-i on upscale versions. To aid efficiency, diesel derivatives have an intelligent Active Grille Shutter system that shuts off airflow through the radiator above 30 km/h.
The new Qashqai is available in 5-seat configuration only. Price: from R281 900.