By on December 29, 2016

Nissan Qashqai

Nissan will add the overseas Qashqai crossover to its U.S. lineup, with the model debuting at next month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, multiple sources tell TTAC.

Pressed into domestic service to satisfy a crossover-hungry marketplace, the compact Qashqai will slot just below the popular Rogue.

Sources tell TTAC the Qashqai will not replace an existing model. Adding a new crossover allows the automaker to shore up its product portfolio in a country that’s rapidly switching from passenger cars to utility vehicles.

Given that the model — in its current form — has rolled off the company’s Sunderland, UK assembly line since the 2014 model year, bringing the Qashqai to America doesn’t pose a challenge. However, keeping up with demand could be an issue, assuming the model performs as well as it does in overseas markets.

The model first bowed for the 2007 model year, and has since become Nissan’s best-selling product in Europe. There, the Qashqai rules the midsize crossover segment, which is similar to the compact class in North America.

Looking very much like a Rogue Light, the Qashqai is offered overseas with a lineup of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines. We don’t know powertrain details just yet, but expect the U.S.-bound model to reach into the four-banger parts bin for propulsion. A continuously variable transmission should carry over.

In terms of dimensions, the Qashqai is certainly closer to the Rogue than the Juke. At 104.2 inches, the Qashqai’s wheelbase is only 2.3 inches shorter than the Rogue’s, while overall length, at 172 inches, undercuts its larger stablemate by about 10 inches.

No release date was given, but we expect the Qashqai to appear late next year as a 2018 model.

[Images: Nissan]

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47 Comments on “Nissan to Debut U.S.-bound Qashqai in Detroit...”


  • avatar
    brettc

    Are they actually going to sell it as the the Qashqai in the U.S? If so that will make for good times for Nissan sales people. I guess it can join the Touareg and Tiguan in terms of weirdly named SUVs.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Qashqai is a funny way of spelling “cash cow”.

    • 0 avatar
      OldManPants

      + 1 jillion

      The most brilliant puns are so *obvious* after someone else comes up with them.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Kind of like introducing a car called “Nova” in Mexico and wondering why it didn’t sell.

        Paging Mr. Berlitz…please translate “no va” into Spanish…

        • 0 avatar
          mcs

          That’s always been a myth. I lived on the border at the time and the Nova was well regarded. They knew the difference.

          http://www.snopes.com/business/misxlate/nova.asp

          The real naming issue is Volt and Bolt. I don’t know how they’d handle that in Spanish speaking parts of the US where B is pronounced similar to V. Lots of confusion in Chevy dealers in the Los Angeles area. I don’t know what those idiots at RenCen were thinking.

    • 0 avatar
      jalop1991

      Came here to say it, found I didn’t have to.

      Bravo. And exactly right.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    I had no idea the Qashqai and Rogue were even different models. Turns out the Rogue is based on the bigger international X-Trail.

    How much bigger is the Rogue than the Qashqai?
    ~2″ more wheelbase, ~10″ more length, ~same width, and ~5″ more height.

    So closer to the original Rogue.

    Incidentally, Jeremy Clarkson has called the Qashqai the “Quishquash” and “Kumquat”.

  • avatar
    carguy

    I had that series Qashqai as a rental in Ireland last year. My one word review would be “inoffensive”.

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      Yes. Less offensive than the Rogue, to be sure!

    • 0 avatar
      WheelMcCoy

      Years ago I rented one while in the Caribbean. I thought it was a Euro-branded Rogue but now am learning there’s a distinction without much difference. I also learned the correct pronunciation was “Cash Key.”

      Agree, it is inoffensive. My wife liked the looks and practically. I found the driving dynamics rather bland.

  • avatar
    87 Morgan

    I hope they debut a new name for it too.

  • avatar

    Doesn’t the Juke slot below the Rogue?

    • 0 avatar
      OldManPants

      And there’s also that runt version of the Rogue… what’s it called… Select?

      Edit: Don’t see that one anymore on the Nissan site. Guess that explains this thing’s arrival.

    • 0 avatar
      Superdessucke

      That’s what I thought too. I don’t see why they need the Squishy. They really need a credible Sentra model.

      • 0 avatar
        OldManPants

        I’m afraid to ask what you mean by “credible”.

        According to GCBC it will have achieved over 200K credibles in 2016.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          “According to GCBC it will have achieved over 200K credibles in 2016.”

          Which proves there’s plenty of folks out there who could care less how their car drives. Also reference: Toyota Corolla.

          Then again, there’s no shortage of folks who like a compact that actually drives well, and lots of them sell quite nicely. Reference: Honda Civic, Ford Focus, VW Golf, VW Jetta, Mazda 3.

          Something for everyone, y’know?

