Home' Open Road North Shore : OR0118 Contents FIRST LAUNCHED IN 2014, the Nissan
Qashqai became an instant hit with
consumers, offering a more urban SUV
option alongside the off-road focused
X-Trail. The new Qashqai has a wider but
simpler line-up, with the 1.6 -litre turbo-
diesel engine no more and the 2.0 -litre
four-cylinder now the sole choice.
The engine has the same output as its
predecessor (106kW/200Nm) and fuel
consumption is exactly the same, too,
at 6.9L/100km for the CVT auto and
7.7L/100km for the six-speed manual.
The base ST is the only model offered
in manual. There’s a new mid-spec ST-L ,
and a launch-only N-TEC edition will be
replaced with the traditional top-spec
Ti in 2018. Pricing has moved around
slightly: the ST has increased $500
and now starts at $26,490, the ST-L
is $32,490, the N-TEC is $36,490,
and the Ti will be $37,990.
The Qashqai has a new exterior look,
adopting a bonnet and ‘V-motion’ grille
seen on the upgraded X-Trail and
Pathfinder. The idea is to incorporate
more of the body colour into the nose,
replacing the previous dark-grey finish.
The fog lamps are more integrated, and
new headlamp clusters round out the
changes. The tail lights have been
extended and there are two distinct rear
bumper designs for different specs.
The interior has been revamped with a
new dash design and the mid- and high-
spec models feature a seven-inch colour
touchscreen and sat nav. Nissan doesn’t
offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, an
option increasingly common among
other brands. The new steering wheel
features a smaller centre hub to improve
instrument visibility, while newly-
designed front seats appear in the ST-L
and N-TEC, and trim materials have been
upgraded for a more premium feel. On
the safety front, Nissan’s Intelligent
Mobility system has been upgraded, with
emergency braking and forward collision
warning standard across the board.
With an unchanged engine and
transmission, the new Qashqai drives in
much the same way as its predecessor.
Under acceleration it feels strong and
the CVT transmission, with its stepped
changes, works just like a conventional
auto and any engine drone is supressed.
The revised suspension has delivered
a firmer ride, especially in the mid- and
top-spec models. On the secondary
roads we drove during the launch, the
N-TEC – riding on 19-inch low profile
tyres – was harsh over rutted dirt
sections. Back on the bitumen and in
corners, however, it has filled its brief,
with more composed handling.
This revamp adds some safety and
the new ST-L broadens the line-up. The
previous generation had a good balance
between ride and handling and the
revised suspension, although sportier,
doesn’t necessarily improve the
Qashqai’s appeal. Its other attributes –
practicality, space and general user
friendliness – remain. – Tim Pomroy
Pros: Better spec level; seat comfort
Cons: Firmer ride not necessarily better
The popular compact SUV gets a facelift
Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder Transmission:
six-speed manual/CVT Power: 106kW
Torque: 200Nm Fuel consumption: 7.7L
and 6.9L/100km (claimed) ANCAP: HHHHH
Price: From $26,490 (plus ORC)
CAMRY HISTORY IN AUSTRALIA
1983-1987 The first Camry went
on sale in 1983 and was known as
the Camry Liftback. It was advanced
for its time, with multi-point fuel
injection and front-wheel-drive.
1987-1993 The first Aussie-built
Camry was a hit and had a V6 engine
option. At this time, Camrys in
Australia were also rebadged and
sold as Holden Apollos.
1993-1997 The generous interior
space in these models saw them
become known as the ‘wide body’.
1997-2002 The Vienta range took
the Camry more upmarket until the
larger Avalon replaced it. SUVs were
increasing in popularity, stealing
sales from wagons, and it was the
last model to offer a wagon option.
2002-2006 The Camry Sportivo
added a sporty flavour, and the range
was more notable for its increased
use of locally-produced components.
2006-2011 The Aurion replaced the
V6 Camry. In 2010, the Australian-
built Camry hybrid arrived and was
the only Australian-built hybrid in
2011-2017 The 2011 Camry was the
first to achieve a five-star ANCAP
rating. A new 2.5 -litre four-cylinder
engine, six-speed automatic, and an
extensive update in 2015 kept it at
the top of the sales charts.
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