1. Qashqai? It’s Quashqai! However?
When the Nissan Qashqai was in the showroom in 2007, the name was laughed at. What does Qashqai mean? And what is it? Matt Weaver also had to get used to: “In 2002 we were working on the concept car, which would later lead to the Qashqai. We just kept brooding on a name.
“I thought they spelled the word wrong.”
One evening, it was already late, I received an email from the head office in Japan: we have a name, it will be Qashqai. I laughed and thought they spelled the word wrong. That is why I emailed back: ‘It is Quashqai, after the q you will hear!’ I was wrong. I didn’t know then that there was a nomad tribe in Iran called Qashqai. The car is named after that.
2. There are real buttons on the dashboard
Many new cars have a fully digital dashboard. Why does the Qashqai still have real buttons? “The new all-electric Nissan Ariya, which will be launched later in 2021, will have a digital dashboard. The Qashqai is the model that guides the old Nissan buyer in that direction. Our customers are still used to rotary and push buttons, but are also introduced to a digital instrument panel and more functions via touchscreens. But you can still operate the air conditioning and the radio with real buttons. ”
3. The Nissan Qashqai is European, but also Japanese
Nissan was well aware of which car the European consumer was waiting for in 2007. It was the first to come with a compact crossover, which looked robust and sporty. That is why the Qashqai has been drawn in the design center in London since the first generation. “It’s a typical European car, but the Japanese craftsmanship remained important. You can see that especially in the finish of the interior: in the stitching and woodwork you can see the love for details that is so characteristic of the Japanese. ”
4. The Nissan Qashqai almost had 30-inch wheels
30 inch? Yes, 30 inches! A bit of a joke of course, but for designers, the bigger the wheels, the better. “When the wheels are the right size, the rest of the car is much easier to design. If a car were all about design, I would seriously go for 30 inches. But 20 inches did succeed and that is already very large for cars in the segment of the Nissan Qashqai. In the past, only extreme sports cars and SUVs had 20-inch wheels. We have of course made sure that the car is comfortable despite the large wheels. ”
Do you see those long legs? Our passenger is almost 2 meters long.
5. The new Qashqai is more spacious, but not much bigger
The third generation of the Nissan Qashqai is a few centimeters longer, wider and higher than its predecessor. The wheelbase has been stretched by barely two centimeters. “Still, the luggage space has increased by 74 liters and the rear seat passengers have 28 millimeters more legroom. We have achieved this by making the seats thinner, without compromising comfort. ”
6. The logo is HUGE
The Nissan Qashqai was marketed in 2007 as a tough, robust car. With the new Qashqai, Matt Weaver goes into overdrive: take a look at that huge grille, and take a closer look at the even larger logo. “The silhouette of the Qashqai had to remain recognizable out of thousands, especially with all the competitors that have entered the market in recent years. That is why he has almost the same proportions, but a more confident front. In addition to the large emblem, the boomerang headlights and the air vents on the side ensure that. I also wanted to go back to the essence: not too many lines, omission is the greatest art in designing. ”
In the summer, the new Nissan Qashqai will be at the dealer and we will tell you all about the price of all versions.