      • 0 avatar
        Eyeflyistheeye

        While I dislike how Nissan has been focusing on selling blandmobiles, I can’t fault them for selling cars people need at prices they can afford.

        The cheapest Civic in my area is $17,943. The cheapest Sentra in my area is $14,849. If I travel to Arizona, I can buy a Sentra for $12k and change, new. Not to mention the Sentra is spacious as all get out for the size and is technically a mid-size when others are compacts in the class. If I had a family and I was on a tight budget, it’s a hell of a deal.

        • 0 avatar
          thornmark

          The Sentra is usually ranked the worst in class. That explains the price.

          It’s a deal only if you shop price, otherwise it’s a bad deal. For the budget minded a late model of something better would be a real better deal.

          That said, it seems Nissan exists to meet the expectations of the cheapest-price shoppers. More so than the Koreans these days as they have moved above Nissan in product and price.

  • avatar
    npaladin2000

    Quash-why?

  • avatar
    marjanmm

    i test drove it last year before i bought a ford kuga. It has very limited headroom. Very low roof, feels like a regular compact car just jacked up somewhat. i fear this is a new trend in compact CUVs.

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      “feels like a regular compact car just jacked up somewhat. i fear this is a new trend in compact CUVs”

      This is not a new trend… its THE thing everyone is doing now since CUVs sell like crazy.

    • 0 avatar
      OldManPants

      A new kind of zero-sum game. Jack it up, drop the roof.

      In pursuit of the high-riding pancake.

      Interestingly, specs I found say the “old” QQ was 63.3″ high, “new” one is 62.5″ so as is to be expected both ground clearance and cabin height are being reduced.

      Evil never sleeps.

    • 0 avatar
      Higheriq

      “feels like a regular compact car just jacked up somewhat.”

      Uh, that’s what a CUV is.

    • 0 avatar
      Eyeflyistheeye

      As a Focus hatchback owner, I had to chuckle when you said the Qashqai was a jacked-up compact car. I mean, the Escape/Kuga is literally a jacked-up Focus. Same interior and everything.

      • 0 avatar
        marjanmm

        Kuga/Escape has comparable cabin space with c-max. Especially the headroom is substantially better than in a focus making more upright seating possible which is far more comfortable for tall people for long distance driving. They are all on the same platform but Kuga and C-max have more space inside than Focus.

  • avatar
    Higheriq

    So in other words, it’s what the Rogue WAS before it morphed into another 7-seater. For Nissan’s sake, I hope they call it something other than Qashqai, otherwise I see people avoiding it on name alone.

  • avatar
    bph78660

    While they’re at it, they should bring over the Kicks too. Make that showroom floor wall-to-wall crossovers!

    https://www.netcarshow.com/nissan/2017-kicks/

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    “Looking very much like a Rogue Light”…

    Isn’t that the model where you just stick your feet out the bottom and Flintstone it?

  • avatar
    Eyeflyistheeye

    I find the current Rogue/X-Trail to be one of Nissan’s best and most competitive vehicles (excluding the Infiniti lineup) on the market. My friend who had his mom’s hand-me-down RX330 that got totaled loved it and almost bought one before his over-conservative parents gave him money to buy another used RX because it was so obvious that Nissan ripped off the RX styling and execution with the Rogue.

    I wonder if they’ll just call it the Dualis like they do in Japan. And I would seriously consider one if they drop in the 1.6 DIG and 6MT.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “We don’t know powertrain details just yet, but expect the U.S.-bound model to reach into the four-banger parts bin for propulsion. A continuously variable transmission should carry over.”

    “Powertrain details are unknown, but a four-cylinder and CVT are expected.”

    Fixed that for you.

  • avatar
    jalop1991

    WTF, some Charlotte FL dealer is selling new Sentras for $9.7K.

    I wonder if you should be careful and drive the speed limit while you drive it home and “drop it off to our prep center so Vinnie can do the final prep for you” like taking the drugs out of the various panels.

  • avatar
    Joss

    Sunderland Juke don’t match Oppama in build quality.

    Is there a Star Wars called Qashgai? Or is it Nissan can’t spell quality no more?

  • avatar
    WallMeerkat

    The thing sells like hotcakes in the UK, where the new car market is now wall to wall crossover / CUVs.

    Usually bought by the type of person who would never buy French, yet are happy to poorly drive (taller vehicles have different blindspots!) / badly park what is effectively a jumped up Renault Megane.

    • 0 avatar
      OldManPants

      “poorly drive…. badly park”

      Well, natch, their damn steering wheels are on the wrong side. That’s not the car’s fault.

      And I’ve never understood how any real man could shift an MT with his *shudder* left hand.

      In America we shift with the right and wank with the left, one activity being a substitute for the other.


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