The Nissan Qashqai is a compact crossover SUV produced by the Japanese car manufacturer Nissan since 2006. For the first generation, the Qashqai was sold under the name Nissan Dualis in Japan and Australia. Now in its second generation, which was released in 2014, the new model is only badged as Qashqai, except in the United States where it is rebadged as the Nissan Rogue Sport.
The original Qashqai replaced the off-road capable body-on-frame Mistral/Terrano II as Nissan’s SUV offering, and its P32L automobile platform will be also used by other forthcoming Nissan crossover SUVs. Nissan named the Qashqai after the Qashqai (pronounced [qaʃqaːʔiː]) people living in mountainous Southwestern Iran. Qashqai means “A horse with a white forehead” based on a translation by Vasily Bartold.
Nissan considered releasing the Chinese version as the CCUV (Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle). In Australia the Qashqai carries the name Dualis from the Japanese domestic market version because Nissan worried Qashqai could be pronounced “cash cow”. The press has often used that pun to describe the sales success of the model.
Built on an all new platform, the Qashqai went on sale in February 2007, and Nissan targeted more than 100,000 sales per year. Nissan said the car would cater to those buyers who want a more dynamic design, but are not attracted to the large, aggressive nature of a sport utility vehicle.
The car slots below the X-Trail in the Nissan range and partially replaces the conventional Primera, even though it took the production place of the smaller Almera. In terms of size, its 4,310 millimetres (169.7 in) length and 1,610 millimetres (63.4 in) height make it fall between compact MPVs, such as the SEAT Altea and Peugeot 5008; and compact SUVs like the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage and Mitsubishi Outlander.
The top half of Qashqai has a sleek, dynamic form with a distinctive shoulder line which rises at the rear — a design cue similar to that of the Nissan Murano. The lower portion resembles an SUV due to large, pronounced wheel arches and a slightly elevated ground clearance.
The Qashqai uses the same platform as the X-Trail (the vehicle upon which the Qashqai is based). Nissan regards the Qashqai as a rival to such cars as the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V and in 2007 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.
The Qashqai J11 was introduced in London on November 7, 2013, at a worldwide streamed launch known at the #nextgen. It was subsequently presented as a premiere at the Brussels International Motor Show in January 2014. In February 2014, it went on sale in the United Kingdom. The new Qashqai J11 was awarded What Car? “Car of the Year” 2014.
The Dualis nameplate has been discontinued in Japan, and the second generation Qashqai is not sold there. Nissan Japan instead offers the smaller Juke, and the new larger X-Trail which is now based on the Rogue.
The first generation model with the Dualis nameplate was sold alongside the newer model, which now bears the Qashqai name in Australia since July 2014.
Globally, it is available in 1.6 L (turbodiesel/petrol), 1.5 L (turbodiesel), 1.2 L (turbopetrol) and 2.0 L (petrol) variants.
In July 2015, Nissan announced that it will begin to market the Qashqai on the market in North America. In September 2015, Nissan rolled a record breaking 500,000th Qashqai off the production line at NMMUK, the fastest time for a vehicle built in the United Kingdom to reach a half million units.
Dongfeng Nissan started marketing locally produced Qashqai in Chinese market. Engine options available are 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol and 2.0 L naturally aspirated petrol. All models excluding the base 1.2T are mated with NIssan’s Xtronic CVT, while the base 1.2T engine is mated with a six speed manual gearbox.
At the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan Nissan revealed the North American version of the Qashqai to slot between the Juke & Rogue. Due to homologation reasons Nissan USA had to make minor changes to the Qashqai including calling it “Rogue Sport”, to tie it in with the popular Rogue name. In Canada, however, the Qashqai will keep its original name.
Pricing for the 2018 Nissan Qashqai will start under $20,000 in Canada. The manual S trim model begins at $19,998 and the S CVT at $21,998. The price tops out at $32,198 for the SL Platinum. The Qashqai arrived at dealers in Canada in June.
On October 27, 2016, Nissan Motor Corporation announced the production of the facelifted Qashqai at NMUK.