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Updated Nissan Qashqai to arrive in August in Spain

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Visually it has a completely new bumper, as well as grille, light clusters and bonnet. The LED lights can have an adaptive function to improve illumination in curves, the standard ones are still halogen. The rear light clusters have also been changed. In the side view we will only notice the new wheel designs from 17 to 19 inches; the press photos are with larger wheels and you can see the exaggeration (the brakes look ridiculous). Two colors are added to the range, the Vivid Blue in the photos and the Chesnut Bronze.


The engines remain as they were

Inside, the new design of the steering wheel stands out, more sporty in Nissan's opinion (for being flattened), with a higher perceived quality and easier to manipulate the various buttons. Some materials are better look and feel, and have been strengthened sound-absorbing measures to have a quieter cabin. It also receives a new top of the range, Tekna +, with seats with Nappa leather surround and embroidery in the central panels; all images correspond to this finish.

Other interior changes include NissanConnect, with an upgraded interface, and the ability to equip an optional seven-speaker BOSE sound system for higher trims. It still lacks advanced connectivity for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

There are changes to suspension, dampers and steering, without going into detail; they say it will be more comfortable and stable.

Last but not least, it's a bit safer. The forward collision warning system is now capable of sensing pedestrians, and there's also cross-traffic alert when reversing. This system warns of moving objects when manoeuvring, reinforces the view from the rear camera and prevents us from hitting an absent-minded child, for example. Cars of this type sell an illusion of safety because of their high driving posture, but their rear visibility is abysmal (not unique to Nissan, mind you).


Plus, it may have the ProPILOT system, which helps the driver accelerate, brake and stay within a lane in both highway and dense traffic, but it always demands the driver's attention to what's in front of them. Nissan calls it "autonomous driving functions," but that's a confusing and even misleading term, because it requires the driver's attention, so it's semi-autonomous.


Prices and specific equipment details for Spain have not yet been provided. They should stay as they are or be increased a bit. The Tekna+ should be more expensive than the current Tekna.

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