Nissan has upgraded its popular Qashqai small SUV with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ST+ and Ti grades have scored extra safety tech and an N-Sport limited edition has been added to the line-up.
The phone mirroring apps are now standard across the Qashqai line-up although it comes with a price increase. The entry point into the Qashqai range is now $27,990 (an increase of $500 over the previous car) and that will get you into the ST with a manual gearbox, while the auto (CVT) is $29,990. That ST is the only grade which comes with a manual, the rest are all autos with the ST+ listing for $31,990 (a $1200 increase), then the ST-L for $34,000 (a $710 increase) and at the top of the range is the Ti for $38,490 ($500 more).
The ST+ has had the biggest price hike but the grade has scored the most new kit. Along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the ST+ now comes standard with rain sensing wipers and auto headlights, plus advanced safety technology such as blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.
The top-of-the-range Ti has also had a safety boost with pedestrian detection added to its AEB system.
Coming standard on all Qashqai grades is 7.0-inch screen with reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, six-speaker stereo, cruise control, push-button start, and LED running lights.
Step up to the ST+ and you’ll gain all the ST’s features plus sat nav, privacy glass, fog lights, and power-folding heated wing mirrors.
The ST-L has all of this, too, but adds leather and cloth seats, heated front seats, roof rails, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Ti unlocks more features on top of the ST-L’s, including 19-inch alloys, adaptive LED headlights, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, power adjustable driver and front passenger seat, adaptive cruise control, and leather seats.
A limited-edition N-Sport version sits between the ST-L and Ti and lists for $35,000 but there are only 600 being made.
The N Sport has all the ST-L's features and adds 19-inch alloys, body-coloured front and rear bumpers with a matt silver trim, side skirts, body-coloured wheel arches, silver mirror caps and a black headliner.
All Qashqais have the same engine – it’s a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol which makes 106kW of power and 200Nm of torque. Only the ST grade comes with the option of a manual gearbox, while all other grades have an a continuously variable automatic transmission sending drive to the front wheels.