The Nissan Qashqai is one of Nissan’s most successful models in Europe, so you can bet the Japanese automaker wouldn’t risk messing with a good thing. The all-new Qashqai is everything you would expect — roomier, more refined and more efficient. It also looks more sophisticated.
The Qashqai has grown longer (49 mm) and wider. Combined with a lower height, it benefits from a sleeker, more poised stance than its predecessor. Design highlight includes LED headlights, a clamshell-style hood, a sloping roofline and a tailgate-mounted spoiler.
Echoing the exterior, the ergonomical interior is more premium, featuring higher quality materials; more technology, such as a new NissanConnect infotainment system with internet connectivity; and more room for occupants and their luggage. Styling touches include gloss black trim and metallic accents, especially on the center console.
Riding on the Renault-Nissan alliance’s new CMF (Common Module Family) platform, which is 40 kg (88.1 lbs) lighter than the previous platform, the new Qashqai will be offered with four different engines:
- A 1.2-liter DIG-T with 113 horsepower (115 PS) and 140 lb-ft (190 Nm) of torque
- A 1.6-liter DIG-T with 148 horsepower (150 PS) and 177 lb-ft. (240 Nm) of torque
- A 1.5-liter dCi with 108 horsepower (110 PS)
- A 1.6-liter dCi with 128 horsepower (130 PS)
All engines come standard with a manual transmission that drives the front wheels, but buyers will also have the option of an Xtronic continuously variable transmission and an ALL-MODE 4×4-i system.
Ride and handling have been improved with a new suspension and an Electronic Power Assisted Steering system that promises to deliver a “more natural driving experience.”
The second-generation Nissan Qashqai will be built in Sunderland, UK; sales in selected global markets will begin in January 2014. Make the jump for a picture gallery and video of the small SUV.
Is Alfa Romeo Giving Birth To A Baby SUV?
Stelvio might be getting a little brother.
Alfa Romeo will reportedly release a brand-new crossover that slots below the Stelvio compact crossover.
Sources famaliar with the vehicle revealed to Greece’s that the model will ride on a model-specific version of the Giorgio platform that underpins the aforementioned Stelvio and the Giulia, meaning it will be rear-wheel drive or, optionally, all-wheel drive.
Power will likely come from a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and, as unlikely as it might be for the small crossover segment, possibly a V6.
A sub-Stelvio crossover was a centerpiece of the five-year product plan Alfa Romeo presented in June 2018, so this is more than just a rumor. In fact, previous reports claim it will share platforms with either the Jeep Renegade or Compass rather than with the Stelvio.
If designed and built right, the little Italian high-rider could become the company’s best-seller, and releasing it as quickly as possible would help the company reach its goal of selling 400,000 cars annually by 2022.
2020 GMC Acadia Refresh Brings Rugged AT4 Model, New Turbo Engine
The updates include a more aggressive look, a new turbo four, and a rugged new AT4 model.
GMC has given the Acadia a mid-cycle refresh that brings a revised exterior design, interior and tech enhancements, a new engine option, and an off-road-focused AT4 model.
On the outside, the 2020 GMC Acadia features a bolder grill flanked by rectangular headlights with C-shaped LED inserts, new-look rear lights and nicer 18- and 20-inch wheel designs that brings the overall design in line with GMC’s recent design language.
The interior has been enhanced by an electronic shifter that frees up real estate on the center console for more storage space and an updated infotainment system that the company says is “more intelligent and more intuitive” thanks to a higher-resolution eight-inch touchscreen, an easier to use interface, and improved voice recognition. Wireless charging for your phone is available, as are a head-up display system, a new HD rear camera, and a Rear Camera Mirror that replaces the rear-view mirror with a screen.
A new turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine joins the lineup for the 2020 model year and comes standard on the Acadia SLT and Denali models. Mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, it produces 230 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm and uses Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) to maximize fuel-efficiency.
The 2.5L four-cylinder and 310-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engines carry over from the 2019 model, with the latter now shifting through the same nine-speed automatic as the new turbo four instead of a six-speed automatic.
In response to the growing demand for rugged vehicles, GMC has expanded the Acadia lineup with a new AT4 model aimed at adventurous buyers. Like the Sierra AT4, the Acadia AT4 looks the part with a trim-specific grille with black chrome accents, plastic body cladding, 17-inch alloy wheels (20-inch alloys are optional), and a sporty dark interior with contrasting accents.
Lastly, the Acadia has received some suspension improvements that help with ride and handling. Front-wheel drive is still standard, while all-wheel drive is optional, though the Acadia AT4 is offered exclusively with all-wheel drive and the V6.
Made in Tennessee, the updated, 2020 GMC Acadia goes on sale in fall 2019. Do you like the changes General Motors made to it?
New, 2020 Kia Soul EV Has 243 Mile (391 Km) Driving Range
Kia’s quirky crossover joins the high-range electric vehicle group.
The EPA has given the 2020 Kia Soul EV a driving range of up to 243 miles (391 km) on a single charge, placing it in the same class as the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV and Nissan LEAF e+, all of which get over 200 miles (322 km).
In fact, the Soul EV uses the same 64 kWh battery pack as the Kona Electric and Niro. Power is provided by an electric motor that generates 201-horsepower and 291 lb-ft. of torque and can be modulated with four driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+, which automatically adjust power output, regenerative braking, climate control settings, and set speed limits to help manage overall efficiency.
Similar to the Niro and Kona EVs, it will charge at around 100kW for at least the first 50 percent of charge. A DC Fast Charge port comes standard.
The 2020 Kia Soul EV goes on sale in the second half of 2019.