The mystifyingly titled Qashqai holds fast at the entry-level end of Nissan’s SUV and crossover product line, giving customers an affordable access point to the brand. For 2020, the company has increased the trucklet’s base price by $1300 but has also imbued it with a raft of standard driving aids and safety equipment.
Starting at $21,498, the 2020 Qashqai S will be equipped with lane departure warning and prevention systems, rear intelligent emergency braking, and predictive forward collision warning tools. The 2020 Qashqai will also be fitted with emergency braking technology and be able to read traffic signs, the latter of which makes it more intelligent that about half of drivers on the road today.
Eagle-eyed spotters will be able to pick the 2020 Qashqai from a fleet of 2019s thanks to sharper exterior styling on the newer models. Angular headlights frame a corporate V-motion grille, bringing Qashqai’s schnoz in line with the rest of its mates in Nissan showrooms. A redesigned rear fascia incorporates some new design elements including smoked taillights which are not at all like smoked kippers. Nissan’s been using the ‘different lengths of sausage’ approach to styling for a while now on its mainstream vehicles and, for the most part, it seems to be working.
That entry-level price listed above is for a front-drive S trim equipped with a manual transmission. If you find one on a dealer lot, please let us know. Adding Nissan’s Xtronic CVT pads the bill by $2700. Putting all-wheel drive on the base S pushes the price further northward by another two grand. Volume SV and SL models, equipped with all-wheel drive, will bear a sticker price just on each side of $30,000 respectively. Qashqai maxes out at the Platinum AWD trim, a machine which will siphon $33,998 from your bank account. At that point, please consider a Rogue. Even a base Murano is $1100 less dear.
Powering all Qashqai models is a 2.0L inline-four making 141 horsepower. Adding a turbocharger and creating a Qashqai SR would be pretty neat – just saying.
But it is the new inclusion of the brand’s Safety Shield 360 technologies that will likely drive sales, as the majority of customers in this segment typically look for a safe and efficient rig in which to carry around their life’s detritus. The 2020 Qashqai should be on dealer lots before the calendar flips into 2021.