2021 Nissan Qashqai Crossover: Shaper Design and Features

The emergence of a new, third-generation Nissan Qashqai was predictable. On the one hand, the company maintains a specific time interval, thereby warming up the public for the release of restyling or a new generation. Shortly before the official premiere of the Nissan Qashqai 3, the company declassified specific details and characteristics.

The third Nissan Qashqai retained the exterior design compared to the second generation, but the front end has changed the most. The front optics of the crossover are particularly well distinguished. No more minor changes were made to the interior of the Nissan Qashqai 2021. It is worth recalling that the Nissan Qashqai crossover essentially set the style of a family crossover. Many say that it was with the compact Kashkai that the history of crossovers began for the next ten years.

The technical characteristics of the 2021 Nissan Qashqai 3 attracted the most attention. The company flatly abandoned diesel engines for the third generation. Instead, a turbocharged gasoline engine paired with a mild hybrid was placed under the hood. In total, the buyer’s choice will be presented with two modifications of the mild hybrid for 138 or 156 horses. In tandem, there can be a 6-speed manual or CVT. As for the drive, most of it will be front, but the top version will get an all-wheel drive.



Initially, many assumed that the 3rd generation Nissan Qashqai 2021 family crossover appearance would change completely. As the official presentation showed, although the car received noticeable changes in terms of the exterior, it still remained recognizable.

The basis for the Nissan Qashqai 3 was the CMF-C modular platform. This allowed the manufacturer to install modern electronic systems, various driver assistants and other safety systems. The front part of the Nissan Qashqai 2021 has changed most noticeably. The front optics have received a non-standard form and in fact, consist of two parts.

The long L-shaped part of the optics is the LED running lights, which the manufacturer has placed along the edge of the hood. The second part is considered to be the main one, lying horizontally from the grill to the front fenders. Depending on the configuration and modification of Nissan Qashqai 2021-2022, optics can be either LED or matrix. The latter received the function of adaptation and fulfilled the assigned commands with lightning speed.

The front part of the Nissan Qashqai 3 itself, although it remained recognizable, still there are changes in terms of details. The radiator grille received a mesh insert with a branded emblem in the centre. Along the contour of the radiator grille, as before, they placed a V-shaped chrome insert, but now with a black line in the middle.

The front bumper of the crossover attracts no less attention. On the sides, there were triangular recesses for air intake. The central part of the bumper was equipped with an additional insert made of black plastic. In addition to further blowing, a pair of foglights and front parking sensors were also located here.

For starters, the 2021 Nissan Qashqai’s bonnet remains. Like the front end, it complements the crossover’s wicked and sporty character. From the edging of the grille to the A-pillars, sharp curves have been added to the hood. The central part of the hood is lower. Thus, the crossover turned out to be more strict and restrained than soft and kind, as in the first generation.

The side section of the new 2022 Nissan Qashqai remains recognizable in terms of design. Yet there are also new elements. In particular, the rear pillars have got glass inserts and now look more modern. From the front fenders to the hind feet, the designers have drawn a sharp line. No less attention is attracted by the wheel arches, with embossed details and black plastic linings.

As before, the new Nissan Qashqai received a black plastic edging in a circle. As an option, the pillars and roof of the crossover can be painted black, although previously, only a solid colour was offered in one colour. By the way, the body colour of Nissan Qashqai 2022 will be offered in 11 shades:

Red;White;Gray;silver;blue;black;burgundy;snow white;grey ceramics.

Most likely, as the 2022 Nissan Qashqai goes on sale, the buyer will be offered additional shades. It is possible that the roof and pillars can also be offered in grey or white shades.

Another detail on the side of the 2021 Nissan Qashqai that has changed shape and design is the rear-view mirrors. Firstly, they were moved from the corner of the front windows to the door panel, and secondly, the shape of the mirrors has changed. The body was slightly increased in size.

The body will be painted in the same colour as the A-pillars, accordingly, in a black shade or in body colour. The functionality remains the same: electric adjustment, automatic folding, heating and LED turn signal repeaters. The basis for the new generation Nissan Qashqai was 17 ″ aluminium wheels, top-end 20 ″ wheels.

Looking at the new Nissan from the back, you will not immediately tell that this is Qashqai if you do not pay attention to the model’s inscription in the center of the tailgate. Thanks to an enlarged spoiler, the new crossover has a sportier look. An optional Nissan Qashqai design rests on the LED rear feet. As in the front, the feet were tightened on the side fenders, and the base was slightly darkened, although a small part was also located on the trunk lid.

