Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

New Appeal in Name Change; Grant Edwards Joins the National Launch of the New Compact Crossover

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

New Appeal in Name Change; Grant Edwards Joins the National Launch of the New Compact Crossover

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VITAL STATISTICS

Model: Nissan Qashqai.

Details: Five-door front-wheel drive compact sports utility vehicle.

Engines: 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol generating maximum power of 106kW @ 6000rpm and peak torque of 200Nm @ 4400rpm; 1.6-litre turbo diesel 96kW @ 4000rpm and 320Nm @ 1750rpm.

Transmissions: Six-speed manual (petrol only) or continuously variable automatic.

Consumption: Petrol - 7.7 litres/100km (m), 6.9 (a). Diesel - 4.9L/100km.

CO2: 178g/km, 159g/km, 129g/km.

Bottom line: Petrol - ST 2.0L (m) $25,850, ST 2.0L (a) $28,490, Ti 2.0L (m) $32,490, Ti 2.0L (a) $34,990. Diesel - TS 1.6L (a) $33,200, TL 1.6L (a) $37,990.

COMBINE Johnny Cash and Ky Hurst both in name and nature.

Nissan's new Qashqai (pronounced Cash-Ky) replaces the Dualis, ready to rock the compact SUV genre with more athletic appeal.

It's another marketing challenge for the Japanese brand Down Under.

The Dualis has been popular here, but more rigid company policy means this new variant keeps the global Qashqai name. Nissan recently switched back to the Pulsar nameplate after disappointing results with the Tiida - although signs are most positive this time around.

"If ever there is a car that can carry off the name change, this is the car," Nissan Australia managing director and CEO Richard Emery said.

"It's very different to the Dualis. Once you have heard the name once, you get it, and we are confident this was the right time to make the change."

Only available in front-wheel drive and five seats with the "plus two" variant deleted, it comes with either a petrol or diesel powerplant, each with two trim levels. Prices start from $25,850 (down $140 on the Dualis) and are book-ended by $37,990 for the top-shelf diesel.

Comfort

All variants have cabin materials that are nice to touch, with cloth or leather trim on the door arm rests.

Flowing lines deliver a cohesive feel with a primarily black colour scheme.

Using the various functions is straight-forward, with the driver's 12.7cm display featuring a range of menus that are easy to flick through. Changing things like the steering feel from "normal" to "sport" can take some initial analysis, but once found, the operations are pretty simple.

Telescopic steering wheel adjustment provides the driver with easy access, and those up front have ample space. Rear-seat accommodation is more confined, although two adults can fit.

The back pew is extremely flat, with little contouring, and could do with some extra bolstering.

On the road

Less than 5% of Dualis sales were all-wheel drive, so the Qashqai sends power only to the front.

There is a choice from four-cylinder petrol or diesel engines, with the oil-burner mated exclusively to an automatic transmission.

We sampled both the entry-level manual petrol and the top-spec diesel, and could live with either. …

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