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Lookers Nissan takes a closer look at the All New Nissan Qashqai, being unveiled on the 18th February and in showrooms later this year.
Connected, comfortable and commanding, the cabin of the new Nissan Qashqai sets a new segment standard for premium feel, distinctive design and enhanced usability.
Advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies are at the driver’s fingertips, with comfort and quality in every touch. New premium materials, smart features and considered detailing enhance a cabin that delivers cutting-edge design and practicality.
Smart to the touch
New seat materials create an inviting and sumptuous cabin. A new Nappa leather design adds a touch of luxury, a massage seat function with three programme modes is introduced on range-topping versions for both front seats.
Creating a reassuring and calming environment, new white ambient lighting is used throughout the cabin. Extensive attention has been paid to the ergonomic and aesthetic quality of the centre console, switch gear and buttons.
The new Qashqai offers an advanced infotainment system with a class-leading portfolio of connected services including effortless integration of smartphones, in-car wi-fi for up to seven devices and NissanConnect Services, a dedicated app to control and monitor the vehicle.
The larger, higher resolution nine-inch NissanConnect display screen is a digital gateway to navigation, entertainment and vehicle settings, and is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, with wireless Apple CarPlay also introduced. Multiple user profiles with memory settings allow navigation, music and system preferences to be tailored to each driver.
Whether DAB radio or streamed from smart phone, outstanding audio reproduction is assured thanks to the Bose Premium sound system. It features 10 speakers plus Bose’s Acoustimass bass box located in the boot.
A new high-definition, fully electronic 12.3 inch TFT multi-information screen offers a choice of configurable layouts to display navigation, entertainment, traffic or vehicle information, all controlled from a new tactile dial switch on the steering wheel.
An innovative new 10.8-inch Head-Up Display (HUD) provides the biggest-in-segment image size. Key navigation, driver assistance and road information are projected onto the windscreen within the driver’s line of vision.
Home-to-car skills are compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa devices.
The system supports a wide range of commands, including the ability for drivers to send destinations to the car’s navigation by talking to their smart device.
Through the NissanConnect smartphone app, vehicle control functions are available such as remote horn and lights, as well as remote door lock and unlock. Smart alerts can also be set including speed, time and zone with app notifications should the vehicle exceed the set parameters.
Introduced for new Qashqai are vehicle health reports, viewable through the app, which inform users if their vehicle requires urgent maintenance and provides live performance evaluation and any malfunction alerts.
If not using their phone’s navigation, drivers can access TomTom 3D Maps & Live Traffic which includes advanced navigation features such as over-the-air map updates, real-time traffic conditions, Google Street View, speed camera locations and fuel prices. Door-to-door navigation is also available through the app including a My Car Finder function.
Stolen Vehicle Tracking is introduced for new Qashqai. This service provides a 24/7 contact with police and third-party customer services, with automatic theft notification through the NissanConnect smartphone app, allowing vehicles to be tracked and recovered.
An in-car button, accessed via the NissanConnect display screen, allows customers to contact a 24/7 assistance provider to put them in contact with the nearest breakdown and towing services. Unlike eCall, the system is not automatically triggered by an accident.
In a first for the Qashqai, a front storage console provides convenient 15w wireless charging for smartphones – among the most powerful in the segment – and accommodating even the largest dimensions of devices, including the recently-launched Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Connectivity extends to all occupants with the console box now offering front and rear USB charging connections with both USB-A and USB-C ports.
The new Qashqai continues to give drivers a commanding sense of their environment with improved forward, side and rear visibility.
Enhancements include a wider windscreen opening angle, thinner front pillar design and side mirrors mounted on the door, instead of the a-pillar.
The longer wheelbase of the new Qashqai combines with efficient packaging to create even more room for users. Aiding confidence whilst dynamic driving, the seat back and cushion shape have been improved for better lateral support, with the bolster angle also improved.
Ensuring multiple users can quickly find their most comfortable seat setting, a memory seat function is now available on the top grade to store two different seat positions for both front seats.
Delivering comfort on any journey, Nissan’s NASA-inspired ‘zero-gravity’ seats, which debuted on the previous-generation Qashqai, are the result of extensive testing on both track and road to ensure optimal posture and reduced fatigue for all passengers on long or short journeys.
A new steering wheel heater option also provides added well-being during the winter months.
More elevated in terms of ambience yet just as practical, the new Qashqai welcomes the daily demands of customers needing to transport everything from pushchairs to groceries.
A powered hands-free tailgate makes accessing the boot effortless when hands are anything but free.
Overall luggage capacity has increased by more than 74 litres from the previous-generation model thanks in part to the cargo floor being lowered by 20mm as a consequence of the improved packaging of the rear suspension.
For easier loading in low light conditions, there’s now dual lighting in the luggage area providing better illumination. A 12v socket has also been installed in the rear for powering devices such as electric cool boxes.
Even storage in the main cabin has been refined to enhance usability. The two front cup holders are spaced further apart, improving storage and making smaller cups easier to remove, and the door pockets can now hold up to 1.5-litre bottles.
Refinements to the ergonomic design of the doorways mean new Qashqai is also easier for ingress and egress than previous generations, particularly evident in restricted spaces such as multi-storey car parks.
Taken all together, from the array of easy-to-use smartphone-based app features, the comfort and convenience of massage seats and a heated steering wheel, the elevated fit, finish and materials, to the extra occupant and storage space, the new Qashqai will, again, extend what customers can expect from a medium-sized crossover.
The third generation of Nissan’s pioneering, trend-setting vehicle will offer a life on board experience which will be as comforting, cosseting and convenient for the occupants at the start of their journey just as it will be at the end.