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Nissan Quashqai +2 news - Qash' converter - 2008
As if an
SUV-hatchback-five-seat-crossover-thingy wasn’t confusing enough, Nissan has
gone and stuck another couple of seats in the back of its genre-busting Qashqai
to completely scupper any chance we ever had of categorising the damn thing.
Actually, the Qashqai+2 (yes, really) is a
bit more than just a five-seater with a rear bench wedged in. It is taller and
longer than the standard Qashqai - in fact, Nissan says it is completely new
behind the A-pillars. Nissan also says the Qashqai+2 is ‘the first Family
Crossover’, but we’ll let that slide.
The Qashqai’s wheelbase has been extended
by some 14cm, while the roofline is four centimentres higher, too. So, as well
as an admittedly cramped rear bench which folds flat to the floor, that means
there’s more leg- and headroom for the rest of the passengers - no bad thing,
If you’re looking closely for differences,
you might spot the revised rear bumper, deeper rear window and squarer front
door frames. You probably won’t, though.
The engine line-up remains the same as the
five-seater - a pair of petrols and a duo of diesels - and you can still spec
your bigger Qashqai with two- or four-wheel drive.
So that’s a two-wheel, four-wheel-drive
SUV with five and seven seats? All a bit much for a Monday morning, really.