Posts Tagged ‘qashqai’

Mitsubishi Lancer Replacement May Come from Renault-Nissan

Posted by Stephen On Friday, November 14th, 2014

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer GT

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer GT

Mitsubishi is making big strategic changes in how they make cars, and one of those changes is a brand-new direction for their next sedan. With the Mitsubishi Lancer on its way out the door, the small Japanese automaker is looking to partner with the Renault-Nissan for a new non-SUV model or two.

To be clear, Nissan and Mitsubishi already had a pre-existing partnership, but this will be the first time that the whole Renault-Nissan Alliance will be involved in the venture. The official partnership was quietly announced over a year ago, along with news of two new offerings the automotive firms will work together to produce. The first will be a midsize D-segment sedan for US and Canadian markets only. The second will be a globally available compact sedan.

In addition to the new global compact sedan, Mitsubishi and Renault-Nissan will collaborate on an NA-only midsize model. However, further details of what exactly these two cars would be based on were left totally up in the air… Until now.

2014 Renault Latitude

2014 Renault Latitude

In a recent report from Automotive News, Mitubishi CEO Osamu Masuko told AN that the US/Canada midsize sedan will be the first project to come to fruition. The new sedan will be manufactured at the Renault-Samsung factory in South Korea, and will likely be based on the Renault Latitude sedan (pictured above). Masuko expects this model to go on sale sometime around 2017.

As for the global compact sedan, plans are still up in the air. In his correspondence with AN, Masuko made it seem like they hadn’t even decided whether they want to re-badge a Nissan or a Renault model, although other sources hint that the compact sedan will be built on Renault’s new CMF architecture, which you can find underpinning the Nissan Qashqai. Either way, manufacturing and actually getting the car into showroom floors is still a ways off.

Strategically, this expanded Renault-Nissan partnership will allow Mitsubishi to put all of their internal R&D into the explosive SUV crossover market segment. A replacement for the European ASX compact SUV is planned for 2016, and the Shogun SUV will get a new model in 2018. It sounds like a long time to wait for being their “top priority”, but Mitsubishi plans to offer a plug-in hybrid version of each new SUV when they finally hit the market in the next few years. Either way, we’ll keep you updated here at Integrity Exports.

Nissan Extrem II Concept Teased Before San Paolo Debut

Posted by Stephen On Friday, October 17th, 2014

2014 Extrem II Concept

The echoes of the 2014 Paris Motor Show can still be heard reverberating across the furthest corners of the Internet, and yet Japanese automakers are already gearing up for this year’s next major auto show in San Paolo. Today we’re looking at Nissan’s preview for an as-yet-unnamed new compact crossover concept.

We don’t have a name for it yet, but Nissan says it’s a follow-up to the Extrem Concept from the 2012 San Paolo Motor Show (pictured below). Since we have nothing else to go on, this new concept has been unofficially dubbed the Nissan Extrem II Concept.

2012 Nissan Extrem Concept

As with most teasers of this nature, Nissan hasn’t released much information at all about their new SUV concept. In fact, the first two paragraphs of this article pretty much sum up everything that Nissan has “officially” told us. But if you take out your magnifying glass, you’ll find that there are a few clues that hint at what this new CUV will be…

First, Nissan doesn’t typically follow up on concepts that they don’t intend to produce. The fact that their showcasing a second version of the 2012 Extrem Concept suggests that whatever this car is will likely make it to production.

How much iteration remains between San Paolo and a commercial vehicle?

That we don’t know.

At the time of this writing, there are two popular rumors currently circulating the web about Nissan’s new concept. The first is that the Extrem II will eventually become a CUV slotted above the Juke but below the Rogue, perhaps as a global, more coupe-like Qashqai variant. The second rumor is that the Extrem II is actually the next-gen Nissan Juke in disguise, with perhaps a bit of design study thrown in for good measure.

We don’t buy any of it. The new Extrem II Concept won’t slot above the Juke or replace it; we believe it’ll slot below it. Just think about it… While other automakers are racing to manufacture CUVs that match the Juke’s compact proportions, Nissan is raising the bar by going even smaller.

Well, I guess that would be lowering the bar, wouldn’t it?

2014 Extrem II Concept profile

Either way, our theory isn’t mere hearsay. The 2012 Extrem Concept measured smaller than the current Nissan Juke in length, height and wheelbase. So, it’s reasonable to expect that the Extrem II will also be smaller than the Juke as a crossover that’s more hatchback/coupe than SUV.

