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Nissan Qashqai is a crossover SUV named after Nomadic tribes of Iran and has been under production since 2007. It’s a car designed by the ‘Nissan Design Europe’ in London. The car was showcased for the very first time in the Paris Motor Show of 2006. The car is manufactured at Sunderland factory in UK, Kyushu factory in Japan and in Huadu plant in China. It has gone through minor developments in all these years with a facelifted version being launched with name Qashqai+2.
The car is currently offered to regions like Middle East, Africa, Latin America and countries like UK, Italy, Russia, China and Japan. The car has sold one million of its types globally till February 2011. Nissan Company in India has collaboration with Renault and has established its manufacturing plant at Orgadam in Chennai. The company plans to start assembly of completely knocked down units of Qashqai from this plant.
Engine & Specifications of Nissan Qashqai
Qashqai, known as the Dualis in Japan and other markets, is renowned for its rugged build quality and exceptional performance. The car comes with two petrol and two diesel engine options with both all wheel and front wheel drive capabilities being offered. The entry level 1.6 litre engine produces 113.42 hp of power, while generating a torque of 156 Nm. The other petrol engine is 2.0 litre 16V design, producing 138 hp of power with an exceptional 196 Nm of torque.
The entry level diesel engine is a powerhouse capable of generating 104.55 hp of power with 240 Nm of torque with its 1.5 litre of displacement. The other diesel engine comes with highest priced variants and is capable of generating 147.95 hp of power with 320 Nm of torque. Nissan Qashqai will be available in five and six speed manual transmission option, while the automatic transmission is allowed only in six speed gear boxes.
Performance of Nissan Qashqai
The engines of Nissan SUVs have been acclaimed all over the world for their efficient yet power packed performance. The aerodynamic drag has also been reduced with newer designs having a Cd figure as low as 0.33, which is lower than previous versions. Nissan Qashqai has gone several levels of refinement in its long production run. The NVH characteristics have improved quite a bit in comparison with types that were launched in 2007.
The under-bonnet insulation developed previously for the diesel versions now also features in the 2.0 litre petrol engines. For greater insulation in diesel variants foam isolation blocks in wind screen pillars along with acoustic windscreen and similar arrangement in the floor and doors have been introduced. This makes Nissan Qashqai an extremely comfortable vehicle as one will not have to tolerate the annoying engine noise any more.
Interior, Exterior & Safety of Nissan Qashqai
Unlike any other SUV, Qashqai immediately impresses with its dimensions. It’s a 4315 x 1780 x 1615 mm vehicle which comes with a 2630 mm of wheelbase. The Qashqai+2 will be a longer SUV with an overall length of 4535 mm, while maintaining a wheelbase of 2760 mm. Further, the car will come with a panorama roof at the top. One also finds newer Qashqai's more elaborate in their styling with an impressive radiator grille and roof rail that have chrome touches. Interiors are lined with pearl grey leather trims and upholstery in the Qashqai+2. All regular accessories and comfort features are included with facility of folding second and third row seats that creates tremendous amount of space for luggage.
|Price||Rs. 20 lakhs to Rs. 22 lakhs|
8 valve 1.5 dCi (K9K) diesel engine and 16 valve 2.0 litre petrol engine in higher variants.
4x4 and 4x2 drive capabilities with Automatic and Manual 5 / 6 speed transmission options.
Comments on Nissan Qashqai
Seeing the car, 20 to 22 lakhs is too much.
Max of 12 lakhs can be given.
Fuck off Nissan.March 27, 2012by Felix
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