When the Qashqai was introduced in 2007, there was nothing else like it on the road. With a higher seating position allowing a better view down the road, but a footprint the same as other hatchback cars, it quickly became a popular alternative. Its petrol and diesel engines were efficient and there was an all-wheel drive version for those who needed the extra traction in challenging conditions. Overall, it offered an excellent balance between compact dimensions, a sense of robustness and an elevated view (traditionally found in 4WD models) without the size, weight or efficiency penalty.

The second generation Qashqai was unveiled in 2014 with a more striking design and improved engines with more refinement and technology. This Qashqai broke a UK record, being the fastest UK-produced vehicle of 500,000 units. To date, over 5 million Qashqai's have been sold globally.

The all-new Qashqai will build on its position in 2021, as the benchmark in the crossover segment.

The new 2021 Nissan Qashqai

The new Qashqai is going to change what customers can expect from a family car. Comfort, refinement and technology will be from higher categories of car, while the driving experience will satisfy drivers and passengers alike. With Nissan’s bold e-POWER technology, we feel that customers will fall in love with the feeling of an electric powertrain, without the range concerns.”

- Gianluca de Ficchy, Chairman (Nissan Africa, Middle East, India, Europe and Oceania (AMIEO) Region)

Connected Control

The new 2021 Qashqai offers an advanced infotainment system with class-leading connected services including effortless smartphone integration, in-car wifi for up to seven devices and NissanConnect - a dedicated app to control and monitor the vehicle.

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    Android Auto / Apple CarPlay

    The 9" display screen is a digital gateway to navigation, entertainment and vehicle settings, compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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    Bose Sound System

    The new Qashqai incorporates the Bose Premium sound system. It features 10 speakers plus Bose’s Acoustimass bass box in the boot.

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    Heads-Up Display

    An new 10.8" heads-up display projects key navigation, driver assistance and road information onto the windscreen within the driver’s line of vision.

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    NissanConnect App

    Stolen Vehicle Tracking is introduced for the first time which provides a 24/7 contact with police and third-party customer services, with automatic theft notification through the NissanConnect app.

New Hybrid and e-POWER Engines

The new Qashqai will offer two new engine options - a powerful but efficient 1.3-litre petrol engine with hybrid technology, and a new, innovative e-POWER engine which provides the acceleration of an electric motor without range anxiety.

The new e-POWER system is comprised of a high-output battery combined with a petrol engine. It differs to traditional hybrid systems where the wheels are driven by an electric motor and a petrol engine. But in the e-POWER system the petrol engine is not connected to the wheels, it simply charges the battery. And unlike an electric vehicle the power source is the engine, rather than just the battery. This gives the driver the best of both worlds - performance and economy without the range anxiety.

2WD and 4WD, Manual and CVT

The new Qashqai is available in both 2WD and 4WD variants and as a 6-speed manual or new Xtronic CVT.

The 1.3 petrol will be available with two power outputs - 140PS and 158PS. Max engine power arrives at 5500rpm, with maximum available torque of 270Nm at 1750rpm on the 158PS variant.


The new Qashqai is equipped with the next generation of ProPILOT. ProPILOT with Navi-link is able to accelerate and brake the vehicle on a motorway and can accelerate the vehicle to cruise at a set speed, and then brake the vehicle down to 0mph in heavy stop-start traffic. The system is able to resume automatically if the vehicle has been stationary for less than three seconds and the traffic in front of the car moves away.

Additionally when the moves into a lower speed limit, the system is able to read road signs and take into account navigation system speed limit data to slow the Qashqai down to the appropriate speed, meaning the driver doesn’t need to adjust the cruise control speed manually.

Additional Extras

A powered hands-free tailgate makes accessing the boot effortless when hands are anything but free and overall luggage capacity has increased by over 74-litres from the current model.

Adding a touch of luxury to the new 2021 Qashqai, a massage seat function with three program modes has been introduced to the top range versions for both front seats, with settings conveniently adjusted via the NissanConnect system. And in a first for the Qashqai, a front storage console provides a 15w wireless charging station for smartphones accommodating even the largest dimensions of devices.

Price and availability

The new Qashqai is expected to arrive around the middle of 2021 and at the moment price is to be confirmed. Keep checking back on the Colin Appleyard website for more information over the coming months.