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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 2022 Frontier gets a brand-new face and updated tech.

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After 16 years on sale in its current form, the Nissan Frontier is a familiar face on our roads. The truck, which is technically old enough to get a driver's license and drive itself, is being totally overhauled for 2022, and the new look is a big departure from the ute we've seen for so many years. Nissan announced that production has started, so we don't have much longer to wait to see it in action for ourselves.

The new truck's 3.8-liter V6 has already been in action powering the 2021 Frontier. It produces a class-leading 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque, and sends its power to either the rear or all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission.


2022 Nissan Frontier Production is underway in Mississippi.Nissan


This is the first new Frontier we've seen in over a decade, so the upgrade in technology is steep over the previous truck. The 2022 Frontier can be optioned with a surround-view camera system with off-road mode that automatically displays terrain around the truck when it's shifted into 4LO. The system displays guidelines and can help the driver navigate tough obstacles on the trail. A host of safety features will be available that includes automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane departure warnings, high beam assist, and more.

Other than its age, there was nothing particularly wrong with the previous Frontier's interior, but the new truck looks to be considerably more upscale and modern. Various trims come with interesting contrasting color schemes and the truck gets Nissan's excellent Zero Gravity seats as standard. New hydraulic cab mounts should help quell vibrations inside, and traditional hydraulic power steering will provide excellent steering feel and feedback.

Nissan is building the new frontier in its Canton, MS facility, while the truck's engine is being built at the automaker's powertrain plant in Tennessee. We'll start seeing the new model on dealers' lots sometime in late summer 2021, and you can find a first drive review of the truck right here in a few weeks.


2022 Nissan Frontier The new trucks will arrive on dealers' lots later this summer.Nissan

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The Nissan Pathfinder is just at home on the trial as it is on the road.

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One of my favorite poems is Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken". The message is about making choices and, how the road taken made all the difference. Often in life and on the road, we have to make one choice. Take one road. No turning back. I thought of this poem on my recent test drive in the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder in the hinterlands of Montana, when I could take two different roads—paved and dirt—and that made all the difference!

Nissan has redesigned and retooled its fifth-generation Pathfinder instilling greater latitude for buyers who want to travel both types of roads and expand their adventure footprint. After seven decades of off-road development, 35 years in the business of selling Pathfinders, and with more than 1.8 million sold in the U.S., this Japanese automaker has moved the needle with a ground-up revision of the previous-gen model.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is a capable off-roader.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The full-sized sport utility is available in four trims (S, SV, SL and Platinum) and two- and four-wheel drive versions; Nissan expects that nearly 60 percent of buyers will choose four-wheel drive. The Pathfinder is in a segment that has grown larger each year as more families want a vehicle for around-town, school and playdate runs and for weekend getaways with traction technology that allows travel in the backcountry and good towing capability. Direct competitors are the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Ford Explorer.

A day-long drive of approximately 150 miles on tarmac and over a variety of dirt roads and tracks provided the opportunity to assess the Pathfinder's updates. A late-spring snowstorm added slickness to all the road surfaces in the region and allowed the Pathfinder to show off its traction capabilities at both slow and higher speeds and with lane change and emergency-braking maneuvers, when towing. I concentrated my evaluation on the augmented hardware and software designed to enhance the crossover's capabilities for backcountry travel and towing.

What I found most notable over every road surface was the comfortable ride and responsive handling that come from a collection of upgrades—and, in particular, as a result of the following: the gearing on the new nine-speed transmission, with paddle shifters for personal and more precise shifting for sport driving and slowing over rough terrain; the new terrain mode system that's engineered for different driving conditions; the four-wheel drive system that moves torque more quickly to avoid wheel slip; the improved suspension system; and new tires with a larger contact patch and more aggressive tread pattern, among other changes.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Pathfinder's drive modes are designed to inspire confidence. Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The Pathfinder provided sure-footed motoring and comfort over uneven surfaces. Its 7.1 inches of ground clearance easily maneuvered over the small obstacles on the trail and hill descent control took the reigns without hesitation for steeper and longer downhills on traction-compromised surfaces.

I was also impressed with the Pathfinder's towing competence and appreciated the standard trailer sway control onboard all trims. It offered notably strong, mannered acceleration from a standing start and excellent straight-line braking without porpoising for either exercise.

The new 2022 Pathfinder brings off-road and towing attributes that are important to families who are seeking to spend time in the backcountry for days trips and longer and for overlanding in terrain that doesn't require a true off-road vehicle with a low range. It's will appeal to buyers who want don't want to have to choose only one road.

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