Crossover class is the most attractive nowadays, and all manufacturers are fighting for their place in market. Nissan is leader in this area, so many models are being updated and refreshed. Among them is Qashqai. Japanese carmaker prepares model for 2016, but from 2017 it could appear outside the Europe. That will make happy most of US crossover lovers. The 2017 Nissan Qashqai should overtake Rogue position which is rumored to be moved to history. However, we need to wait for a year or more to find out what is the real story behind this.
2017 Nissan Qashqai styling
There won’t be big changes on 2017 Nissan Qashqai. Outside, maybe some new lines and curves on side body and top could be made, but nothing big. Its styling is same, and only minor changes are to be applied. However, since this model is heading to US for the first time, designers in company could decide to offer something new. But there is no any information about it. Interior of Rogue, the model that 2017 Qashqai is replacing, and new SUV is very similar, so buyers won’t mind too much about this switch. Important thing is that third row of seats won’t be offered. Safety will be improved, since Japanese carmaker is well known of its great grades at crash testing and safety features.
2017 Nissan Qashqai powertrain
The US market has special requirements on engines and emissions. However, current model with 1.6-l inline-four meet its demands. With it, it is expected from 2017 Nissan Qashqai to have 160 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. However, there is enough time for improvements, since model that will be replaced, Nissan Rogue delivers 170 hp. It is also possible to see 2017 Qashqai in diesel variant, which is smaller one. Current crossover has 6-speed manual transmission, and we are sure automatic gearbox is going to be offered to US buyers.
We won’t wait too much before we see premiere of this model, since it is planned for early 2016. Market appearance should follow after it in mid-2016. Price prediction is around $22.000 which is cheaper than Rogue, valued one thousand of dollars more.