Nissan Qashqai continues where Dualis left off, and is Nissan’s small SUV in a segment that is rapidly expanding segment that includes LCVs like pickups and utes.

SUVs are up 10.9%, and LCVs 20.3% in a market that is up 4.3% on this time last year. In fact, 3 of the top 5 bet sellers were SUV/LCV vehicles, so it is vital that new models have to get it right.

Qashqai has done that, and done it well. Nissan’s range is almost exclusively SUV/LCV cars now. They’re seen the writing on the wall.

So, now confined to strictly to road duties, SUV offerings have broadened their appeal, and can even do a little light towing.

There are 3 models in the Qashqai range, ST, ST-L and N-TEC.

The refresh sees the front completely redesigned with new lights, bumpers and grille. The interior has new fabrics and some new tech. Midlife updates are common, and usually sees advancements of the previous few years included.

It is odd then, that Apple CarPlay/Android Auto was missed.

Nissan’s new MD, Mark Lester, has the job of improving sales. He will be the one to make sure the product managers cram as much as possible into every car.

We reviewed the car at its Australian launch HERE.

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