Nissan unveils new Qashqai, X-Trail

HARARE - Japanese vehicle manufacturer Nissan Motor Corporation (Nissan) last night unveiled two of its latest brands, Qashqai and X-Trail, at the on-going Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo.

The new Qashqai, which builds on success of first generation and aims higher in every direction, is a vehicle for the “Premium Urbanites” who enjoy their weekends exploring urban and resort areas across the country.

On the other hand, the all new third-generation Nissan X-TRAIL retains the hallmarks of its forebears such as supreme driveability, generous off-road ability and all-terrain suitability, and features a brand new, modern crossover design. This vehicle was made with the pure adventurist in mind.

The striking Nissan Qashqai is longer than the current model and fractionally lower and wider, giving it a sleek, poised stance while maintaining the crossover style, compact dimensions and raised driving position. Distinctive features – including a clamshell-style bonnet – lend a premium appearance while retaining the Nissan Qashqai's strong visual DNA.

Inside, a dramatic rise in material and design quality adds significant interior appeal to the Nissan Qashqai package. Versatility also remains a core crossover attribute; Nissan's engineers have devised innovative ways to make the Nissan Qashqai fit into drivers' lives. Delivering greater occupant space and a larger luggage capacity. Nissan Qashqai ticks all the right boxes.

The 2007 first generation Nissan Qashqai's effortless design and innovative approach was key to making it a global success. The all-new version sets a new benchmark for crossover design, featuring a striking new look with powerful curves, clean lines and intricate details, taking Nissan's iconic crossover to the next level. Keeping everything fresh, the bold new design is fronted by the prominent Nissan V-motion grille, supported by angular headlights and an aggressive front bumper with a deep air dam for a purposeful look.

All models are also characterised by new boomerang LED welcome and follow me home lights which create a light signature that is unquestionably Nissan Qashqai. At the rear, a pert tail gate is flanked by strong wraparound tail light clusters with LED elements and a sophisticated bumper design which rounds off the SUV appeal.

Purposeful in its execution as much as it is striking to look at, design elements have also been employed to enhance aerodynamics, the Nissan Qashqai featuring a drag coefficient of just 0.33 – thanks to clever features like a flat underbelly and a roof spoiler with winglets.

Inside, Nissan's designers have created a cabin which combines clarity, harmony and space. Thanks to its high shoulder line, occupants will feel protected, but combined with a high eye point the driver enjoys a better view of the road.

In creating Nissan Qashqai's cabin, Nissan's design and engineering teams wanted to put the driver at the heart of the action. The car's numerous comfort, convenience and safety systems have been analysed and redesigned to give the driver easy access to all key controls. Thanks to the intuitive 5-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display, drivers are able to perfectly tailor the Nissan Qashqai's functions to their needs - from switching on three-flash indicators to adjusting the ambient lighting, a subtle orange mood light around the gearlever.

The Nissan Qashqai features all-new seats – using science to minimize driver fatigue. During the design stage, engineers used advanced medical scanning techniques and were inspired by NASA to analyse pressure and blood flow in the lower back of seated passengers. By redesigning elements and improving support in key areas, they were able to create a seat that offered even support. The highly advanced seat offers special support thanks to additional bolsters in the pelvis, lumbar and chest areas. The result is a seat that delivers long-distance comfort.

The new Nissan Qashqai arrives in 1.2T, 2.0l and 1.6dCi engines.

Meanwhile, the X-Trail integrates a host of new design features inside and out, including a bold new visage with signature daytime running lights on all models, as well as a definitive rear design with familiar ‘boomerang’ light clusters and a characteristic D-pillar which provides a strong visual link to Qashqai.

Thanks to the longer wheelbase and wider track afforded by the CMF, the freedom to design a more expansive body allowed designers to fully integrate Nissan’s latest crossover design language with strong emphasis on the wheel areas and the integration of a sloping roofline, sculpted flanks and a rising window line – all while maintaining the robust appeal of a medium SUV and without compromising off-road ability.

The vehicle’s petrol engine models comes with two 2.0 derivatives that are available in XE or LE specification exclusively with Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) in two- or four-wheel drive. Power from this normally-aspirated multi-point injection petrol engine is 106 kW at 6 000 revs per minute (rpm), with torque of at 200 Nm peaking at 4 400 rpm.

Exclusive to Nissan, Xtronic differs from conventional CVT automatic transmissions in that it mimics the behaviour of traditional multi-ratio automatic gearboxes under hard acceleration with virtual stepped changes. Under more gentle conditions, ratios are adjusted for ultimate smoothness – the overall results being the best of both worlds for drivers, with smooth low-load power delivery and sharp, direct performance during higher acceleration driving.

Till next week, drive safely!!

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Comments (1)

l wish f i had money wl buy 1...bt i wl buy 1 nissan especialy x-trail

emmanuel - 6 May 2016

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