Spied – IAB reader catches the 2014 Nissan Qashqai testing


Anjan Ravi,

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The Nissan Qashqai is due for a product replacement and test mules have been plying in Europe for quite sometime now. Introduced in 2007, the Qashqai will be moving to its second generation soon.

2014 Nissan Qashqai spied front three quarter

Indian Autos Blog reader, Mr. Harshavardhana, spied the next generation Qashqai while it was filling up diesel somewhere in the United Kingdom. It is believed that Nissan’s R&D facility in Cranfield, UK, has been working on the next generation crossover.

2014 Nissan Qashqai spied front
The seats of this mule seems to resemble that of the Nissan Sunny/Micra.

While the current Qashqai is offered in 5 and 7 seat variations (the 7-seater is called the Qashqai+2), the next gen model would be available only as a 5-seat crossover. The 7-Seat role would be taken car by the new X-Trail. The overall design language would be inspired by the Nissan Hi-Cross concept that was shown at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

2014 Nissan Qashqai spied side

We expect a world debut for the Qashqai at any one of the upcoming international motor shows. Nissan has also released a teaser image of the 2014 Rogue (which is nothing but a Qashqai with a few different body panels) stating that it would be unveiled on September 10th (which coincides with the first media day of the Frankfurt Motor Show).

2014 Nissan Qashqai spied
2014 Nissan Qashqai will be available as a 5-seater version only.

There is a good chance that this new Qashqai is India bound, sometime in the later parts of 2014 or 2015. It would be positioned above the Terrano and would compete with the likes of the Mahindra XUV500 (even though the Mahindra is a 7-seater) and the Skoda Yeti.

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