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Nissan Australia has revealed pricing for its new-generation Qashqai small-sized SUV, but those hoping for a bargain buy might want to look elsewhere as costs have risen across the board by as much as $8300.
Available in four grades, the 2023 Qashqai line-up will open as before with the ST, but with the six-speed manual now gone, prices now start at $33,890 before on-road costs.
That’s a $3300 jump over the outgoing equivalent ST automatic, but Nissan has bundled in more equipment to justify the increase.
As standard, the 2023 Qashqai now comes fitted with LED headlights, a 7.0-inch TFT driver display, push-button start, 17-inch wheels, and an 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support and a six-speaker sound system.
For safety, even the cheapest Qashqai is fitted with a centre-side airbag, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control.
Stepping up to the ST+ will set buyers back $37,890, a $5300 increase over the outgoing car, but Nissan bundles in 18-inch wheels, surround-view monitor, LED fog lights, automatic wipers and a 12.3-inch multimedia touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto and satellite navigation.
The ST-L now costs $42,190 (+$7590), but adds adaptive headlights, rear privacy glass, LED turn signals, part-leather interior, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable driver’s seat, 19-inch wheels, and Nissan’s ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology.
The top-spec Ti meanwhile, is now $8300 pricier than before at $47,390, but justifies its price with a 10.8-inch head-up display, quilted leather interior, massaging front seats, powered tailgate, 10-speaker Bose sound system, 12.3-inch digital instrumentation, automatic parking and a panoramic glass roof.
All four versions are powered by a new 1.3-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, producing 110kW/250Nm – a 4kW/50Nm boost over the outgoing car.
Paired to the engine is a continuously variable transmission, which sends driver to the front wheels, returning a fuel economy rating of 6.1 litres per 100km (bettering the old car’s 6.9L/100km figure).
Competing directly against the Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Toyota Corolla Cross when it lands in local showrooms before the end of 2022, the Qashqai will also be topped by an e-Power grade arriving sometime in 2023.