IAB Report – Nissan India studying different SUV options; Qashqai & new X-Trail are leading contenders

Posted on: Oct 11, 2013 - 6:11pm IST

On the sidelines of the Nissan Terrano national launch which took place in Chennai this week, we caught up with Mr. Nitish Tipnis, Director of Sales and Marketing for Hover Automotive India. Our question was very simple: Is Nissan evaluating the Qashqai for India?

2014 Nissan Qashqai spied side
IndianAutosBlog reader, Mr. Harshavardhana, spied the next generation Qashqai while it was testing in the UK.

We are studying different models and options for the country. And at the end of the day we need to make sure that we have cars that can adapt to India and give our consumers a differentiated value proposition. We see a huge demand coming up for SUVs now.

Since the current Nissan Qashqai is due to be replaced by early 2014, it makes no sense for the company to introduce it in India. However, we have reason to believe that the next generation model would certainly be seen in our country. The Qashqai would be positioned above the Terrano and would compete with the Mahindra XUV500.

Front three quarter of the 2014 Nissan X-Trail 5+2
Unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show last month, the next generation X-Trail gets 7 seats.

At this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the next generation X-Trail was unveiled. One of the key highlights of the new X-Trail is the addition of the third row of seats. When asked about the new X-Trail’s launch in India, Mr. Tipnis did not wish to put a timeframe on it, only saying that we would have to wait for sometime. Nissan India could localize the X-Trail at their Chennai facility which would enable them to target a competitive price tag when it comes to the market sometime next year.

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4 thoughts on “IAB Report – Nissan India studying different SUV options; Qashqai & new X-Trail are leading contenders

  1. Milton says:

    I think nissan is overlooking their strongest model the JUKE, I have personally seen the Juke in Italy, Istanbul, Odessa and in Spain and it is definately an eye catcher with excellent design cues that can compete any suv… If priced close to a duster it will sell like hot cakes…

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  2. Pandi says:

    Qashqai is very good build and current indian taste SUV, No study required, Nissan can bring launch the Qashqai without any delay because the another big duster compitator “Honda sub urban” SUV amost ready to launch in 2014.

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  3. apn r says:

    Localizing of both models will be a threat to other cars in same segment.

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  4. sandeep says:

    It sounds good finally a good move by Nissan India. Launching Qashqai & X-Trial both could do good numbers for Nissan, i think if they position Qashqai against XUV500 like you said they can easily sell 2.000 units + a month and if they put X-Trial against Fortuner they can easy sell 500 units or even 1.000 units cause it looks already good

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