Nissan revolutionized SUV design with the introduction of Juke in 2010. It is one of the highest selling compact crossovers in Europe, and has set performance and design standards for global automakers. Another revolutionary design by the Japanese automaker was seen at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, when Nissan revealed the Hi-Cross concept.
According to Auto Express, the upcoming Qashqai SUV will have the styling adopted from the Hi-Cross concept. The spokesperson further went on to reveal that the Qashqai, coming as a 2014 model, will be the same size as current runner.
Appearing as a compact crossover, the 2014 Qashqai will battle against the Skoda Yeti and other premium class luxury crossovers, like the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. So why go with the same name if you can launch a production Hi-Cross? As the Qashqai is already available in the market, and the sales figure are pretty impressive, Nissan thought of launching the new crossover with the same name, rather than investing millions in building the new model name.
However, since the new 2014 Qashqai is based on the Hi-Cross concept, it will get a huge overdose of design and styling uplift. As of the interiors, the 2014 Qashqai will feature class leading features and tough quality.
Power will be drawn from a new turbocharged 1.2-liter petrol unit that churns out 113 hp output and 190 Nm of torque. In addition, the Qashqai will set standards for fuel-economy, delivering 17 kmpl with less than 120 g/km of CO2 emissions.
For the diesel trim, Nissan can offer 1.6-litre dCi with 128 hp output, with over 21 kmpl fuel-economy. Its CO2 emissions will be under 105 g/km.
“Everybody loves the Qashqai’s exterior, but perceived quality on the inside lets it down. Rather than bring the new car up to German quality levels, we want to surpass them,” executive Vice President of Nissan, Andy Palmer said.
Slated for a 2014 launch, the Qashqai will be make its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.