Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Qashqai Grows with Success; Motoring World

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Qashqai Grows with Success; Motoring World

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Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON

THE Nissan Qashqai is one of Britain's great automotive success stories - and it's about to get bigger.

The Sunderland-built crossover model - which combines hatchback convenience with SUV practicality - has sold like hot cakes since its launch in March 2007.

In those 18 months more than 250,000 Qashqais have been built and most for, earning millions of pounds for the British economy.

It's also secured jobs for almost 4,000 in the North-east who are now working around the clock as a new seven-seat version of the Qashqai goes on sale.

The Qashqai+2 is bigger all round than the standard model and provides additional flexibility akin to that of the Vauxhall Zafira or Ford's award-winning S-Max.

Priced from pounds 17,199 to pounds 23,799 the Qashqai+2 is very much at the top end of the scale in the model range - and not the cheapest on the market.

Its advantage is four-wheel drive which is available throughout the three model range badged Visia, Acenta and Tekna.

As with the standard five-seater, front-wheel drive versions are also on sale and are the cheaper option.

Initially only two engines will be available, both two-litre and either petrol or diesel.

Smaller 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5 diesels will come on stream in January next year.

The two-litre diesel packs 148bhp and is available either with a six speed manual or auto box. The 138bhp petrol version is manual or CVT.

In terms of performance the petrol option is the better bet. It's livelier to drive and will almost match the diesel automatic in terms of economy at around low to mid-30s mpg.

The manual diesel will eke around 40mpg with emissions of 188g/km but the others all hover around the 200g/km mark - which means high tax.

At a glance the bigger Qashqai+2 looks little different to the mainstream model but it's stretched by some eight inches. …

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