Until now smart Nissan Qashqai SUV has not hit the U.S. market, despite been a top-seller in Nissan’s listings around the world since 2006. However latest news suggest the Japanese car maker could launch this model to the U.S. to slot in between the midsize Rogue and the smaller Juke
Reports said that the Qashqai will be displayed in the Detroit auto show later in January to prop up Nissan’s offerings amid strong request for SUVs.
Nissan Qashqai is a slightly smaller version of the Rogue and has been quite popular in Europe.
If launched the SUV will set to compete with the Honda HR-V, Hyundai Tucson and Ford EcoSport while presenting Nissan SUV shoppers an extra alternative. It’s made in the U.K. for the regional market, which could make certifying it for the U.S. a relatively easy plan.
Meanwhile potential addition of the Qashqai to Nissan’s U.S. roster marks a quick answer to a market rapidly flowing to SUVs following the economic recovery of the mid-2010s; some auto makers have been criticized for a slow response to shifting trends after years of planning for smaller and economical cars. The success of the Rogue, which shares a platform with the Qashqai, has not been lost on Nissan.
However it is still a mystery what type of engines will be offered in the Qashqai in the U.S., if the model is announced here in late 2017. In European models, it is available with a choice of petrol and diesel power plants ranging in displacement from 1.2 to 2 liters, combined with a CVT or a six-speed manual transmission. A 2.0-liter inline-four connected to a CVT would be an obvious choice for the U.S. market.