Nissan Qashqai Spied Inside And Out, But It’s Reportedly Been Delayed
Nissan is in the process of refreshing almost its entire lineup, and it goes without saying that the Qashqai / Rogue Sport is essential to the company’s redesign plan. The European variant of the compact crossover has now been spotted up close and hides a bold front fascia with large C-shaped headlights with the LED daytime running lights on top.
The side profile has also undergone a number of changes as the mirrors are no longer at the base of the A-pillars. They have been moved lower on the doors and this probably has a positive impact on rear visibility. The greenhouse is also different judging by the reworked belt line which has a flatter design rather than jumping out of the middle of the rear doors like on the outgoing model.
By moving to the rear, the changes are less visible. From what we can tell, the taillights appear to have a flatter setup and continue to extend across the tailgate. The red reflectors have been moved lower on the bumper while the license plate remains mounted in the center of the rear. There might be more tweaks than it looks, but we have a feeling the rear won’t be much different from the current Qashqai.
Overall, Nissan’s best-selling European model is expected to inherit some of the design DNA from the larger 2021 Rogue, and that holds true for the interior. A few shots of the prototype’s cabin reveal a familiar digital instrument panel and tablet-like infotainment system, mirroring the Qashqai’s big brother. The central air vents and the rest of the gear look quite similar, as does the steering wheel.
The tachometer on the left side of the driver’s digital display rises to 8,000 rpm, indicating that the prototype was equipped with a gasoline engine. This makes sense given Nissan’s decision to gradually move away from diesel engines in Europe, where customers are no longer in love with oil burners after Dieselgate. Shift paddles behind the steering wheel reveal that the test vehicle had an automatic transmission.
And now for the bad news – the next Qashqai would have been pushed back for at least six months. Quoting two people familiar with the subject, Financial Times reports that production of the new crossover will not begin at the Sunderland UK plant until after April 2021.
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The delay is believed to be related to the impact of the coronavirus on the auto industry, but something good could come of it. Automotive News Europe says Nissan will learn more about how Britain’s trade relationship with the European Union evolves in the post-Brexit era. The current deal will end early next year, with the two sides currently negotiating a new deal.