Just when you thought Qashqai was about a weird a name as a car could get comes some spy shots of the Nissan Qazana. Mmmm... yeah, you're right. Qashqai is still weirder. However, the Qazana, which we first saw in Geneva, is weirder looking than the Qashqai. Or practically anything else, for that matter. But it's not bad-weird, just weird-weird. That said, sticking with the maxim that all SUVs (and cars that look like SUVs) want to either be WW2 Jeeps or lunar rovers, the Qazana isn't that odd.
2010 Nissan Qashqai - click above for high-res image gallery
The Nissan Qashqai compact crossover is set for an update in 2010 and it may get a new through-the-road hybrid system. The Qashqa, built at Nissan's UK plant and sold in European markets, currently uses a conventional all wheel drive system driven by a take-off from the front transaxle.
The Qashqai is a European-designed, Japan- and Euro-market crossover. We didn't drive the gasoline version, but the diesel is doable, if a little slow off the line, and the steering is pretty crisp for a CUV. The Qashqai +2 adds a third row... but there really isn't a lot of room back there, only suitable for new additions to the family. In a theme among all of the Nissan vehicles we drove today, the interior is quite pleasant. As ever, the Euros get mid-range vehicles with some really nice fit
Nissan's Sunderland, UK plant has kicked off production of the Nissan Qashqai 2.0 dCi. The Qashqai is the automaker's new, British-built sporty crossover, which will be sold in Europe and other markets outside the United States. With production of the diesel-powered version now underway, Nissan expects the dCi to account for around a quarter of total sales, and it's sure to be a regular sight on European roads.