Famously named after some mountainous folk who live in Iran, the Nissan Qashqai is a compact crossover SUV.
Unlike many crossover SUV’s today that are built on platforms shared by normal road cars the Qashqai is built on the same underpinnings as the Nissan X-Trail.
So far since production began in 2006 the car has been through 2 generations of redesign and sales have risen year-on-year.
Choices of engine for this initial version included a variety of small displacement petrol and diesel fuel types with the choice of CVT, manual or automatic gearbox.
With the introduction of the second generation in 2013 the platform changed to the CMF-C/D and is shared with many other models such as:
- Nissan X-Trail again
- Nissan Pulsar
- Renault Megane
- Renault Kadjar
Production of the Nissan Qashqai has always taken place at plants in the UK, Japan and China with additional production of the second generation taking place in Russia.
A performance trim was introduced that was named the Nissan Rogue Sport for the North American market.
Nissan claim that the move to introduce this model to the USA as the Rogue Sport was to capitalise on the success of the Rogue brand but others claim its because American’s find it hard to pronounce Qashqai.