Nissan has announced that its next-generation Qashqai crossover – also known as the Dualis – will be designed, engineered and built in the UK. A £192 million investment, which will be funded entirely by Nissan, has been targeted for the development of the new vehicle.

The first stage of development will see the new Qashqai being styled at the company’s European Design Centre in Paddington, London. Once the design is finalised, engineers from the Nissan Technical Centre Europe in Cranfield, Bedfordshire will take hold of the project, and the completed car will be built in the company’s Sunderland manufacturing facility.

Nissan is looking at the next-gen model building on the success of the current one, which was launched in December 2006, and was facelifted in early 2010. The vehicle is currently the highest-volume car produced in the UK, with export levels of around 80% to 97 markets worldwide. The Sunderland plant, which produces an average of 1,200 Qashqais a day, will produce its one millionth Qashqai later this month.