ARE YOU in the market for an SUV? Well, your options just got bigger.

Nissan has launched its new Qashqai, the third generation of the pioneering crossover.

Nissan South Africa confirmed that the all-new Qashqai will make its debut in South and Sub-Saharan Africa later in the year.

Showcasing the advanced technology available on the new Qashqai, the Premiere Edition will offer customers unprecedented convenience features that are normally found in upper automotive segments.

“As part of the Nissan next transformation plan in our region, we are excited to welcome the new edition to the Qashqai family later this year. Fourteen years after creating the crossover segment, we are confident that this model will be a game changer,” said Stefan Haasbroek, Nissan SA marketing director.

The central screen is a 9” TFT screen that houses Nissan’s upgraded infotainment system while an additional 12” TFT configurable screen sits in front of the driver, replacing the traditional dials.

Nissan Qashqai.
Nissan Qashqai.
Nissan Qashqai.
Nissan Qashqai.
Nissan Qashqai.
Nissan Qashqai.

To complement the high definition screen, the driver will also benefit from a 10,8-inch head-up display, the largest in the segment, offering speed, navigation directions and road information directly in their line of sight. Taking into account the two screens and head-up display, the driver has easy and convenient access to key information while driving.

Wireless charging is among the most powerful in the segment. And while the smartphone is charging wirelessly, suitably equipped iPhones can connect to the Qashqai via wireless Apple CarPlay, allowing for seamless usage of many of the phone’s apps.

The Qashqai Premiere Edition is powered by the 1,3-litre turbocharged petrol engine found on the current Qashqai.

However, Nissan’s engineers have developed it to include mild hybrid technology that enhances its efficiency.

Thanks to the addition of a secondary lithium-ion battery system, the new Qashqai offers extended idle stop, quicker restart.

The system will even boost torque under acceleration, offering an additional 6Nm for up to 20 seconds.