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2021 Nissan Qashqai interior detailed: New Kia Seltos and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rival moves upmarket with more tech, luxury

The new Qashqai’s dashboard is highlighted by a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 9.0-inch central touchscreen.

Nissan has teased the interior of the next-generation Qashqai small SUV, which is shaping as more premium than its predecessor.

A new 9.0-inch central touchscreen ‘floats’ proudly atop the Qashqai’s dashboard, with it powered by Nissan’s latest multimedia system, which has a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to seven devices as well as support for wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto.

Speaking of which, smartphones can take advantage of the fresh 15W wireless charger, which is large enough to accommodate even the recently launched Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max. Alternatively, USB-A and -C ports can be found throughout the cabin.

The tech fest is continued by the debuting 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, which has configurable layouts that can display TomTom navigation, traffic, entertainment and/or vehicle information.

And if that’s not enough, a 10.8-inch head-up display can also be had, with it projected onto the windscreen and showing more or less all of the aforementioned details.

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Audiophiles should be pleased by the available 10-speaker Bose sound system, which is complemented by a Acoustimass bass box located in the boot.

Of note, there is no traditional gear selector for examples fitted with an automatic transmission. Instead, a miniature shift-by-wire item has been introduced, with a dial for the various drive modes for all-wheel-drive variants positioned just below.

Alongside a heated steering wheel, massaging front seats are available for the first time, offering three programs, while Nappa leather upholstery is once again available, but this time with a three-dimensional diamond quilted design.

Either way, the Qashqai is likely to be more comfortable, with a longer wheelbase leading to rear knee-room increasing by 28mm, to 608mm, while headroom is up 15mm in the first and second rows.

The Qashqai has also become more practical, with cargo capacity increasing by 74L, partly thanks to the 20mm-lower boot floor, while the door bins can now take 1.5L bottles, up from 500mL.

As reported, the new Kia Seltos and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rival will be officially revealed in the second quarter of next year ahead of Australian sales beginning in late 2021 or early 2022.

For reference, the Qashqai’s engine, safety, steering and suspension details have already been detailed by Nissan (see story link above), so expect at least one more set of teasers before the big debut.