Nissan has pulled the wraps off the facelifted Qashqai, which it hopes will reassert its dominance of the crossover market in the face of new competition.
Making its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the key addition to the range is semi-autonomous driving technology. This makes the updated SUV one of the first mainstream cars to come with self-driving abilities – it will be able to steer, accelerate and brake in a single lane on highways.
The system will be fully updateable, with improved capabilities such as changing lanes and navigating junctions to be added at a later date.
The Qashqai started the crossover boom when it was launched in 2007 and has sold incredibly well for Nissan – more than 2.3 million units have been shifted over the past decade.
— NissanUK (@NissanUK) March 7, 2017
However, other manufacturers have entered the playing field, with capable rivals such as the Seat Ateca, Volkswagen Tiguan and Kia Sportage attempting to steal the Qashqai’s limelight.
Nissan has modernised the crossover’s styling with a more angular appearance, while the interior gets a new-look infotainment system and steering wheel.
A more premium option will now be offered in the form of a new top-level trim called Tekna+. These models come with new alloy wheels, nappa leather upholstery and ‘3D quilting’ on the centre panels.
The facelifted Nissan Qashqai goes on sale from July 2017. Prices are yet to be confirmed but are expected to represent only a minor increase over the previous model, which currently starts at £18,795.