Singapore - Nissan’s Qashqai did not earn its moniker ‘Cash Cow’ by chance, in fact this compact crossover has been the Japanese car maker’s hottest selling model in major markets worldwide year-on-year.
Just what makes the Qashqai such a tempting proposition to car buyers everywhere? It all boils down to value. Take a compact crossover (who doesn’t love them?), give it futuristic good looks, stuff it with all the bells and whistles, plus good ride quality and you have a winner on your hands.
Nissan has nearly perfected the equation with the second generation Qashqai to the point that others have tried to wrestle over a slice of the pie (cue: the Honda Vezel/Toyota C-HR), but while the latter two are first-hand attempts, the Qashqai is polished and feels much more accomplished.
That’s just the pre-facelift we were rambling about, staying ahead of its game, Nissan has sent its Qashqai for a mid-life revamp, which should guarantee its dominance in the segment once again.
Visually, the spruced up Qashqai gets a new edgier facade with restyled headlamps, rump and in the case of our test-drive unit, a slew of new body colours - vivid blue being one of them.
Climbing in you would also notice a new flat-bottomed steering wheel, though the rest of the infotainment system and instrumentation remain largely intact. Our test-drive unit, in Premium trim, being top of the range came with the optional ‘Premium Plum’ interior features upmarket maroon leather upholstery that really reinforces that sense of luxury.