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Coming to America? Third-generation Nissan Qashqai breaks cover

The Nissan Qashqai has been redesigned for the 2022 model year.

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The 2022 Nissan Qashqai has been revealed with Rogue-like looks and a well-appointed interior. Its new design brings it in line with the Nissan Rogue and upcoming Nissan Ariya, a natural progression for the brand.

The new 2022 Qashqai is built on the same Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance platform as the recently redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue and just-debuted 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander. The new architecture has allowed for a longer wheelbase, which increases the overall length of the car by 35 millimeters. Width has expanded by about the same and the car is now 25 millimeters taller.

Those changes meant that rear seat occupants get 28 millimeters more legroom while all occupants can enjoy and extra 15 millimeters of headroom. Additionally, forward, side, and rear visibility has been enhanced thanks to a wider windscreen, thinner pillar design, and side mirrors that are mounted on the door rather than the body.

2022 Nissan Qashqai: Exterior

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Now in its third generation, the lead design team from Nissan's European Design Studio int the U.K. set out to make the Qashqai more "muscular, sharp, and modern". Its front end has a fresh interpretation of Nissan's V-Motion grille, finished in chrome with a secondary pinstripe of satin chrome. Thin LED headlights and boomerang signature daytime running lights bring home the Qashqai-Rogue family connection.

Curiously, the Qashqai sports Nissan's old logo, though the car's rear badging is similar to the new Rogue and Pathfinder's.

Globally, Nissan will offer the Qashqai with two- or all-wheel drive thanks to its new E-Power system. The company's design team is giving the Qashqai 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels for the first time, but it's only available on all-wheel drive models. Front-wheel drive versions of the crossover get 19-inches, maximum.

The company will offer the model in 11 body colors and five two-tone combinations, a palette lineup that is similar to what is being offered on the redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder.

The 2022 Qashqai's rear doors now open to 85 degrees, allowing for easier ingress and egress, as well as the ability to comfortably move a car seat in and out, and giving parents easier access to children and packages that occupy the rear seat.


2022 Nissan Qashqai: Interior

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Nissan has given the Qashqai a 9-inch infotainment touch screen with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility. Navigation is available. Drivers can link the vehicles to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

In front of the driver is the same 12.3-inch fully-digital display that has already been seen in the Rogue and Pathfinder. The switch to control the screen is located on the steering wheel and has been given special attention for its feel to the fingers. A 10.8-inch head-up display, the biggest in the Qashqai's segment, is available and able to project navigation, driver assistance, and road information.

Owners can connect to their new Nissan via the NissanConnect Services smartphone app. Users can utilize various vehicle control functions including remote horn and lights, and door lock/unlock. Smart alerts can also be set including speed, time and zone with app notifications should the vehicle exceed the set parameters.

The car comes with front and rear USB-A and USB-C charging ports.

The Qashqai is available with a hands-free power liftgate, which, when opened, gives owners access to over 50-liters more cargo space than the previous generation. This increase can be attributed to the new architecture as well as an improved suspension, which allows the car's cargo floor to be lowered by 20 millimeters. The car's Flexible Luggage Board System has been carried over.

Nissan is equipping the model with the next generation of its ProPilot Assist hands-on driver assist and safety technology. This system is the same as in the U.S. version of the Rogue and uses navigation to help aid drivers who are using the system to predict traffic and road conditions ahead. It's only available on models with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Powertrain Information for the Qashqai, if it indeed goes on sale in the U.S., is likely forthcoming. Global models get a turbocharged 1.3-liter that's a carryover from the previous generation. That engine never made it to America, however. Instead the 2021 Rogue Sport has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder under the hood.

The U.S. got a late start with the Nissan Qashqai, known as the Rogue Sport in America. Even still, the model remains relatively popular with customers making up a significant portion of the Rogue line's total sales. The U.S. may get a late start on the new generation Qashqai as well.

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The Nissan Ariya has wind glide over it in the testing tunnel.

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Nissan is targeting a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.297 for the Ariya all-electric crossover. If it can make that number, it will be the company's most aerodynamic crossover to date. What does that mean? Let's take a closer look.

What is drag?

Simply put, drag is an aerodynamic force. It's mechanical in nature, so it is the result of the interaction of a solid body and a liquid. In the case of a car, this liquid is air. (Yes, air is a liquid.) It only occurs when one part of the equation (the solid body or the liquid) is in motion. If there is no motion, there is no drag.

Drag only occurs in the opposite direction of the object's movement. Think of a car cutting through the air as it drives down a north-south road. As the car heads north, the air it passes through is pushed south. The car is in motion; there is drag.

