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The 2016 production year brought little changes to the Nissan’s best-selling SUV Qashqai. A slightly redesigned front-end is soundly combined with well-recognized interior & performance features. Thus, can this vehicle hide any surprises? Let’s find it out from Nissan Qashqai review.
Familiar Styling with a Bit of Perfection
The 2016 Nissan Qashqai is developed on the CMF platform that is thought to be implemented in Renault-Nissan Alliance’s other 14 new cars. Externally, the model resembles the Rogue but with a more elegant silhouette. If compared with the 2015 version, the greenhorn became a bit larger: it features 4364x1803x1591 mm dimensions (l/w/h). The front-end is distinguished by a V-shaped chrome-plated grille, redesigned LED headlights as well as automatic LED daytime running lights. Higher trims offer xenon lights instead of LED clusters.
The chassis rests upon 19-inch wheels (16-/17-inch wheels are optional). The boot’s volume makes up 430 liters. The steel monocoque is equipped with front MacPherson strut & rear semi-independent torsion beam (full-wheel modifications boast fully independent multi-link suspension).
The vehicle is glorious by improved aerodynamic characteristics. Its airflow resistance coefficient was reduced to 0.32. Such stunning results became possible due to the installation of dedicated lids within the grille, which are closed automatically when the car gets 30 km/h and up. If there is need for more engine cooling, the system will reopen the lids automatically.
Interior & Equipment
New Qashqai looks more attractive inside than its predecessor. All trimming details, along with upholstery, are made of high-quality materials. The key innovation is the introduction of an electric power steering wheel (leather-wrapped) with two operational modes: light & sport (with intentional boost of power).
The cabin is estimated for 5 adult passengers which are sure to receive enough leg/head/shoulder room. The backseats feature 60/40 split-fold mechanism that adds extra cargo volume. Equipment kit depends upon the trim. For the 2016, there are 5 different modifications: Visia, Visia + Safety Pack, Accent, Tekna & Accent Premium.
The central console of the dashboard houses a 5-inch touchscreen (7-inch screen for higher trims). The infotainment includes NissanConnect system with multiple applications and possibilities, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, smartphone integration, satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, etc.
As far as safety facilities are concerned in Nissan Qashqai review, the base trim comes with front/rear parking sensors, airbags, binary shock absorbers, antilock braking, lane departure alert, front collision warning, speed limit sign recognition. The top-notch Tekna trim adds blind spot monitoring, around view camera, self-parking system, and satnav.
Powertrain & Performance
With the purpose to satisfy the requirements of all customer groups, Nissan furnishes Qashqai with four different powertrains: two petrol and two diesel modifications. The gasoline line consists of a 1.2-liter engine, rated at 115 horsepower & 190 nm of torque, and a 1.6-liter engine, rated at 161 horsepower & 177 p-f of torque. In combined driving mode both aggregates are supposed to consume not more than 5.6 liters per 100 km.
The diesel line embraces a) a 1.5-liter dCi engine that produces 110 horsepower & 192 p-f of torque; b) a 1.6-liter engine that produces 130 horsepower & 236 p-f of torque. The first solution is known to consume 3.8 liters of fuel per 100 km, whereas its companion eats 4.6 liters of fuel per 100 km.
This SUV is able to gain 0-60 mph for 10 seconds, achieving the maximal speed of 125 mph. Both engines are paired with a front-wheel drive as standard, although a 4-wheel drive option is offered for some trims. The power is distributed by a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed variable continuous transmission.
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