2022 Nissan Qashqai revealed, Australian arrival time unclear | Ralph Lauren

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Nissan has revealed the next-generation Qashqai small SUV, which will make it to Australia — at some point.

It has a sharper front end reminiscent of the upcoming Ariya electric SUV, while wheels are up to 20 inches in size (up from 19s on the current version).

Nissan Qashqai.
Camera IconNissan Qashqai. Credit: Supplied

The resemblance to the Ariya is apt given the Qashqai, in Europe at least, will have a pair of electrified engines: a 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol mild hybrid and an innovative E-Power hybrid.

Nissan Australia is yet to offer any local details, however the E-Power would be a unique option.

It solely uses an electric motor to power the wheels, with a petrol engine onboard providing power like a generator.

Nissan Qashqai.
Camera IconNissan Qashqai. Credit: Supplied

Nissan reckons it allows for instantaneous acceleration, ala a fully electric vehicle, without the delay of a hybrid or traditional internal combustion engine.

It also offers one-pedal driving, with the same E-Pedal as found on the Leaf EV.

Nissan Qashqai.
Camera IconNissan Qashqai. Credit: Supplied

The interior has been elevated, with presumably upper-spec models getting a 9-inch touch screen, 12.3-inch digital driver display, 10.8-inch head up display wireless Apple CarPlay (Android users will still have to use cords), Bose audio system, WiFi hotspot and more.

The Qashqai has grown longer, wider and taller, helping create 28mm more rear leg room and 15mm more head room front and rear.

Nissan Qashqai.
Camera IconNissan Qashqai. Credit: Supplied

It has also seen the cargo space grow to a seriously impressive 490 litres, up 50 on its predecessor.

Despite growing bigger, the Qashqai has lost weight thanks to the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s new CMF-C platform.

Safety kit is also extensive, with an updatedProPilot with Navi-link system which will allow the vehicle to autonomously accelerate, brake and keep the car in its lane on a highway.

Nissan Qashqai.
Camera IconNissan Qashqai. Credit: Supplied

It will also use traffic sign recognition and sat nav to independently change speed automatically, including on corners and off ramps.

It also has a front centre airbag, which is crucial to getting a five-star crash rating under ANCAP’s current protocols.



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