The 2018 Nissan Qashqai is an impressive crossover from Nissan
Motors. After years without a refresh, the model was
beginning to look rather old. Therefore, the automaker’s
decision to refresh the model for the 2018 model year is quite
timely. Nissan has studied what its rivals have done with their
models, which has enabled the automaker to make revisions that
will help the Qashqai gain a competitive edge in the market.
2018 Nissan Qashqai Exterior
The 2018 Qashqai has adopted the V-motion grille as well as the
bumper design of its cousin, the Micra. This has transformed
the front to a more modern, sporty look. The headlights have
also been modified to go along with the new grille and bumper.
The automaker has also used a new boomerang design for the
Daytime Running Lights. There are also new curvy creases that
rise up from the front fenders. The front bumper is integrated
with hexagonal air vents.
At the rear, the model features a lower bumper with metal
accenting. Its brakes feature wider, boomerang lighting, which
highlights the crossover’s width. The taillights also get the
boomerang effect along with 3D lens effect. On the flanks, the
model will flaunt flared alloy wheels offered in body-contrast
colors. There is a chrome trim on the side body edges.
There are also new exterior paint additions; they are Vivid
Blue and Chestnut Bronze.
Interior of new Nissan Qashqai
The cabin has also received considerable upgrades. The cabin
will be upholstered in quality materials. Nissan has also
hooked up the 2018 Qashqai with a new multifunctional steering
wheel. The steering wheel has satin-chrome inserts as well as a
4-way controller for the gauge display. The dashboard layout
has also been improved for greater convenience. The automaker
has given the satellite navigation, infotainment system and DAB
digital radio a new user interface. The new model also features
thicker rear glass and more sound deadening material that make
the cabin more serene.
The Tekna+ trim gets Nappa leather upholstery as well as
3D-effect quilting on the door panels to make the cabin more
premium. In addition, this trim gets an advanced infotainment
system and a premium 7-speaker BOSE audio system.
Engine and performance
The 2018 Nissan Qashqai will carry over with the same engines
as the outgoing model. The base mill will be a 1.2 L,
unit that produces 128 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque. On the
outgoing model, this engine is EPA rated at 19 mpg, 24 mpg and
22 mpg in city, highway and combined drives respectively.
The Qashqai will also feature a 1.6 L engine that produces 139
hp and 141 lb-ft of torque. This engine accelerates to 60 mph
from a standstill position in 6.7 seconds. It is EPA rated at
20 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg on
There will also be a diesel mill. The unit is a 1.5 L that
churns out 144 horses and 146 lb-ft of torque. EPA ratings for
this model are not yet out but it is expected to be very
economical. The engines will use a CVT or a 6-speed manual
transmission. The transmission systems will route power to 2WD
in standard form, an AWD system is offered as an option.
Price and release date
According to credible sources from Nissan, the Qashqai will
have a starting price of $24,000. The model will hit dealer
showrooms in the first quarter of 2018.
When it comes out, the 2018 Nissan Qashqai will go head to head
Hyundai Tuscon and the Kia