Unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the 2017 Nissan Qashqai will be offered starting at $ 19,998 when it hits the market this June. The Qashqai, which will be aimed squarely at the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Toyota C-HR, Fiat 500x and Jeep Renegade in the red hot subcompact SUV segment, already has the advantage of being the most affordable model in the segment if we ignore automaker discounts.
Powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine developing 141 horsepower and 147 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2017 Qashqai will come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) will require an additional $ 2,000 while an all-wheel drive Qashqai is available starting at $ 24,198.
The list of standard equipment is similar to the other models in the segment and includes a rearview camera, heated seats, a Bluetooth system, and an infotainment system housed in a 5.0-inch touch screen.
Keyless entry with push button start, Divide-N-Hide storage system, heated steering wheel, sunroof, dual zone climate control, satellite radio and 17-inch wheels are available in the SV model starting at $ 24,598 with FWD and $ 26,798 with all-wheel drive.
It’s curious that the all-wheel drive system is more expensive in the SV model than in the entry-level S model, but we can forgive Nissan since this variant is particularly well equipped for the price.
Next comes the SL model that adds leather seats and a navigation system built into a 7-inch touch screen, all for $ 29,498. An option group called Platinum is available for an additional $ 2,700.
No doubt, the 2017 Nissan Qashqai is on point in terms of pricing in its segment. Its 648 liters of cargo space also match up well. It’s a little less than the Honda HR-V, but more than the CX-3, the Toyota C-HR, the 500x and the Jeep Renegade.
In short, the new Qashqai is very promising on paper. All that’s left is to drive it, something we will be doing this week in Nashville, Tennessee.