By Theodore Opara
Coming eight years after the first generation model, Nissan says the new Qashqai builds on the strengths of the original model, offering ample style, space, equipment with better fuel economy and sharper handling.
The original Nissan Qashqai according to the Japanese automaker was one of the first crossover models on the market, combining unique characteristics of a hatchback and SUV.
Stallion NMN, the local Nissan Sales Company and member of the Stallion Group shared these views when he acquainted local automobile media with the distinguishing characteristics of the second generation Qashqai at a product presentation followed by a test drive last weekend.
Mr. Amit Sharma, Head, Sales and Marketing at Stallion NMN who spearheaded the product presentation of the new Qashqai described the vehicle as trendsetter in the crossover segment and one of the most practical midsize SUVs to imagine.
He said: Nissan purposefully swank the Qashqai to offer customers better and improved driving values with superior versatility of an SUV at low running cost and affordable price.
The new Qashqai has indeed excelled in almost every area, offering unassailable space and practicality best suited to family life – thanks to the vehicle’s huge boot and spacious cabin. The car is much more stylish with sharp lines enhanced by chrome trim and strips of LEDs in the headlights.
Economical and classy inside, the Qashqai boasts a refined, hi-tech and solidly built interior with decent amount of equipment that elevates the well-ordered and fashionable dashboard layout.
Couple with this is the ergonomically designed panoramic sunroof that stretches from the rear to the front end of the car giving the car a premium feel from a distance.
Mr. Sharma said unlike the previous model, the new Qashqai is enjoyable and reassuring to drive with a Caller ID that allows drivers to check calls without necessarily keeping eyes off the road.
“You can also track your favourite artists and music while driving just as the various Advanced Drive Assist Display screens delivers infographics in real time,” the Stallion NMN marketing helmsman revealed.
Creating a car with good low-speed ride and the ability to handle rough surfaces usually involves a compromise in set-up. Not so with the new Qashqai. The second generation model is equipped with advanced double-piston shock absorbers that deliver faultless damping at both ends of the dynamic range.