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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 QX60 is all-new for 2022.

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Infiniti has released detailed specs and features for its all-new QX60 SUV. The upscale family hauler will land later this year with a reasonable starting price, updated tech, a nicely appointed cabin, and plenty more. The automaker offers its new SUV in four trims, each of which is available with all-wheel drive: Pure, Luxe, Sensory, and Autograph.

The QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available, and all models get a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Infiniti says that the gearbox has a low first gear that helps deliver better acceleration and power off the line, and taller upper gears for smoother cruising on the highway. The revised all-wheel drive system is more responsive and engages more quickly than the system in the previous model.


2022 Infiniti QX60 The QX60 gets leather and several luxury features as standard kit. Infiniti


An upgraded interior is in the cards for the new QX60, as all models now get leather, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel as standard equipment. Front passengers' backsides are treated to Infiniti's excellent zero-gravity seats and a stiffer second-row seat frame reduces vibration and noise in the cabin. Infiniti says that the cabin itself has more sound-deadening materials and thicker glass in the second row, which together yield a 7 percent improvement in noise on the highway.


2022 Infiniti QX60 A digital gauge cluster comes on all but the base model.Infiniti


A 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Six USB ports, nine speakers, HD Radio Bluetooth, voice commands, and SiriusXM radio are also standard. All but the base Pure trim level come with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and the top Autograph model gets a 10.8-inch full-color head-up display and a smart rearview mirror.

The new QX60 goes on sale this fall in the U.S. and Canada. Pricing starts at $47,875 for the base Pure model and tops out at $64,275 for the top Autograph AWD trim.

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Initial quality study

Nissan Maxima earns top spot in J.D. Power study

The Maxima earned the best model score in J.D. Power's 2021 quality study.

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J.D. Power has released the results of its 2021 Initial Quality Study (IQS), and found that the Nissan Maxima achieved the highest score of any single model. The car earned a score of just 85 problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) and Nissan performed well overall in the study. The Maxima entered its sixth generation in 2016 and has remained on sale relatively unchanged since, though Nissan has updated the car with new tech and safety equipment over the years.

Nissan's scores landed it at fourth among mass market brands. The Altima, Maxima, and Murano took the top spots in their respective segments as well. The automaker also took home a top score for its Smyrna Assembly facility in Tennessee, which houses production for the Murano SUV. The six-million square-foot plant earned a gold award for producing vehicles with the fewest defects in the Americas.


2021 Nissan Maxima Infotainment was cited a a major problem area for new car owners.Nissan


Nissan's results are impressive, but Ram has an even bigger reason to celebrate. With a score of 128 PP100, the automaker was the highest-ranking brand in overall quality for the first time ever. Sister company Dodge earned the number-two spot with 139 PP100. Lexus tied with Mitsubishi at number three with a score of 144 PP100, which also made Lexus the highest-ranking premium brand.

J.D. Power surveyed over 110,000 purchasers and lessees of new vehicles for the 2021 study. Owners were asked 223 questions across nine categories on vehicle features, infotainment, seats, and others. On average, scores for the industry as a whole improve by about 3 percent each year, but progress slowed in 2021 to 2 percent. J.D. Power says that infotainment issues were the primary cause of slowing quality improvement levels.


2021 Nissan Maxima Three other Nissan models scored well in the study.Nissan

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