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2017 Nissan Qashqai showing now at the Toronto Auto Show

2017 Nissan Qashqai showing now at the Toronto Auto Show

The 2017 Nissan Qashqai is currently on display at the Toronto Auto Show and seems to be very popular indeed. I mentioned the new Nissan crossover before as it’s a new model that will be arriving in Canada soon. The Americans know it as the Rogue Sport but it appears in other territories as the Qashqai.

Apparently, the Qashqai are a nomadic tribe from southwest Iran. Nissan chose the name as they envision the target market as ‘urban nomads’. Those who live in the city but love to escape to the wilderness whenever they can.

The 2017 Nissan Qashqai is a great looking vehicle if you like the Nissan Vmotion design language. I do and this, along with the new Rogue and Murano, are some of the best looking crossovers to come out of Japan in a long time.

All of them just flow. From the very front right back to the tailpipes. I don’t usually buy into all that designer-speak but this is an exception.

2017 Nissan Qashqai
The 2017 Nissan Qashqai debuted in Detroit earlier this month and it went down well. It is now displaying in Toronto and is doing the same in Canada. Designed to sit between the Nissan Juke and the Rogue, this midsize crossover takes all the good things from its siblings and builds on them.

It is a five passenger crossover that will take on the Mazda CX-3 or Subaru Forester so it has to be good. Just as well it is. The Qashqai has been in production for a decade in Europe and is a very popular car. It may have modest dimensions but it does a lot with what it has.

The 2.0-litre four cylinder engine is very efficient and yet can deliver 141 hp. Combined with Nissan’s pretty good CVT transmission or a six speed manual, this is definitely a crossover to watch.

The interior is nicely done with lots of passenger room in all rows, a nice driving position with good visibility and solid, dependable feeling controls. The dashboard layout is comfortable and the cabin as a whole is nicely designed with storage everywhere and lots of little practical touches.

The 2017 Nissan Qashqai is coming to Canada this spring. We expect a demonstrator to arrive at Collins Nissan at some point within the next few weeks. If you’re intrigued by this newcomer, visit Collins Nissan, 155 Scott Street, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2N 1H3 and schedule a test drive.

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