Nissan Qashqai Makes Splash At Pupkewitz Launch

A society studded evening at Pupkewitz Nissan marked the official launch of the “new and revamped from the ground up”, Nissan QASHQAI which gives a fresh perspective to the term ‘compact crossover’.

Heightened design, luxury, quality, refinement and technology headlining its introduction, is a vehicle which the manufacturers say “can do it all”, with space, power, comfort, versatility and practicality to suit the busy and aenturous lifestyles of Namibian motorists.

Produced at the Nissan Sunderland plant in England, the new QASHQAI arrives with a five-model range supported by three engine variants and two trim lines, and puts the ‘zing’ into driving.

Picking up on its status as being a formidable force in the compact crossover world for several years, the Nissan Qashqai is redesigned from the ground up, with the finished product being longer, wider, lower and lighter than before.

Nissan has aimed somewhat higher when it comes to interior quality, with a fuss-free layout and premium quality materials. Leg, head and shoulder room have been improved, while the boot capacity grows by 20 litres to 430 litres.

The Qashqai will be offered with one petrol and two turbodiesel engines. That sole petrol offering is a brand new 1.2-litre direct injection turbocharged unit that develops 85kW at 4500rpm and 190Nm at 2000rpm, while sipping 6.2 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.

Like the 1.2T, the improved 1.5 dCi turbodiesel sends its power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. This 1.5 pushes 81kW at 4000rpm and 260Nm between 1750 and 2500rpm and its main drawcard is the claimed average consumption of 4.2 l100km.

There is a beefier diesel option in the form of a 1.6 dCi with 96kW on tap at 4000rpm and a wholesome 320Nm from 1750. You can have it as a front-wheel drive with CVT transmission or as an all-wheel drive (All Mode 4times4-i as Nissan calls it) with a six-speed manual gearbox. Consumption is as low as 4.9 litres per 100km in the case of the CVT model.

The range starts with the 1.2T Visia manual, which includes standard feature highlights like LED daytime running lights, electrically-adjustable door mirrors, Charcoal cloth trim, 16-inch wheels, a 5-inch full-colour HD Drive-Assist Display which includes several information readouts as well as access to customisable vehicle settings, remote central locking, a fully-compatible audio system with four speakers, a multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth cellphone connectivity, cruise control, two cup holders, four bottle holders and manual air conditioning. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are available as an option.

The new 1.2T Acenta and 1.5dCi Acenta derivatives ramp up the features list considerably with the addition of 17-inch alloy wheels as standard, along with automatic lights and wipers, front fog lights, electric folding door mirrors, a leather steering wheel and gear lever, Graphite cloth trim, an electric anti-dazzle rear view mirror, six speakers, dual-zone climate control, driver and passenger seatback pockets, and an extra two cup holders.

The two range-topping 1.6dCi Acenta models pull out all the stops in terms of features. Standard equipment increases to include 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with auto levelling, silver roof rails, privacy glass, chrome-accented front fog lights and an intelligent key with keyless entry and push-button starting. The all-wheel drive derivative also features ALL MODE 4x4i, Nissan’s intelligent all-wheel drive system. The TECHNO PACK is also available as an option on these models along with heated leather upholstery.

All models carry the highest complement of safety equipment as standard, including four-disc ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) and BAS (Brake Assist System), six airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) which incorporates traction control, hill start assistance, an electric parking brake, three-point seat belts for all five seats and ISOFIX child seat anchor points. All models also feature a full-size 16-inch spare wheel.

All new Nissan QASHQAI models carry Nissan’s new class-leading 6-year150 000 km warranty and a 5-year90 000 km service plan which includes roadside assistance as standard.

Four lucky owners took delivery of their brand new QUASQAI’s at the launch on Thursday evening, namely, Johan van Vuuren, Maria Pina, Leonie Prinsloo and Donatius Kalumbu all experienced the delivery of a life time.

Dealer Principal, Armand Barnard, stated that, “Buying a vehicle from Pupkewitz Nissan is not just a transaction, it is a lifelong relationship we are starting with our customers”

“We are extremely excited about the arrival of the new Qashqai as it paves the way for other awesome Nissan products coming soon to our showroom.”

Source : New Era