Nissan has decided to borrow many styling ideas seen on the X-Trail / Rogue but in a more compact package. It's basically the same story inside the cabin where the 2014 Qashqai mimics its larger sibling as it has just about the same layout. It will be offered only as a five-seater because the privilege of a seven-seat version has already been attributed to the X-Trail.
Production will take place at the firm's Sunderland factory in UK and the car is expected to hit the market sometime next year. Upon launch it will be offered to European customers with a 1.2-liter DiG-T four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine rated at 113 bhp (84 kW). There will also be a 1.5-liter dCi diesel with 108 bhp (80 kW) and a 1.6-liter dCi outputting 128 bhp (95 kW).
The crossover will reportedly ride on a new modular platform that will eventually be used on several upcoming sedans as well as the next-generation X-Trail. Front-wheel drive will be standard, but all-wheel drive will be optional.
The 2014 Nissan Qashqai will go on sale early next year and pricing is expected to remain similar to today's model.
There will also be a plug-in hybrid variant, but it isn't scheduled to be launched until 2015.
More details will be available very soon on Al Ain Japan
SOURCE : Al Ain Japan