Nissan pulls covers off latest Qashqai crossover

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The new Nissan Qashqai

Nissan's new Qashqai has made its public debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

The Japanese manufacturer is confident that the revised crossover will help it to regain its dominance in the crossover market, which has grown massively over the past few years and seen increasing competition from other marques.

One of the new Qashqai's key selling points is the introduction of semi-autonomous driving technology, which makes the updated SUV one of the first models on the mainstream market available with self-driving capabilities. Thanks to this added tech, the crossover will be able to steer, accelerate and brake in a single lane on highways.

The system is completely updateable and will have features such as lane changing and junction navigation added in future.

The original Qashqai, which was launched in 2007, kickstarted the crossover boom and has gone on to be one of Nissan's most successful models with 2.3 million units sold over the past 10 years.

Nissan pulls covers off latest Qashqai crossover

Nissan pulls covers off latest Qashqai crossover


That said, this success has spurred other manufacturers into joining the market, with rivals such as the Seat Ateca, Volkswagen Tiguan and Kia Sportage all vying to tip the Qashqai from its perch as Europe's number one crossover.

To keep the new model fresh, it gains a more angular exterior design as well as a revised infotainment system and steering wheel in the cabin.

Nissan's top-level Tekna+ trim will also be available for those customers seeking a more premium proposition. In this specification, the Qashqai gains larger alloy wheels, Nappa leather upholstery and "3D quilting" on the centre panels.

The latest Qashqai will be on sale from July 2017. Nissan is yet to announce prices, although they are expected to be slightly higher than those for the current model, which starts at £18,795.