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2014 Nissan Qashqai to debut in November, plug-in hybrid due in 2015 – report

The all-new Nissan Qashqai will go on sale in 2014, and our exclusive images show how it could look

The all-new Nissan Qashqai won’t be revealed until the autumn, but Nissan bosses have let slip details as the car’s November public debut date draws near.

“The future Qashqai will be innovative with both styling and technology,” global product planning head Andy Palmer told us. “Don’t expect it to look like the current car with a few extra radiuses.”

Our exclusive images show how the new model could look, with a bolder front end, dynamic curves along its sides and a large roof spoiler at the rear. The new Qashqai will be built on a new, modular platform that will underpin medium-sized Renault and Nissan cars, from the next X-Trail to the forthcoming Megane. This has been engineered to accept plug-in hybrid technology, and the Qashqai is first in line.

Palmer confirmed that a plug-in hybrid version will be introduced in showrooms in Europe in 2015. The hybrid’s CO2 emissions will dip under 50g/km, while a 113bhp 1.2-litre supercharged three-cylinder engine will replace the current 1.6-litre petrol. The new 1.6-litre diesel, carried over from the current car, will have its CO2 cut to below 100g/km.

High-end versions will still be offered with four-wheel drive, and while the car will be larger, prices will be similar to today’s model, starting from around £16,500.


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