Infiniti proved their willingness to break boundaries at the Paris Motor Show with the Q80 Inspiration Concept. Perhaps the Extrem II is Nissan’s attempt to do the same. Whatever it is, we’re excited to see what Nissan comes up with. Stay tuned for more info later this month.

New Nissan Pulsar Revived to Compete with Europe’s Hatchbacks

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Starting this fall, Nissan will be ready to compete with Europe’s best-selling C-segment hatchbacks. This is because they’ve just pulled the curtains off their revived Nissan Pulsar, a car the world hasn’t seen since 2000. However, this new European offering will come back to go toe-to-toe with the likes of the VW Golf, Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus.

Check it out for yourself below:

2014 Nissan Pulsar front

As you can see, the new Nissan Pulsar fits right in with the rest of the Japanese automaker’s lineup complete with its signature V-motion grille. It’s designed to slot below the Qashqai and X-Trail/Rogue, and it’s built on the same CMF2 modular architecture as the two larger SUVs. Other noteworthy design similarities include the boomerang-shaped LED headlights and the curvature of the front clip and wheel wells.

2014 Nissan Pulsar rear

With the exterior out of the way, let’s talk about the part of the new Nissan Pulsar you can’t see – what’s under the hood. Nissan has adopted a policy of efficiency with their latest vehicles, and that trend continues here with a relatively low-displacement engine range. However, what the engines lack in size they make up for with technology; each and every engine option includes a turbocharger. As for the actual stats, you’ll find that the three engine options closely mirror those available in the Qashqai:

  1. 1.2 liter DIG-T (direct injection turbo) petrol engine with 113hp
  2. 1.5 liter dCi (direct common-rail injection) diesel engine with 110hp
  3. 1.6 liter DIG-T petrol engine with 187hp, although this one won’t join the range until early 2015.

Thanks to the sheer efficiency of the engine range, the Nissan Pulsar is able to achieve CO2 outputs below 95g/km at every level. But, the technology used in the Pulsar’s powertrain is only the tip of the iceberg… There are even more techy features inside.

2014 Nissan Pulsar trunk

Chief among them is Nissan’s advanced Safety Shield technology suite, a collection of systems that “combine to offer a fully comprehensive ‘safety net’ for drivers.” These include Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, and Lane Departure and Blind Spot Warning.

The revived Nissan Pulsar will also offer the longest wheelbase in Europe’s C-segment at 2,700mm, or 8.8 feet. This translates into massive trunk space and an extremely spacious cabin. In fact, Nissan boasts that the 692mm of rear knee room is “more spacious than many D-segment offerings.” Unfortunately, one area in which the Japanese car maker has fallen down again is in the sheer blandness of the styling. There is no classic shape (like the Golf), nor any sense of excitement and innovation (such as you see in Citroen’s latest design). It’s destined to chug a long as a solid choice, but is unlikely to capture the hearts and minds of most consumers.

Unfortunately, as of right now it doesn’t look like the Nissan Pulsar will ever be available outside of Europe. The new hatchback will be manufactured in Nissan’s Barcelona factory, and will likely go on sale in the fall for something around 15,000 pounds, or about $25,000 at today’s exchange rates.

If you’d like to see a bit more of the new Nissan Pulsar, you can watch a short promo video for it below:

Nissan Hints at Possibility of Coupe-Style Nissan Qashqai

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, February 15th, 2014

2014 marks the second generation of the Nissan Qashqai. Even though it’s only been available in Europe for one month, it’s already looking well on its way to outdoing the original. But, Nissan wants more, and this week a spokesperson went on record telling us exactly what else they want to do with the Nissan Qashqai.

Turns out, Nissan wants to take their popular crossover in the direction of the Range Rover Evoque. In other words, they want to coupe-ify it. Since the Qashqai is targeted primarily towards the European market, this makes perfect sense and follows in line with trends already set by other automakers. Nissan Europe’s general manager, Marco Fioravanti, even went on record saying as much:

“We are observing the moves of  other automakers such as Audi, Honda and Volvo. We will not stand watching… Nissan constantly studies model trends and mulls ideas. Some make their way to production and others fall at various stages.”

There’s another good point in there, though, which is that an Evoque-style Nissan Qashqai is nowhere near production. In fact, it’s not even in the production planning stage yet. It’s merely something that could happen at some point.

