Qashqai to hit Canada this spring

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Jock McCleary
Metroland Media

DETROIT, MICH. – Nissan is bolstering its CUV lineup with the introduction of the 2017 Qashqai.

Although it’s been available in Europe and other parts of the globe for over 10 years, this will be the first time Qashqai will hit U.S. and Canadian roads.

A proven track record in Europe – where it has sold more than two million units – and the SUV-appetite of Canadians could make this a natural fit this marketplace.

The Qashqai will slot between Juke and Rogue in the Nissan stable. It’s shorter than Rogue by just over a foot in overall length and by a couple of inches in the wheelbase.

Nissan said the smaller stature should make it ideal for the urban single or couple that requires the versatility of a CUV but still needs a vehicle that can easily be manoeuvred.

Under the hood will be a standard 2.0-litre DOHC, four-cylinder direct injection engine that will push out a respectable 141 hp and 147 lb/ft of torque.

It will be linked up to either a six-speed manual gearbox or an available Xtronic transmission with Sport Mode Shifter. It will be offered in either front-wheel drive or intuitive all-wheel drive.

Also standard is Electric Power-assisted Steering with Sport mode, Vehicle Dynamic Control and four-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System.

It will be offered in 10 exterior and two interior colour schemes with available piano black finishes with chrome accents. It boasts 648 litres of cargo space behind the second row of seating that increases to a vast 1,730 litres with the rear seats folded.

It will also come with available Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield technologies including Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Intelligent Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Forward Emergency Braking.

Qashqai will be offered in three trim levels- S, SV and SL and will be available in Canadian dealers in the spring of 2017.