2022 Nissan Qashqai detailed for Australia

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Nissan Australia confirms new Qashqai to arrive in 2022 ahead of its first-ever hybrid model.

Nissan has confirmed specifications of the new Qashqai which will arrive early next year ahead of the brand’s first hybrid e-Power version in the same range.

No pricing has yet been released but with no manual model available in this generation expect a $30,000-plus starting price for the base ST grade.

Appearance is considerably different to the outgoing model but is in-line with Nissan’s contemporary design language. Inside, the car has also been overhauled and technology sees a significant boost – not least the safety systems with are comprehensive from the base level up.

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The old engine has also left the station, replaced by a smaller but more powerful motor with increased power and torque.

Read our first-drive review of the 2022 Nissan Qashqai here.

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2022 Nissan Qashqai model range

Qashqai ST

Specs: 17-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, LED automatic headlights and DRLs, 7.0-inch TFT instrument cluster, 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Safety: Nissan Intelligent Mobility including adaptive cruise control,  forward emergency braking, predictive collision warning with pedestrian, cyclist and junction detection, rear AEB with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with assist,, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, driver attention alert, seven airbags including central airbag, automatic high-beam assist, front and rear parking sensors and a parking camera.

Qashqai ST+

Adds: 18-inch alloys, LED fog lights, auto wipers, 9.0-inch touchscreen, 360-degree cameras and moving detection.

Qashqai ST-L

Adds: 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive driving beam headlights, tinted windows, roof rails, LED turn signals, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather-accented seats that are heated in the front and 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Also adds ProPILOT with Lane Keep Assist and stop-start cruise control for freeways.

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Qashqai TI

Adds: Panoramic glass roof and electric sunshade, unique rear bumper, black headliner, ambient interior lighting, luggage boards, 10.8-inch colour head-up display, 12.3-inch TFT driver’s display, 10-speaker BOSE sound system, quilted leather seat upholstery, memory and massage functions for front-seat passengers, and automatic tailgate with motion activation. It also receives parking assist with side sensors.

Engine and drivetrain

The old 2.0-litre petrol engine has been replaced by a new ‘HR13DDT’ 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol. This sees the previous 106kW/200Nm eclipsed by the new motor developing 110kW at 5500rpm and 250Nm at 1600rpm.

The manual transmission has also been dropped, meaning the only gearbox is a CVT automatic. The new-generation CVT brings better efficiency and acceleration according to Nissan, which is rated at  6.1L/100km on the government combined cycle (was 6.9L/100km) and emitting just 138g/km of CO2.

The hybrid e-Power drivetrain will arrive later in 2022 and consists of a 1.5-litre petrol engine, battery pack and two electric motors. The petrol engine is primarily used as a generator to charge the batteries, which supplies power to the electric motor. Nissan says having this hybrid setup is better for fuel economy and emissions, as it should run on the electric motor more often. As yet, the company hasn’t revealed details on range, battery size or performance.

Warranty and servicing

All Nissan model’s are covered by a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty. With an all-new engine underneath the bonnet which is now turbocharged servicing costs may increase slightly, but this information will be confirmed closer to the models on-sale date.

Availability

Buyers can register their interest and reserve models later this month at Nissan dealers, but stock will not arrive until early 2022.

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