2022 Nissan Qashqai Australian Pricing and Features Revealed

Small SUV buyers will be spoiled for choice as one of the world’s largest automakers prepares to launch its new and improved machine.

Nissan has announced significant price increases for its popular small SUV, the Qashqai.

The Qashqai is just one of many significant new Nissan-badged machines – including the new Z sports car and the X-Trail family SUV – heading our way this year.

The Qashqai is available in four model classes, and prices start at $33,890 (before road use charges) for the entry-level ST, rising to $37,890 for the ST+, $42,190 for the ST-L and $47,390 for the Ti. .

These prices represent a big increase over the current version of between $5300 and $8200 depending on the variant.

The Japanese brand will also launch a hybrid version – called e-Power – early next year. Pricing for the hybrid hasn’t been announced yet, but it will likely only be available on more expensive models and could cost between $45,000 and $50,000 plus down the road, based on the cost of the gasoline variant.

The e-Power works differently from other hybrids because it uses the gasoline engine as a generator to power the electric motor and charge a small battery.

Nissan says the price increases will be offset by a more powerful engine, better driving dynamics and more technology.

Under the hood is a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine mated to a CVT car. It makes a handy 110kW and 250Nm, a jump of 4kW and 50Nm from the previous version.

Upgraded and hi-tech suspension should make for a smoother ride around town and a more engaging ride on the open road.

Nissan claims a fuel economy of 6.1 l/100 km compared to the 6.9 l/100 km of the previous version.

Every Qashqai is packed with passive and active safety equipment.

This includes must-have items such as blind spot monitoring and rear intersection warning with automatic braking.

Base ST versions have an 8-inch central touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a 7-inch digital driver information display.

All other variants score a 12.3-inch infotainment screen that connects wirelessly to Apple CarPlay. Android users still need to connect their devices with a cord.

Top-spec Ti versions get an impressive head-up display that projects vital information such as current speed and speed limits, navigation prompts and various safety warnings.

The new Qashqai will hit showrooms by the end of this year.

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