New trim and gearbox option for efficient Nissan Qashqai

New trim and gearbox option for efficient Nissan Qashqai

2014-11-18 15:46:46

Nissan has updated its best-selling Qashqai range by introducing a new n-tec trim level and installing an automatic gearbox into a petrol model.

The n-tec trim replaces the Acenta Premium specification. This means that the full line-up starts from Visia through Acenta, n-tec, n-tec+ and on to the flagship Tekna model.

Compared to the outgoing Acenta Premium, the external changes are very limited, confined to a unique set of 18-inch alloy wheels.

But this relatively low-key approach to the exterior hides the fact that all n-tec models get Nissan’s Around View Monitor which provides a 360-degree view of the car’s surroundings to aid parking and driving in tight confines, an engine start-stop button, front and rear parking sensors, automatic folding door mirrors and an auto-dimming rear view mirror. None of this was standard on the outgoing car.

The Japanese company’s Safety Shield technology is also fitted as standard, and features emergency braking, traffic-sign recognition, a lane-departure warning system and high beam assist which, as the name suggests, dips your full-beam headlights automatically when it detects oncoming traffic.

The n-tec+ specification adds a panoramic glass roof and roof rails for a £550 premium over the standard n-tec cars.

The other big news feature with the Qashqai is the new Xtronic DIG-T 115 model which with a 1.2-litre petrol engine in Acenta trim and above, can come mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The new combination allows the car to return 50.4mpg on the combined cycle whilst emissions of just 129g/km mean that buyers will have to pay £110 per year in road tax.

The Xtronic 1.2 DIG-T 115 Acenta Automatic costs £21,145 – which means that it costs £1,350 more than a manual version.

This is an abridged version of an article especially prepared by First4Auto on behalf of EcoCars4Sale. 

Reported By

Andrew Merritt-Morling

Chief Editor