This is Nissan’s ultimate answer for the C-segment; something practical, with a well-appointed interior, nothing too big, not too intimidating, makes you feel secure, presents a confident image. The dynamic styling of a sports car combined with the rugged strength of an SUV in a compact, fuel efficient package. Nissan went to the drawing board, pulling in the efforts of Nissan Design Europe in London and Nissan Technical Centre Europe based in Cranfield. The result is the 2007 Nissan Qashqai, to be built in Nissan’s factory in Sunderland, England. This is also Nissan’s first major project to be led by Nissan’s European operations.

The 2007 Nissan Qashqai sits between the C-segment hatchbacks and SUVs in term of size, with a wheelbase of 2,630mm. It’s 1,610mm tall, 1,780mm wide and 4,310mm long – which is about 100mm longer than a typical hatchback but 150mm shorter than a typical SUV. Imagine the 2nd generation Toyota RAV4 before it grew larger with the 3rd generation.

4 engine options are available for the 2007 Nissan Qashqai – a 1.6 litre 115PS petrol unit with 160Nm of torque and a 2.0 litre 140PS petrol unit with 200Nm of torque. The remaining 2 are turbodiesels, a 1.5 litre with 106PS and 240Nm of torque and a more powerful 2.0 litre turbodiesel with 150PS and 320Nm of torque. Different gearbox options are available depending in gearbox choice – but generally there are 4 different choices – a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic and Nissan’s X-Tronic CVT transmission.

The 2007 Nissan Qashqai will be on sale from February 2007 onwards and Nissan targets sales of 100,000 units a year across Europe. The Japan premiere will be in mid-2007 where it will be known as the Nissan Dualis.

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