2007 was a turning point for both the and the automotive industry. The reason: the launch of .
At that time, the company was on the brink of bankruptcy and was struggling to create a new car to replace the Almera hatchback. It took a lot of work and significant changes, such as shutting factories, breaking up the costly system of enterprises, and so on to make it through the storm.
But more than that, Nissan also began studying the emotional and functional needs of the C-segment customers. They learned that there was a high demand for a car that ranged between the functionality of an MVP and the sportiness of an SUV at an accessible price.
How Nissan Made History with Qashqai
Putting Qashqai on the market was a risk. Nissan was defining a new segment – the crossover. However, they took it, and the innovativeness of their ways paid off.
Qashqai was an immediate success with over 100.000 cars sold in the first year. Since then, over 3.3 million vehicles were sold worldwide, Europe being the primary market with 2.3 million. One of the reasons for its success on the old continent is, of course, the fact that Qashqai is manufactured in Sunderland, UK.
Nissan Qashqai is one of the most popular family cars, with steady sales of around 250.000 per year and there’s no sign of a decline in the demand. It’s the fastest-selling in the UK with a new one rolling off the production line every 62 seconds.
The reason behind this thundering success is the fact that Qashqai has remained true to the original concept. Don’t think that Nissan has kept everything the same since 2007. The company is always making changes and adding new technology to improve the performance and driving experience. That’s why Nissan Qashqai has been crowned Car of the Year three years in a row, and it has been named the “King of the Crossroads.”
The 2017 series make no exception. Here’s what you should expect from it.
The new Qashqai comes with a new inside and outside design, improvements to the driver aid system and changes in the steering, damping and suspension systems.
Two new exterior paint colors are available, “Vivid Blue” and “Chestnut Bronze.” Depending on the model and options you can choose, the new Qashqai features 17, 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels.
You can see considerable differences on the front-end as well. The new Qashqai features a new design with air vents surrounding the usual V-line grille, a narrower lower air intake and added side air vents. The front headlights have also been modified and now include adaptive lights that improve night-time vision.
More Performance, Better Efficiency
The added sound absorbing materials and thicker rear glass will allow you to enjoy a lower level of noise, vibration, and harshness. The multi-functional steering wheel is flat-bottomed with chrome insertions.
NissanConnect, the infotainment system will now include DAB radio and an updated user interface of the navigation system. A seven-speaker BOSE sound system is also available as an option.
Probably the biggest is the fact that the 2017 Qashqai will be available with a semi-autonomous driving system. The system will control the car’s acceleration, steering, and braking without any input from the driver. Nissan promises to update the system in the future so that it will allow changing lanes and managing intersections too.
A New List of Safety Features
The independent testing organization, Euro NCAP, proclaimed Qashqai the safest small family car. To further keep the title, the 2017 series come with significant additions regarding driving aids. The new Forward Emergency Braking system will include pedestrian recognition and rear cross-traffic alert to reduce the risk of impacts when reversing. The Driver Attention Alert will track the steering behavior and notify you when there are signs of drowsiness or inattention.
An Around View Monitor will give a bird’s eye view of the vehicle to aid parking. Furthermore, a Park Assist feature will be available, as well as a Blind Spot and Lane Departure Warning.
Since Nissan proved there’s a real interest in the crossover market, other manufacturers have tried to take a share. Suzuki launched the SX4 S-Cross, Volkswagen introduced Tiguan and Seat launched Ateca. Even the luxurious Jaguar joined with its F-Pace model.
So, the competition is fierce.
But, Nissan Qashqai managed to stay at the top by being a step forward. The 2017 series promises an even smoother, safer and more pleasant driving experience than the old models. And, history has taught us that when Nissan promises something, it usually delivers.
Tesla Model Y Small SUV Arrives As A More Practical Model 3
The entry-level electric crossover is expected to replace the Model 3 as Tesla’s most popular model.
Tesla has finally unveiled the Model Y, an all-electric crossover that’s more important to its mass-market ambitions than even the Model 3.
