Facelift for Sunderland-built Nissan Qashqai

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Nissan's best-selling Qashqai is getting a facelift.

The firm announced in October that it is to build an all-new version of the crossover at its Sunderland plant.

The new-look Qashqai is put through its paces

The new-look Qashqai is put through its paces

But with that still some time away, the current model has been given a new look.

Nissan says the new look offers 'significant enhancements of the car’s premium character,' with a new exterior design, higher levels of interior quality and improved driving performance.

The new Qashqai will be available with ProPILOT autonomous drive capability, which controls the car's steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways.

Nissan Europe chairman Paul Willcox said: "We have put the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision at the heart of our product strategy, guiding the development of every vehicle. The new Nissan Qashqai is proof of that, with enhancements which will continue to define and set new standards in the crossover segment."

The view from the front...

The view from the front...

The Qashqai’s enhanced premium appeal is most obvious in the cabin, where an improved layout, higher-quality materials and advanced technology deliver a highly attractive and functional interior for all occupants.

The new range-topping Tekna+ grade includes new seats trimmed in high-quality soft nappa leather, with 3D quilting on the centre panels.

Also new is a D-shaped multi-function steering wheel with a four-way controller for more intuitive use and less ‘eyes off the road’ time.

The NissanConnect infotainment system, complete with DAB radio and satellite navigation, now features a smart new user interface.

...side...

...side...

A new option for music fans is a BOSE seven-speaker premium sound system. For customers it represents a more complete audio experience, plus the opportunity to personalise in-car listening.

The exterior has from a fresh design, with a completely revised front end, including the latest Nissan ‘V-motion’ grille.

The headlamps have been revised with a new version of the ‘boomerang’ Daytime Running Light signature, and adaptive front lighting to improve night-time safety.

At the rear, the car’s instantly recognisable ‘boomerang’ light motif is extended across the whole lamp, and now includes a 3D lens effect to enhance the signature shape.

...and rear

...and rear

Added to the Qashqai’s colour palette to boost its premium credentials are two vibrant new finishes. These include Vivid Blue, on the vehicle unveiled during Nissan’s Geneva press conference, and Chestnut Bronze.

Modifications to the suspension, damping and steering systems have resulted in an even more refined on-the-road experience.

Improved use of absorption materials and increased rear glass thickness have led to a reduction in cabin noise from the road, engine and wind. Striking new 17, 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels are available, all aerodynamically optimised to maximise efficiency.

The new-look model will be available from July.