Nissan has announced pricing on its vital new Qashqai small SUV ahead of launch late this year, with a starting price of $33,890 before on-road costs.
It appears to be an improved offering across the board in terms of performance, spec, safety and design – but buyers will pay more for the privilege.
The delayed new-generation Nissan Qashqai will hit Australian showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2022 to challenge the Mazda CX-30, soon-to-be-updated Kia Seltos, newly launched Honda HR-V, imminent Toyota Corolla Cross, among myriad others.
European-designed and UK-made, the third generation of Nissan’s small SUV staple is a substantial update on its predecessor model – which is now sold out.
Nissan Australia previously said the new Qashqai would arrive in early 2022. The vehicle was revealed in February of 2021.
The new Qashqai will be one of four brand new models rolling into Nissan Australia’s circa-180 dealerships in the back half of this year, the others being the new Z coupe, X-Trail medium SUV and Pathfinder large SUV.
That means that from 2023, Nissan Australia will go from having one of the oldest product line-ups among major brands, to one of the newest.
- 2023 Nissan Qashqai ST: $33,890 (up $3300 over old car)
- 2023 Nissan Qashqai ST+: $37,890 (up $5300 over old car)
- 2023 Nissan Qashqai ST-L: $42,190 (up $7590 over old car)
- 2023 Nissan Qashqai Ti: $47,390 (up $8300 over old car)
All prices exclude on-road costs.
The new engine is a 1.3-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder making 110kW of power (5500rpm) and 250Nm of torque (1600-3750rpm), driving the front wheels through an ‘X-Tronic’ CVT.
It comes standard with stop/start and three driving models that tweak throttle response; called Sport, Normal and Eco.
These figures are up 4kW and 50Nm over the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine that powered the old model. Its towing capacity is also up 300kg, to a claimed 1500kg.
While not available at launch, the new Qashqai will also be the first Nissan in Australia to offer an e-Power series hybrid, in which a petrol generator drives an electric motor, which in turn drives the wheels.
The Qashqai e-Power is expected to arrive some time in 2023.
Despite offering greater levels of power and torque, the new Qashqai’s downsized turbo engine uses less petrol: a claimed 6.1 litres per 100km on a combined cycle test.
However, it requires premium 95 RON petrol.
The fuel tank stores 55 litres.
The new Qashqai managed five stars in Euro NCAP testing (2021) which should carry over to ANCAP.
It scored 91 per cent for both adult and child occupant protection, 70 per cent for vulnerable road-user protection, and a very strong 95 per cent for safety assist features.
Standard equipment on all grades includes:
- Front, front-side, curtain, and front-centre airbags
- ISOFIX x 2, top tethers x 3
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- AEB for junctions, pedestrians and cyclists
- Reverse AEB with rear cross-traffic alert
- Lane-departure warning with active lane intervention
- Active blind spot intervention
- Traffic sign recognition
- Adaptive cruise control with speed limiter
- High beam assist
- Tyre-pressure monitoring
- Seatbelt reminders front and rear
The ST-L and Ti add:
- Front parking sensors
- ProPILOT lane-centring aid
- Alarm system
- Intelligent Park Assist with Parking System Monitor
Nissan provides a five-year warranty, roadside assist and capped-price servicing.
We await pricing for the latter, though we know the intervals will be 12 months or 15,000km.
The new Qashqai measures 4425mm long, 1835mm wide (sans mirrors), 1625mm tall, and uses a 2665mm wheelbase.
This makes it 31mm longer, 29mm wider and 30mm taller than the old car, with a 19mm longer wheelbase.
The new Qashqai weighs between 1451kg and 1524kg (kerb) depending on spec grade, with a 1985kg gross vehicle mass.
The boot capacity is rated as 429 litres (418L for the Ti due to its sound system) with five seats in use, expanding to 1524-1513L with the back seats folded. This main figure about matches the old car’s 430L capacity.
Ground clearance is listed as 180mm, and the turning circle 11.1m.
Suspension-wise, the new Qashqai uses a MacPherson strut front setup, and independent rear suspension with multiple linkages. An electric park brake is standard.
- Auto LED headlights and tail lights
- LED daytime running lights
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Temporary spare wheel
- One-touch power windows with remote operation
- Proximity key access
- Auto-folding, heated side mirrors with LED indicators
- Reversing sensors and rear camera
- Urethane steering wheel with rake and reach adjustment
- 7.0-inch TFT trip computer
- Manual air-con controls with rear vents
- 8.0-inch touchscreen display
- Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- AM/FM and DAB+
- Inbuilt voice controls
- Front and rear USB-A and USB-C ports
- Six-speaker sound system
- Driver’s seat lumbar adjust
- Charcoal cloth seats
Qashqai ST+ adds over ST:
- Rain-sensing wipers
- LED front fog lights
- 18-inch wheels
- 360-degree camera
- 12.3-inch touchscreen display
- Satellite navigation with live traffic
- Wireless Apple CarPlay
Qashqai ST-L adds over ST+:
- 19-inch wheels
- Rear privacy glass
- Roof rails
- Adaptive, auto-levelling headlights (12 individual segments per light)
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated
- Wireless phone charger
- Front parking sensors
- Dual-zone climate control
- Back-seat cupholder armrest
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- Cloth and leather seats, driver’s power adjustment
- Heated front seats
Qashqai Ti adds over ST-L:
- Remote, powered tailgate
- Panoramic glass sunroof
- Auto-tilting exterior side mirrors when reversing
- 12.3-inch TFT digital cluster
- 10.8-inch head-up display
- Intelligent key with driver memory for seat, mirrors, audio
- 10-speaker BOSE audio with subwoofer and digital amp
- Power front seats with three massage modes
- Quilted leather trim
- Black roof headlining
- Gun Metallic
- Ceramic Grey
- Fuji Sunset Red
- Ivory Pearl
- Magnetic Blue
- Pearl Black
ST+ grades and above can be optioned with two tone designs, namely:
- Ivory Pearl with Pearl Black Roof
- Pearl Black with Gun Metallic Roof
- Fuji Sunset Red with Pearl Black Roof
- Two-tone Ceramic Grey with Pearl Black Roof
- Magnetic Blue with Pearl Black Roof