While it’s kind of always been here in the (albeit, slightly larger) shape of the Nissan Rogue, the Japanese manufacturer has decided to bring its Qashai small crossover to North America, anyway.
It’s not completely by choice, however; since sales of the Rogue have been increasing annually since the latest generation debuted in 2014, Nissan has decided to supplement production by 100,000 units annually.
In order to do so, Nissan will have to make use of its Kyushu, Japan fabrication because the Smyrna, GA plant won’t be able to keep up with demand.
The raising sales figures inspired Nissan to offer a bigger variety of the Rogue, highlighted by a hybrid version in 2016. The smaller Qashai will also be arriving into the United States.
The European-market Qashai gets a 1.4-litre four-cylinder motor to help it hustle along, but we have yet to see a confirmation of which order the US will see. Our guess? The 1.6L turbo motor currently found in the Juke could be just the ticket.
There has been no confirmation for Canadian markets, but considering just how popular small crossovers are in Canada, it stands to reason we’ll be seeing the Qashai here soon enough.