The 2025 Nissan Qashqai has benefitted from a comprehensive facelift, with the revised crossover getting a bold new front end and new features.

    Nissan Australia has confirmed the updated Qashqai is planned to launch before 2025, though it hasn’t yet confirmed local specifications.

    “We’re very excited by the facelifted Qashqai, which has just been unveiled. We anticipate arrivals towards the end of 2024,” the carmaker said in a statement.

    The Qashqai’s new face sees its previous chrome grille surround trim ditched, instead shifting to a much wider intake which Nissan says is inspired by ancient Japanese armour scales. This is finished in high-gloss black and satin chrome.

    Slimmer LED headlights now feature an adaptive high-beam function, and cast a wider beam despite being smaller units than those on the pre-facelift model.

    On high-spec grades, the daytime running lights become sequential indicators while turning, a first for the Qashqai.

    While the shape of the tail lights is unchanged, their internals feature elements shaped similarly to the grille insert.

    According to Nissan, European-market Qashqais gain 18-inch wheels for mid-range grades, with 19- and 20-inch sizes also available further up the lineup.

    There’s also a new N-Design grade in Europe, bringing body-coloured trim, 20-inch wheels, black quilted leather seats with Alcantara inserts and embossed Qashqai wording, plus ambient lighting which also features on higher grades.

    Three new colours will be available overseas, with Pearl White, Pearl Black and Deep Ocean joining the selection. A choice of five two-tone combinations with a black roof are offered, including Pearl White, Deep Ocean, Fuji Red, Magnetic Blue and Ceramic Grey.

    Inside, well-equipped Qashqai variants feature more Alcantara than before, covering the dashboard, door inserts, door armrests, centre storage console lid and knee pads.

    There’s also a patterned centre console, upper dashboard and glove box, while upper grades have more premium seat trim, with black partially quilted premium leather or quilted synthetic leather – the latter of which is contrasted with a burnt umber inserts.

    The facelifted Qashqai benefits from significant safety upgrades, which includes a new bird’s eye surround-view camera – allowing drivers to select one of eight different external camera view points to visualise the car from the front, rear, sides or corners.

    A recalibrated autonomous emergency braking system now features an emergency stop signal when the brakes are pressed hard above 60km/h.

    The Qashqai’s emergency lane-keep system activates by default, while its updated speed assistance system reads traffic signs and sounds an alarm if speed isn’t reduced.

    Drivers can also tailor the assist systems, either increasing or reducing their intrusiveness.

    Nissan has also confirmed the Qashqai will be its first model on sale in Europe with Google built-in services within its 12.3-inch infotainment system, though this has yet to be confirmed for Australia.

    This includes a “Hey Google” voice assistant – capable of controlling vehicle functions such as the ventilation system, heated seats and navigation – while Google applications can also be added via the Google Play Store.

    While the Nissan Qashqai’s drivetrain offerings appear to be unchanged overseas, Australia has traditionally missed out on multiple variants of the SUV available in Europe.

    For example, the current Australian-market model doesn’t offer a mild-hybrid system or all-wheel drive, both of which are available in Europe.

    In Australia, the current Qashqai is powered by a turbocharged 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (producing 110kW and 250Nm), which drives the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission.

    The Qashqai e-Power hybrid uses a 140kW/330Nm electric motor to drive the front wheels, with a 116kW turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine serving as an on-board generator for the 2.3kWh lithium-ion battery.

    Australian pricing and specifications for the 2025 Nissan Qashqai are expected to be revealed closer to its local launch.

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    Jordan Mulach

    Born and raised in Canberra, Jordan has worked as a full-time automotive journalist since 2021, being one of the most-published automotive news writers in Australia before joining CarExpert in 2024.

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