But, that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about it!

On that note, let’s talk about what you could expect if a Nissan Qashqai Evoque were ever to be produced. For starters, let’s look at the Range Rover Evoque (left) compared to its bigger brothers, the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport

Tthe differences between the three vehicles are minor, but important. Obviously, the Range Rover Evoque is smaller than the rest, but it boasts the most aggressive design. It also appears that the wheelbase has been shortened slightly, which should allow for more maneuverability on tight city streets. In theory, Nissan would likely be looking to do something similar with a coupe-style Qashqai.

Fittingly, where Land Rover has the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque, Nissan also confirmed last year that they have definite production plans for a Nissan Qashqai NISMO. However, one thing they absolutely won’t do is produce a hybrid version of the Qashqai. Fioravanti explains, “Our traditional engines have excellent fuel consumption. We want to keep a high ‘value for money’ formula on the Qashqai.”

In other words, Nissan stubbornly stands by their EVs… It’s either all electric or none at all. It’s a formula that worked well so far, so we can’t fault them on that. And, the Qashqai already has a diesel engine available that offers extremely low CO2 emissions of only 99g/km.

All in all, introducing a Nissan Qashqai pseudo-coupe seems like an excellent idea to garner more sales in Europe. They already have the Juke and the Juke NISMO selling like hotcakes (hot crumpets?), with the GT-R NISMO slated for European debut next month in Geneva. With a Qashqai NISMO confirmed in the works, and a Qashqai coupe on the table as a possibility, it looks like Nissan is well on their way to wrenching European drivers away from European automakers.

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

New Nissan Qashqai 360 to Tide the UK Over Until 2014

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Today marks the first day in the final year of an excellent era for the Nissan Qashqai. The Qashqai, which is an blockbuster hit crossover in the UK, is in its last year of production before it gets rebooted next year. While the next generation Qashqai is certainly something for UK buyers to look forward to, those living in the now will be perfectly happy turning their attention to the just-released Nissan Qashqai 360.

The new Nissan Qashqai 360 will push out the previously best selling trim level, the n-tec+, which has accounted for a whopping 60% of sales for the Japanese-made crossover. Best of all, it will do so without affecting the price by even a single Pound…. The Qashqai 360 is available at the same starting price (19,945 GBP) as the old n-tec+. Since Nissan is now offering UK buyers better specifications and more features for the same price, it’s safe to assume that the new 360 trim level will fully fill the shoes left empty by the n-tec+.

Nissan Qashqai 360

A Full Circle View of the Nissan Qashqai 360

So, the question that you are undoubtedly asking now is, “what juicy new specs will we get with the Qashqai 360?”

Well, firstly and fore-mostly, the namesake feature is the 360° Around View Monitor system, which is integrated into the same Nissan Connect system we saw in the n-tec+. Easily accessible via the crossover’s satellite navigation screen, Nissan’s Connect will now offer you Bluetooth and smart phone connectivity, along with a helpful “helicopter view” to make parking easier.

However, the new Qashqai 360’s namesake tech. is only the tip of the iceberg for new features. The new trim level will also include several stylistic improvements for both the interior and the exterior. Here are just a few new additions to whet your appetite:

  • 18 inch ‘Onyx’ alloy wheels
  • Partial leather seats with high contrast white stitching
  • Sleek aluminum pedals
  • Tinted rear privacy glass
  • Gloss black accents, including the roof rails, mirror caps, door handles and gear shift
  • Panoramic glass roof

As you can see, the Nissan Qashqai 360 has a lot going on for being nothing more than a new trim package.

Also note that the engine and the transmission options are unaffected by the new model; it is available across all configurations for both the 5-seater Qashqai and the 7-seater Qashqai+2. You will still enjoy the same functionality and flexibility that drivers have come to expect from the Nissan Qashqai. It’s just that now you’ll look better and be safer while you’re doing it. In fact, on top of all the other features, you can now get the Nissan Qashqai in a very attractive Storm White – a new pearlescent paint-job Nissan is offering for the same 500 GBP as any other metallic paint job.

All in all, things are looking very good for Nissan in the UK. The outgoing n-tec+ helped the Qashqai to define its sector in the UK, outselling the Ford Mondeo, and having more sales than the Kia Sportage and Hyundai ix35 combined. The new Qashqai 360 should have no trouble holding down the fort until Nissan releases a completely new generation in 2014.