European market Qashqai adds interior tech and new materials

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Nissan has released its new Nissan Qashqai model onto the European market and claims the vehicle’s interior sets a new segment standard for an elevated feel and enhanced usability.

“The new Nissan Qashqai is the perfect intersection of expressive design and customer expectation,” said Matthew Weaver, vice president of Nissan Design Europe. “Their needs inform our focus, and our bold statements meet their highest expectations. With this next generation model, we have elevated the Qashqai to a new level in offering a premium yet practical, luxurious yet accessible, and advanced yet usable environment that will set the standard for others to follow.”

Nissan highlights that the cabin includes new seat materials and white ambient lighting to help reinforce the feeling of interior quality, while new premium materials, smart features and fine detailing enhance the design.

“Between the design, engineering and product planning functions, we have worked harder than ever to elevate the ambience for our customers so their drive is comfortable, refined, convenient and provides a feeling of well-being,” said Marco Fioravanti, vice president of product planning at Nissan Automotive Europe. “It’s where our customers, their families and friends will be spending their time with the car and it should be an exceptional experience.”

From a technology perspective, the car features a revised infotainment system with a portfolio of connected services including integration of smartphones, in-car wi-fi for up to seven devices and NissanConnect Services, which is a dedicated app to control and monitor the vehicle.

A high-definition, fully electronic 12.3in TFT multi-information screen offers a choice of configurable layouts to display navigation, entertainment, traffic or vehicle information, controlled by a tactile dial switch on the steering wheel. The TFT’s digital background has a Japanese Kiriko cut glass motif – a nod to Nissan’s Japanese DNA.

This display is augmented by a 9in display screen showing features such as navigation, entertainment and vehicle settings. A 10.8in head-up display (HUD) also projects key navigation, driver assistance and road information onto the windshield within the driver’s line of vision.

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