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Nis­san’s Qashqai, the best-sell­ing ur­ban crossover in Europe, is now avail­able in South Africa, with sig­nif­i­cant ex­te­rior and in­te­rior re­vi­sions, and it now also rides, han­dles and steers bet­ter.

It has been im­proved with the ad­di­tion of Nis­san In­tel­li­gent Mo­bil­ity (NIM) tech­nol­ogy, In­tel­li­gent Blind Spot Warning, In­tel­li­gent Emer­gency Brak­ing, In­tel­li­gent For­ward Col­li­sion Warning, Around View Mon­i­tor, In­tel­li­gent Cross Traf­fic Alert, and Mov­ing Ob­ject De­tec­tion. These sys­tems are stan­dard in the top model, but op­tional for the rest.

In­side, there is a sporty new D-shaped steer­ing wheel, and the door han­dles and air vents are fin­ished in higher-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als. One-touch power win­dows are now avail­able across the range, and the front seats have been re­designed to offer ad­di­tional sup­port.

The Nis­san­con­nect sat-nav unit has a new user in­ter­face, a shark-fin roof an­tenna is now stan­dard, and a premium Bose sound sys­tem is now avail­able on the flag­ship Tekna model.

Ex­te­rior up­dates in­clude an in­te­grated new front bumper and “V-mo­tion” grille, halo­gen lights with new “boomerang” Day­time Run­ning Lamp sig­na­ture, and a re­designed clam-shell bonnet and rear bumper.

How­ever, it is the ride qual­ity and han­dling of the Qashqai that has im­proved the most, thanks to re­tuned dampers, a stiffer anti-roll bar stiff­ness, and NIM Ac­tive Ride Con­trol. Eight mod­els are avail­able, in­clud­ing two Cvt­deriva­tives, and pric­ing varies from R334,900 for the 1.2T Vista to R434, 000 for the top-line 1.5 dci Tekna.

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