You might not have heard of the Nissan Qashqai, but this compact crossover is the brand’s best-selling model in Europe by a long shot. For 2014, the Nissan Qashqai has been completely redesigned, and fits in beneath the slightly larger Nissan X-Trail crossover in the company's European lineup. The X-Trail, previously a distinct model, merges with the U.S.-market 2014 Nissan Rogue as of this year.
The 2014 Nissan Qashqai rides on the new Renault-Nissan modular platform that also underpins the new Rogue and X-Trail. Although the new Qashqai is slightly larger than the previous model, it is 10 inches shorter than the Rogue and X-Trail. Up front, the Qashqai displays a familiar Nissan grille design, along with LED accents on the headlights similar to those on the Rogue and X-Trail. The proportions of the Nissan Qashqai remain compact, though, with a rising character line along the sides that leads to the tapered rear hatch. The rear taillights look similar to those featured on the Nissan Sentra compact sedan, and the overall look is like that of a slightly smaller Nissan Rogue.
The 2014 Nissan Qashqai will feature a range of gasoline and diesel powertrains, all of which are turbocharged for increased efficiency. The engines, which range between 1.2- and 1.6-liters in size, will mate to either a six-speed manual or a CVT, and both front- and all-wheel-drive models will be available.
On the inside, the 2014 Nissan Qashqai features a similar design as the Nissan Rogue, which in turn mimics the interior of the Nissan Altima sedan, although it will not have an optional third row of seats. Numerous active safety technologies will be available on the Qashqai, like blind spot warning, lane departure warning, moving object detection, and front collision avoidance. The NissanConnect infotainment interface makes its way into the Qashqai as well, as does the handy AroundView Monitor camera system.
The 2014 Nissan Qashqai goes on sale in Europe in January 2014. It will not be sold in the U.S.