Essentially a high-riding Model 3 with more seating and cargo room, the Model Y looks to capitalize on the popularity of crossovers and SUVs, which have been killing sedans the world over, both figuratively and literally. It can also be viewed as a smaller, more affordable Tesla Model X.
At launch, the Model Y will be offered in Performance and dual-motor AWD trims. The former is priced at $60,000 in the United States and will be the quickest-accelerating in the lineup, capable of launching from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds and hitting a top speed of 150 mph (241 km/h).
The dual-motor AWD Model Y, on the other hand, has a $51,000 price take, completes the zero-to-60-mph sprint in 4.8 seconds and is limited to a 135 mph (217 km/h) top speed. Both are expected to have a driving range of up to 280 miles (451 km/h).
There will eventually be a rear-wheel drive Long Range edition of the Model Y that starts at $47,000 and features a modest increase in driving range to 300 miles (483 km) on a single charge, though acceleration drops to 5.5 seconds.
Finally, the entry-level Model Y Standard Range kicks everything off with a “bargain basement” $39,000 price tag, but steps down to a 5.9-second zero-to-60 time, a 120-mph (193 km/h) top speed, and 230 miles (370 km) of range.
The Model Y shares approximately 75 percent of its parts with the Model 3, explaining its familiar looks inside and out. It does a good job at mimicking a baby Model X but doesn’t get falcon doors for the sake of simplicity.
Bigger dimensions means occupants benefit from for 66 cubic feet of trunk space compared to the Model 3’s 15 cubes, and having conventional doors also allows owners to install a roof rack.
The options list include a $3,000 package to upgrade the seats from five to seven, 19-inch alloy wheels ($1,500), a number of exterior color choices other than black, a black and white interior, Autopilot, and full self-driving capability.
The Performance and dual-motor AWD Model Y are scheduled to arrive by fall 2020, while production of the entry-level Model Y Standard Range isn’t expected to begin until spring 2021. You can currently reserve a Model Y by sending Tesla a refundable $2,500 deposit.
Are you happy with how Tesla’s small SUV turned out? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Polestar 3 Will Be A Coupe-Like SUV Rivaling Tesla Model 3
It will be the Swedish electric car brand’s first SUV-crossover.
Polestar has shifted is hard at work on it’s follow-up the Polestar 2, the company’s Tesla Model 3-fighter.
Unsurprisingly, the Pole Polestar 3 will be a utility vehicle — more specifically a coupe-like SUV — intended to capitalize on the SUV-crossover craze.
“We’ve produced the two bookends. You’ve already got the top end and the bottom end, and all of the Polestar models that we launch thereafter will be positioned in between those two,” Jonathan Goodman, Polestar’s CEO confirmed to Digital Trends. “The one that comes after the Polestar 2 is the Polestar 3. It’s a coupe-style SUV, and we will release it in the back end of 2021.”
Like the Polestar 2, the Polestar 3 will be a fully electric vehicle and will likely share a platform with the the Polestar 2. It will give Polestar an answer to the Tesla Model Y
What are you hoping to see?
Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV Concept Previews Alfa’s First Electrified Vehicle
The Italian automaker is getting ready to enter the electric vehicle segment.
Alfa Romeo used the 2019 Geneva Motor show to debut the Tonale Concept, previewing its first plug-in hybrid.
Sharing a design language with the larger Stelvio, the sleek compact crossover stands out with a large lower grille flanked by LED-array headlights that are thinner than those on the Stelvio and retro design elements like Alfa Romeo’s characteristic phone-dial wheel, which as borrowed from the 33 Stradale of the 1960s.
Highlights of the interior include a 12.3-inch full digital instrument cluster, a large 10.25-inch touchscreen for the central head unit, and premium materials ranging from aluminum to Alcantara and leather.
Technical details or a launch window for the production Tonale were not revealed, but the model was envisioned with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Alfa Romeo plans to launch a total of six PHEVs by the end of 2022, and the Tonale will certainly be one of them.
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