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All-New 2014 Nissan Qashqai Officially Revealed – Does It Beat the Original?

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

We’ve spent the past several weeks talking about the future of the Japanese car industry, specifically about all the cars and concepts that will be coming to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

Well, today we’re going to take a break from Tokyo and talk about a car that won’t debut at the Japanese Motor Show, simply because it isn’t really targeted towards Japanese drivers.

Are you curious? Me too, so let’s jump right in …

Taking the Wraps Off the 2014 Nissan Qashqai (Dualis in Japan)

2014 Nissan Qashqai - Dualis

Ever since its original launch in 2007, the Nissan Qashqai (JDM Dualis) has played an enormous role in the compact crossover craze that’s still alive and well today. And yet, the car remains mysterious because it defies normal categorization.

It’s not quite an off-road vehicle, but it’s more rugged than a city car. It’s smaller than a crossover, but bigger than a stationwagon. It’s rugged, unique, and fun to drive, but not without its flaws.

You see, despite continuing to yield increased sales year after year, the current iteration of the Nissan Qashqai is lacking in several areas. Most importantly, it’s cramped. While the car is smaller by definition than a typical SUV, the fact that it looks so much like one makes it seem like it should offer plenty of space — both for passengers and cargo. But, neither is the case – the current Qashqai actually feels quite confined from the inside.

Furthermore, while the design was innovative several years ago, other automakers are starting to catch up and the Qashqai simply doesn’t stand out like it used to. In fact, now that the CUV segment is so much more competitive than it was in 2007, it’s unreasonable to expect that the new Qashqai will have the same boundary-defying design as the original. But, you can be the judge of that… Here is the official 2014 Nissan Qashqai, wraps removed:

2014 Nissan Qashqai - Dualis Revealed

As you can see, this iteration’s design is quite similar to the new Nissan Rogue / X-Trail. It seems that Nissan is trying to bring cohesion to their lineup, which makes sense. All around, the new Qashqai / Dualis is sleeker, more angular, and substantially less “bubbly” than the original.

Technically speaking, the new Qashqai will get four different powertrain options – two gas and two diesel. The entry-level engine will be a turbocharged 1.2L gas with 113bhp, while the upgraded gas option is a 1.6L DIG-T with 148bhp. For diesel drivers, a highly efficient 1.5L dCi with 108bhp will be available with a fuel economy upwards of 60mpg. Alternatively, a more powerful 1.6L dCi with 128bhp will still get an impressive 51mpg.

In addition to the improved powertrain options, the next-generation Nissan Qashqai will also feature a bunch of Nissan’s newest Safety Shield technologies, including Front Collision Avoidance, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Driver Attention Support.

For a more thorough visual tour of all the styles and goodies in the new 2014 Nissan Qashqai, just watch the video below:

Nissan Previews 2014 Rogue (Dualis) CUV for Frankfurt Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, August 24th, 2013

The 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show is just around the corner, and some of the most popular guests have already RSVP’d. Lexus is bringing their new RC-F Concept (probably), Toyota is bringing a new Hybrid-R Concept, Honda is bringing their new Civic Tourer, and even Infiniti has chimed in with their new Q30 Concept… Nissan is one of the few still left in the cold. That is, until today.

Earlier this morning, the second largest Japanese automaker published official word that they’ll be bringing the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue to Frankfurt. Along with their extremely short press release, we got a single image of the new Rogue crossover, which you can find below:

Nissan 2014 Rogue CUV Teaser

Remind you of anything? I have to say, at least the style of this rendering is reminiscent of the Lexus mystery concept (ahem… the RC-F… ahem…) which we discussed earlier this week. But, I suppose there are only so many ways to preview a new vehicle. Either way, we have slightly more to go on for the 2014 Rogue then we did for the Lexus concept.

As you can see, this gives us a pretty good estimate of what the next generation Nissan Rogue will look like. That’s fortunate, because all Nissan is telling us is that, “The all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue will push the envelope of CUV design starting on September 10 when it is unveiled.” Not exactly a ton of information. But, here’s what we know:

First, the crossover market is exploding, and is well-documented as one of the trendiest spots for automakers to be right now. While the Rogue may be on the larger side compared to the likes of Nissan’s smaller Juke, it nicely stacks up against Toyota’s RAV4 and Honda’s CR-V. This is important to note because anytime you’re designing for a competitive market, aesthetics become top priority. Also note that while the Rogue is specifically an American nameplate, this new CUV will undoubtedly see international production, probably under the Qashqai model name in Europe, and the Dualis badge in Japan: Otherwise, why would Nissan premier it in Europe?

Put simply, the current Nissan Rogue doesn’t generate quite enough raw attraction to garner the drivership that Nissan wants. That’s why it’s no surprise that, even with the camouflage in place, the 2014 Nissan Rogue looks substantially edgier than the outgoing model… Like the leather-jacket-wearing bad boy who gets all the girls in the movies. In fact, I’d even make the comparison that the new Rogue takes more styling cues from Lexus than it does from its own marque.

Hey, maybe the similarities behind the two preview renderings are more deliberate than I’d first thought?

Of course, while the improved aesthetics will form the foundational appeal for the new Rogue CUV, there are certainly other noteworthy updates being made as well. Unfortunately, we don’t have quite as much information on the mechanical side of the new crossover. All we know is that it will be one of the first vehicles designed for the Japanese brand’s newly developed modular CMF chassis. Beyond that, you’ll have to wait with the rest of us for the big reveal on September 10th. Until then, thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Japanese car updates!

Source: Car Scoops, Motor Authority, Autoblog