By Moses Akaigwe
Nissan says the introduction of the all-new, segment-defining, third-generation Qashqai will reinforce its strong position in the sub-Sahara African crossover market.
In South Africa, for instance, the previous two generations defined the domestic crossover market and have set the bar higher with every version.
“As part of the Nissan Next Transformation Plan in our region, we are excited to welcome the new edition to the Qashqai family,” said Stefan Haasbroek, Nissan Africa Marketing Director.
“Fourteen years after creating the crossover segment, we are confident that this model will be a game changer and offer our customers the kind of driving experience they have come to love from Nissan. We are looking forward to revealing the completely renewed design, inside and out, innovative technologies and electrified power to our customers and on our roads,” remarked Haasbroek,
Road tripping in the all-new Qashqai
As part of Nissan’s launch activities, the automotive brand hosted an exclusive influencer road trip through the Garden Route. As a precursor to the launch of the all-new Qashqai, actress Zola Nombona and filmmaker, director, Thomas Gumede were able to highlight their experience of the vehicle, noting the premium finishes, integration of technology to enhance driving experience whilst showcasing the bold new design.
With a 1.3T engine, manual or new Xtronic transmissions, the all-new Qashqai’s powertrain options cater for every customer requirement, with driving pleasure at the heart of it all.
Redefined crossover to capture your heart
Underpinning the all-new Nissan Qashqai is the new Alliance CMF-C platform, creating a vehicle which succeeds in reconciling the challenging customer demands in terms of design, spaciousness, dynamics and carbon footprint.
On top of the new platform, Nissan has reworked the steering configuration to reduce the feeling of friction through the steering wheel and where the feeling around the straight-ahead position is more positive and defined.
In terms of driving dynamics, one of the most significant factors in performance is the overall increase of stiffness in the Qashqai’s body. In conjunction with the precisely tuned suspension springs and damper rates, the all-new Qashqai will have increased precision, response and reduction in vibrations.
South African motorists can expect to experience e-POWER technology in early 2023, in Nigeria, the new Qashqai is expected to be launched by Stallion NMN Ltd early next year, probably in January.
The General Manager, Stallion NMN, Amit Sharma, who confirmed this to The Sun, did not, however, disclosed whether the vehicle would be assembled at Stallion Motors’ assembly plant in Lagos, or brought in fully built.