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2025 Nissan Qashqai revealed in Europe! Small SUV's bold new look ushers in tech updates and built-in Google for Toyota Corolla Cross and Kia Seltos rival

The 2025 Nissan Qashqai facelift has been revealed in Europe with a bold new front end, new variant and technology improvements. 

Mechanically, Nissan’s small SUV remains unchanged with the offer of a compact turbo-petrol engine or e-Power hybrid system. 

Australian details are yet to be confirmed but a Nissan spokesperson told CarsGuide the local arm is “very excited by the facelifted Qashqai, which has just been unveiled. We anticipate arrivals towards the end of 2024.”

The Qashqai’s grille has undergone quite the transformation. Gone is the petite V-Motion grille in favour of a more geometric look accented by comma-shaped LED daytime running lights. 

Nissan says the repetitive pattern is “inspired by the patterns of ancient Japanese armour scales”, while upper grades get a body-colour ‘chin strap’ detail encircling the bottom of the bumper.

The new adaptive LED headlights are even smaller than before which Nissan says improves visibility in low light and foggy conditions.

The new Nissan Qashqai has had a little nip and tuck around the back.

There are fresh alloy wheel designs across the range, with Australian cars likely to have 18-inch units as the smallest, where the UK may keep 17s on base trims. Nissan claims to offer the “widest range of wheels” in the small SUV segment in Europe.

Three new colours – pearl white, pearl black and Deep Ocean – are added while the pictured Fuji red hue (or Fuji Sunset red locally) continues in Europe.

The car shown here is Europe’s new N-Design halo variant featuring unique 20-inch alloy wheels, body-colour wheel arch and side skirt cladding.

Nissan claims to offer the widest range of alloy wheel designs in the Qashqai's class.

Inside, Nissan has implemented softer-touch cabin materials on the centre console while there’s new seat upholstery including ‘burnt umber’ accents on one trim’s upholstery. 

Native Google software is available with Google Maps and Voice Assistant. Connected services have been built on in Europe, with Nissan Australia yet to confirm local updates to these features for Qashqai. 

More views are available for the 360-degree camera system including a three-dimension screen and one that shows the location of the front wheels to minimise the likelihood of scratched alloys. 

Finally, there are updates to safety systems including recalibrated autonomous emergency braking. Lane-keep assist and speed limit monitoring default to on but there’s a configurable custom driver assist program that takes two clicks on the steering wheel buttons to access. 

Nissan Australia is yet to confirm local details of the Toyota Corolla Cross and Kia Seltos rival. Expect the 1.3-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder producing 113kW to continue alongside the 140kW e-Power hybrid powertrains.

Pricing is likely to climb beyond the current line-ups $33,890-$51,590 (before on-road costs) range.

John Law
Deputy News Editor
Born in Sydney’s Inner West, John wasn’t treated to the usual suite of Aussie-built family cars growing up, with his parents choosing quirky (often chevroned) French motors that shaped his love of cars. The call of motoring journalism was too strong to deny and in 2019 John kickstarted his career at Chasing Cars. A move to WhichCar and Wheels magazine exposed him to a different side of the industry and the glossy pages of physical magazines. John is back on the digital side of things at CarsGuide, where he’s taken up a role as Deputy News Editor spinning yarns about the latest happenings in the automotive industry. When he isn’t working, John can be found tooling around in either his 2002 Renault Clio Sport 172 or 1983 Alfasud Gold Cloverleaf.  
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