Nissan’s latest Qashqai majors on interior quality

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Nissan has revealed details of its newest Qashqai model and its interiors quality. “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,” said Matthew Weaver, vice president, Nissan Design Europe.

To this end, the Qashqai comes with the options such as a Nappa leather interior, with a 3D diamond-stitched quilted design, alongside functions such as massage seats. The cabin has also been revised to provide improved forward, side and rear visibility, via enhancements such as a wider windshield opening angle, thinner front pillar design and side mirrors mounted on the door instead of the a-pillar, reducing zones of obscured visibility.

A longer wheelbase combined with more efficient packaging creates more room for users. For example, knee room for rear occupants has grown by 28mm to 608mm, with more distance created between the driver and front passenger. Front and rear headroom has also increased by 15mm thanks to the small increase in exterior dimensions.

Nissan notes that improved seat height and lateral adjustment mean the car can comfortably accommodate a wider range of physiques than before, from adults of 145cm to 192cm in height. A front seat cushion tilt on the highest-grade Qashqai is also available. Furthermore, the company says the seat back and cushion shape have been improved for better lateral support, with the bolster angle also improved, and a memory seat function is now available on the top grade to store two different seat positions for both front seats.

“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 engenders a feeling of well-being. It’s where our customers, their families and friends will be spending their time with the car and it should be an exceptional experience,” noted Marco Fioravanti, vice president, product planning, Nissan Automotive Europe.

In terms of user interaction, a 9in display dash screen is both larger and higher resolution than the previous model, and is used to access navigation, entertainment and vehicle settings, and is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, with wireless Apple CarPlay also introduced.

This is complemented by a 10.8in head-up display (HUD) with key navigation, driver assistance and road information projected onto the windshield within the driver’s line of vision. In the center of the dash is a high-definition, 12.3in TFT multi-information screen which offers a choice of configurable layouts to display navigation, entertainment, traffic or vehicle information, controlled via a tactile dial switch on the steering wheel.

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