New Qashqai priced

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Nissan Qashqai starts produtcion at Sunderland factory, 2024
Nissan Qashqai starts produtcion at Sunderland factory, 2024, with workers
New Nissan Qashqai with original model, 2024, at Sunderland factory

NEARLY 18 years ago the first Nissan Qashqai rolled off the production line in Sunderland creating the crossover segment and sending shockwaves around the automotive world.

Fast forward to 2024, and with more than four million customers in more than 100 countries, the fastest-selling car ever in the UK car industry has been upgraded once more - with a both design and technology updates.

The new Qashqai, electrified with Nissan's e-POWER system, is now in production at its home in Sunderland ahead of its arrival in the coming weeks to Nissan dealers across Europe and beyond.

The latest upgrades required a fresh £30m investment in the plant, building on Nissan's total investment in the UK of £6bn.

The refreshed Qashqai - which will cost from £30,135 - arrives as Nissan continues to develop its EV36Zero vision in Sunderland, a blueprint for the future of automotive manufacturing, bringing together electric vehicle manufacturing and battery production, powered by renewables.

It's an increase of some £3,000 over the current line up but the entry-level Visia trim is being dropped from the range.

Adam Pennick, Nissan's vice president for manufacturing in the UK, said: "We're so proud to call Sunderland plant the home of the Qashqai. Having the number one team behind the number one crossover is a winning formula, and we can't wait to see how much our customers enjoy the new design and extra tech."

Designed, engineered and built in Britain, the first Qashqai was produced in Sunderland towards the end of 2006, ahead of its launch in 2007. Its instant popularity saw production in Sunderland reach record levels, with the plant recording the highest annual volumes in the history of the UK car industry, and the Qashqai becoming the fastest UK-built car to achieve one million, two million, three million and then four million production units, spawning more than 20 competitors in the process.

Sunderland Plant is also home to the Nissan Juke and all-electric Nissan Leaf, where production supports 7,000 jobs in Nissan's UK teams. That includes Nissan's Design Centre in Paddington, London, the Technical Centre in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, the manufacturing team in Sunderland, parts centre in Lutterworth and sales and marketing team in Rickmansworth, as well as a further 30,000 jobs in the UK supply chain.

Since the third-generation Qashqai was launched in 2021, it has sold more than 350,000 units in Europe and continues to set the standard for crossovers.

In 2022 Qashqai became available with e-POWER - Nissan's unique and innovative electrified powertrain where the wheels are only ever driven directly by the electric motor - creating an EV-drive sensation.

More than 120,000 Sunderland-built Qashqais with e-POWER are now on the roads.

The latest changes keep the essence of what consumers love about the Qashqai, while enhancing its strengths and adding even more intuitive and convenient technology.

Changes have been made across Sunderland plant to enable production of the 2024 Qashqai, with investment in facilities for new panels, bumpers, paint colours, interior features, materials and trim.

The new Qashqai's upgraded technology is now also integrated into the production process - including updated advanced driver assistance systems and the addition of Google built-in as part of the NissanConnect infotainment system, which makes a near-seamless interaction between a customer's digital life and their vehicle.

Pennick added: "These are exciting times for Nissan in Sunderland. We are proud to be delivering new versions of both Qashqai and Juke to our customers while also preparing our plant to go all electric, as part of our ground-breaking EV36Zero project."

Nissan EV36Zero, the company's blueprint for the future of automotive, combines EV and battery manufacturing with renewables, with a goal of zero emissions driving and zero emissions manufacturing.

The EV36Zero model will become a blueprint for the future for plants across Nissan's global manufacturing footprint as part of The Arc, Nissan's new global business plan.

The EV36Zero project also puts Sunderland plant at the heart of Nissan's drive to a sustainable future.

Already confirmed for production in Sunderland are future all-electric versions of the Qashqai, Juke and Leaf, part of plans for Nissan's passenger car line-up in Europe to be 100% electric by 2030.

It also builds on Nissan's Ambition 2030 vision to become a truly sustainable company, driving towards a cleaner, safer, and more inclusive world.

Nissan has also announced pricing for the new model which is available with a mild hybrid petrol engine or Nissan's unique e-POWER technology.

All models feature significant interior and exterior design changes, including a bigger 12.3-inch infotainment screen and uplifts to interior materials quality.

Google Automotive Services and upgraded Around View Monitor technology are also added to most models, together with enhanced exterior lighting and updated alloy wheel options.

Another new addition to the Qashqai line-up is the N-Design grade priced from £34,845 which features design upgrades and aesthetic touches. On the exterior, the lower body portion below the doors and the wheel arches are body-coloured on N-Design. There are also unique, all-new 20-inch alloy wheels.

The refreshed Qashqai is also the first vehicle in Nissan's European range with the suite of Google built-in, which makes a near-seamless interaction between a customer's digital life and their vehicle.

The updated Qashqai is availablewith Google Maps and, once signed-in, with a personal Google Account drivers can access their favourite locations and points of interest. This reduces the dependence on a mobile phone and cellular phone network. Over the air updates ensure the map information is always current.

One of the most commonly used features on the Qashqai - Around View Monitor - has been significantly upgraded and now features a 3D function which allows the driver to see the car not only from above but alsofrom one of eight different external camera viewpoints. This helps the driver visualise the car from the front, rear, sides or corners to potentially identify any unseen exterior hazards.

Additionally, a feature known as "invisible hood view" allows the driver to see the position of the front wheels as if looking through the dashboard and engine bay, helping drivers to precisely manoeuvre in tight locations, such as multi-story car parks where there are concrete curbs which would damage a wheel. This view uses machine learning to create the image based on what the front camera can see in front, with the wheels super-imposed into the view to give a sense of perspective.

Diana Torres, managing director of Nissan GB, said: "The original Qashqai pioneered the crossover vehicle category that is so popular with customers today and, over the last 18 years, it has become a hugely successful icon of the UK motoring industry.

"Its unique combination of design, performance and technology ensure it stays ahead of rivals and these latest upgrades will reinforce its place as one of the nation's favourite new cars to buy."

The new Qashqai range will top out from £38,875 for Tekna+ versions.

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