Nismo is on a bit of a rampage lately. Once consigned to the fringes, Nissan has taken its performance sub-brand into the mainstream and let it loose on a whole mess of its products. The Juke Nismo was followed by a 370Z Nismo, and in Los Angeles, we saw the GT-R Nismo, Sentra Nismo concept and Juke Nismo RS.

So what's next from Nismo? According to the latest intel from across the pond, Nissan is working on a tuned version of its new Qashqai. Car magazine is reporting that the larger crossover will get the same 1.6-liter turbo four as the Juke Nismo, but with the RS model's 212-horsepower out and not the "base" model's 197. Expect all the other bells and whistles applied to transform a Nissan model into a Nismo one to apply as well.

If the Qashqai name doesn't ring any proverbial bells for you, that's alright, because it's only sold overseas, where it's one of Nissan's most popular models. The crossover (which looks like the new Rogue but is a substantially different model) was recently completely replaced, with engine options ranging up to 150 horsepower – so the jump to over 200 should make for quite a different beast altogether. Whether a parallel or subsequent program to give the Rogue a similar treatment is another matter, but given the pace at which Nismo seems to be running, that may only be a matter of time.


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      Henry
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is better looking than the Rogue in my opinion. As a matter of fact, this is what the Roge should have been.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Henry
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      Diggz
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is what the Rouge shoulda been!! stupid Nissan!!
      sfblog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Being one of the biggest Z car fans, I think Nissan should do proper Nismo treatments focused on the performance models rather than just pumping them out on every model without any true meaning. I mention the Z because the 370z nismo is a perfect example of how they fail on execution because there is no true focus. For example, taking the stock bulky huge stock seats and making them of cloth then embroidering nismo on the back shows it's just a marketing gimmick. Nissan should be doing what Porsche does with their gt3 or RS models with more true track focused changes that are tasteful and functional. I think all the motorsport engineers are over at Mazda and the decorative marketeers are over at nissan who say, let's put red accents on things to show our performance line. C'mon Nissan the GTR is amazing, now let's trickle down the effort and make a better lineup to start with. Leave the CUV's alone.
      Greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      When will they make a Nissan Altima Nismo and Nissan Maxima Nismo?
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Greg
        I have a feeling the new gen Maxima is bound to get a version especially with it's GT-R influenced styling. Check out these renderings, would look great if they decide to: http://www.topspeed.com/cars/nissan/2016-nissan-maxima-nismo-ar160220.html
      Adrian Hosein
      • 1 Year Ago
      ohh i'm sooo glad i live in a country where i can get this :D
      Joey Franklin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I actually suggested them bringing this over as the Nismo Rogue after seeing the Qashqai. I work at a Nissan dealership and we have 14 Rogue's on the way, i think the smaller Qashqai would do well here especially with Nismo treatment. The compact crossover class is growing, might even be a good Juke replacement.
      zizixx89
      • 1 Year Ago
      Should have been the 2014 rouge that is underpowered but looks great
      Azazel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nissan is approaching the point where they are risking watering down the Nismo brand. Nismo Z and GT-R are naturally expected. The Nismo Juke? Quirky, but cool. The Nismo Sentra? I don't see why the don't just call it the SE-R. The Nismo Leaf? Much like the Juke, quirky but kinda cool. Nismo Kumquat? That's pushing it.
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Azazel
        NISMO is just a tuning shop for Nissan products, I don't see how it can water down a tuning division. Did the Neon SRT water down SRT? It's one of the most celebrated models along with the Viper, now people begging for the Dart version.
        zizixx89
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Azazel
        SE-R is kinda immature dont ya think??
          Azazel
          • 1 Year Ago
          @zizixx89
          No more immature than WRX or GTi.
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