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Nissan releases a slick new limited-edition Qashqai urban crossover model

By Paul Connolly

It practically invented a whole new sub-genre, selling millions in the process.

But as the Nissan Qashqai comes under increasing threat from competent new crossovers by rivals like Renault, Peugeot and Seat – to name but a few – Nissan continues to re-invent its big-selling compact SUV.

This week saw the release of the Qashqai N-Motion, a slick new iteration of the car featuring a raft of extra equipment and a new optional DCT auto gearbox for its diesel powerplant.

The Qashqai has become so successful it’s almost ubiquitous. Walk down almost any street, or drive any road, in Northern Ireland and you’ll see one.

Despite being launched in 2006, it’s still only in its second generation (from 2013 onwards) with a mid-life refresh in 2017. All of which means a third gen can’t be too far away – so you have been warned.

(By the way, the name Qashqai apparently comes from peoples living in the mountainous south west of Iran.)

So what’s new about the N-Motion? Well there’s a host of additional equipment and an optional DCT automatic seven-speed gearbox for the 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine.

And the price is pretty much what you’d paid for a similar model without the enhanced equipment.

On the down side, only 2,000 models of the N-Motion will go on sale in the UK, so you’d better get your skates on if you fancy one.

Based on the mid-range N-Connecta grade, the limited-production N-Motion features a suite of external and internal spec upgrades to boost its appeal.

Externally these include silver bumper plates front and rear, matching door mirror caps and roof rails, plus LED headlamps with adaptive front lighting. The contemporary new look is finished with unique 19-inch ‘Ibiscus’ alloys.

The Qashqai N-Motion’s cabin receives a premium makeover courtesy of the redesigned front seats, featuring exclusive burnt orange inserts on the bolsters, with matching stitching across the whole seat.

Nissan’s designers have added complementary stitching to the knee pads (centre console inserts for knees to rest against), on either side of the gear selector surround, as well as on the front door trim and top of the storage area between the front seats.

Integrated as standard is the new NissanConnect, the latest version of the company’s in-car infotainment system designed to electronically integrate driver and car.

Features include voice recognition, single line search, Find My Car and Over The Air map and software updates. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

Nissan says the N-Motion offers great value for money because, when combined with the free Gun Metallic paint option (normally £575), the new features equate to £1,205 of extra specification for just a £300 on the road price increase over a standard N-Connecta with Glass Roof Pack (£25,045 OTR).

The model is available with all Qashqai powertrains except those with 4WD.

The new Nissan Qashqai N-Motion limited edition is on sale now from £25,345.

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