Revealed earlier this year, the Qashqai boasts a more stylish design inspired by the smaller Juke crossover, more in the way of technology and also electrified powertrains as standard.
It debuts with a turbocharged mild-hybrid 1.3-litre petrol engine, which is available with outputs of 138bhp or 156bhp. With the former, you’re limited to front-wheel-drive and a six-speed manual gearbox, though the more powerful option gets the choice of manual or CVT automatic, as well as four-wheel-drive on higher-spec versions. A full ‘ePower’ hybrid setup is set to arrive later, too, with no diesels set to be launched.
Though full specifications haven’t yet been released, Nissan has announced pricing, which starts from £23,525 for the entry-level Visia, which is available exclusively with the 138bhp engine.
Acenta premium is available from £26,135 – or £26,855 for the more powerful option – while mid-range N-Connecta versions can be bought from £28,305, or £29,025 with the 156bhp output.
High-spec Tekna versions start from £30,845 (£31,565 with additional power), while the flagship Tekna+ is limited to the punchier engine option, and is available from £34,175.
Nissan is also offering an early ‘Premiere’ launch edition, too, which is said to be available in ‘limited numbers’ and brings features such as a head-up display, glass roof and 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster.
Andrew Humberstone, managing director of Nissan Motor (GB), said: “The Nissan Qashqai has been the best-seller in its class since 2007, and for good reason. Now with the arrival of the third generation model, Nissan is setting a new crossover standard for distinctive design, dynamic handling and advanced technologies, all at an accessible and attractive price point.
“Consumers want uncompromising comfort, connectivity and safety from their personal mobility – the new Qashqai absolutely delivers on all these requirements.”
The Sunderland-built crossover is on sale now, with first deliveries expected in ‘early summer’.