2022 Nissan Ariya

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What is coefficient of drag?

The coefficient of drag, also called a drag coefficient, is a number that aerodynamics professions (aerodynamicists) use to determine the shape, inclination, and flow conditions on a vehicle's drag. The shape of an object (bullet vs. square vs prism, etc.) has a large impact on the amount of drag created by airflow surrounding a vehicle. Objects with narrower front ends tend to have a lower coefficient.

Scientists and vehicle designers want to keep air moving around the car for maximum efficiency. The inclination of the airflow to either move in a smooth, connected pattern, or to be broken up with air sitting, stalling in one particular part of the vehicle, lessening airflow and making the vehicle less aerodynamic.

A vehicle's Cd is determined by plugging various measurements into an equation. Cd is equal to drag (D) divided by the quantity of density (r) multiplied by half the velocity (V) squared multiple by the reference area (A). As an equation, it looks like this: Cd = D / (A * .5 * r * V^2).

The smaller the Cd, the more aerodynamic a vehicle is.

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The Nissan Ariya employs aerodynamic wheel design, made to help it cut though the air with greater ease.

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What is the coefficient of drag of the Nissan Ariya?

"With the growing shift towards electric mobility, aerodynamic testing is becoming increasingly important. The aerodynamics of electric vehicles are directly linked to how efficiently the vehicle moves – less drag and better stability allows the customer to drive longer distances before having to recharge," said Sarwar Ahmed, Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics Engineer at Nissan Technical Centre Europe.

Nissan is targeting a 0.297 coefficient of drag for the Ariya. How will it achieve that number? By utilizing precisely shaped body lines and strategically placed air ducts, among other components. There's a bonus to better aerodynamics when it comes to EVs.

"Following official homologation of the Nissan Ariya later this year, we anticipate the range to improve compared to the 310 mile figure shared in 2020 during the World Premiere. This will give drivers more efficiency and confidence to go even further on a single charge," said Marco Fioravanti, VP Product Planning, Nissan Europe.

How does the Ariya's coefficient of drag compare to other Nissans?

The newest Nissans, the Kicks, Pathfinder, and Frontier, don't have their Cd publicly available yet, but other models have their results. The targeted 0.297 Cd in the Ariya is less than that in the 2021 Armada, Murano, and Rogue. But, it's higher than the Nissan Leaf.

The fact that it's higher than the Leaf is not surprising. Shorter cars tend to be more aerodynamic because they sit lower to the ground and have a smaller profile. That also explains why Nissan's largest and boxiest SUV, the Armada, has the highest number on the list.

How does the Ariya's coefficient of drag compare to numbers from other EVs?

The Nissan Ariya's coefficient of drag is higher than that of most other electric cars, crossovers, and SUVs sold in the U.S. Here's where the others measure up:

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The Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group offers factory-backed half-door comfort, style, and safety.
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Jeep Wrangler owners who want an open-air experience but don't want the complete doors-off look have a new from-the-factory option. Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar have worked together to create new half-doors for the iconic SUV.

The new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group features two factory engineered, tested, and backed half-door options that offer owners the option to have production-level styling, security, and occupancy protection in addition to improved visibility.

Available for both two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler models through the Mopar Custom Shop, as part of an original new-vehicle purchase in the U.S. and Canada, the new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group includes both full and half doors. Full-steel production doors are installed on the vehicle while matching body-color half doors are packaged within the vehicle.

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    With production-level materials and build quality, new half doors are designed to work when equipped with any of the following features: power mirrors, blind-spot detection, passive and non-passive entry handles, and power locks. A quick and easy swap from full doors to half doors can be accomplished within minutes using the existing hinge locations and the exact same wiring connections.

    The newly developed upper-window assemblies are designed to have a weather-tight sealant feature zippered plastic windows. Two materials are offered for the assemblies: base-model vinyl that matches the production soft-top roof or premium acrylic that matches the premium soft-top roof.

    Each upper-door frame section uses an easy, tool-free, dual-guide post feature for easy installation and removal.

    The Dual-Door Group is now available on two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler Sport, Rubicon; Sahara, Rubicon 392, and 4xe models. Factory-option pricing for the U.S.s tarts at $2,350 for the two-door's Dual-Door Group with base-model upper-window assembles while the four-door costs $3,995. Checking the box for the more premium version of the upper-window assemblies moves the price tag up to $2,550 for the two-door and $4,395 for the four-door.

    Warranty coverage for each Dual-Door Group option is included as part of the new-vehicle warranty of three years/36,000 miles.

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