We can say that the designers have removed all unnecessary parts from the rear of the Nissan Qashqai, leaving only the necessary. This whole set is accentuated by a rear bumper. Regardless of the configuration, it consists of two parts. One part is painted in body colour, the other part is made of black plastic. The central part of the bumper is occupied by a silver lining that imitates a diffuser.

Finally, it remains to consider the roof of the new Nissan Qashqai 2021. Everything here will depend on the configuration of the crossover. Basic options will receive a solid roof with stiffening ribs at the rear. Mid-range and top-end variants of the Nissan Qashqai will receive a panoramic sunroof or a fully panoramic roof with a sliding front.

In the standard list, the crossover roof was equipped with a pair of roof rails for attaching an additional trunk. A shark fin antenna was placed on the back of the roof. Well, the appearance of the new generation Nissan Qashqai 3 has been updated for the better. The front optics and rear feet have significantly changed the overall impression of the crossover, giving it more rigour.


In contrast to the exterior, the interior of the new 2022 Nissan Qashqai has been completely redesigned. The changes occurred both on the front panel of the crossover and on the interior itself as a whole. For comparison, the front panel of the new crossover received a display of the multimedia system in the form of a tablet and not built into the panel itself. In the new product, the multimedia display can be 9 ″ or 10.8 ″ (in the basic configuration, there will be a small monochrome display), with a noticeable change in the quality of the display for the better.

The basis for multimedia Nissan Qashqai served simultaneously Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The front panel itself received soft trim, with stitching to match the body colour or at the buyer’s choice. Also on the panel are plastic inserts with imitation of different materials, LED backlighting and chrome elements.

Nissan Qashqai 2021, climate control panel

Dropping down the centre of the dashboard, the Nissan Qashqai designers positioned a pair of rectangular air ducts and a climate control panel. By the way, the company chose to leave the classic look of the climate control device, updating only the monochrome display and the panel design itself. No-touch buttons, just mechanical controls. Many say that this is both safer and more practical at the time of movement.

The minimum changes were made to the central tunnel of Nissan Qashqai 2022. At the very beginning, in a small recess, there is a start/stop button for the engine, a 12 / 220V socket and a button for activating wireless charging. Below the charging panel itself.

The central tunnel Nissan Qashqai 3 itself will not be distinguished by a special variety. Maximum transmission lever, electromechanical handbrake button, travel mode selector and a pair of cupholders. All this ends with a small armrest with a spacious compartment inside and buttons for controlling the heated front seats. All this, although it looks modern, but also without unnecessary details for which you would have to overpay.

Nissan Qashqai 2021, front seats

Now about the interior of the new generation Nissan Qashqai. The seats, both the first and second row, have not changed much in shape. The first row received a high back with separate headrests and massive lateral support, as well as a comfortable fit.

The second row of seats is designed for three seats as standard. According to the manufacturer, there is more free space due to the “sofa” itself towards the trunk. For the upholstery of the Nissan Qashqai 2021, everything will directly depend on the configuration. The basic versions of the crossover will receive fabric upholstery, but the top version will receive a leather interior. Both fabric and leather will be available in black in colour. Optionally, dark grey for the fabric and brown for the leather interior may appear.

Nissan Qashqai 2021 digital dashboard

The last thing to consider in the Nissan Qashqai 2021 is the driver’s seat. Initially, the manufacturer claimed that all configurations, without exception, would receive a digital instrument panel. The first sales showed the opposite. The basic variants of the crossover will receive an analogue instrument panel with a 7 ″ colour display of the onboard computer.

Top modifications of the third generation Nissan Qashqai will be equipped with a digital instrument panel with a 12.3 ″ display. The steering wheel of the crossover will all be the same, both in the base and in the top version. The standard is three spokes, two of which have function buttons. The lower steering wheel spoke received a chrome V-shaped insert, similar to the one on the radiator grille.

In conclusion, the interior of the new Nissan Qashqai has become better; perhaps someone will say that it is not the most modern, but, nevertheless, it is practical. It was practicality that at one time, the first generation of Nissan Qashqai won the main position among fans of crossovers. There will still be a difference between the base and top versions. Although initially, they said that there would be practically no differences.

Specifications Nissan Qashqai 2022

The biggest change for the new 2021 Nissan Qashqai has been the specs, in particular, what’s hidden under the hood of the crossover. After the famous diesel scandal around the world, the Japanese manufacturer Nissan ditched diesel engines.

At the start of sales, at least in the first year, the new Nissan Qashqai will only be sold with a 1.3-litre turbocharged gasoline engine. Depending on the modification of the unit, the power will be 138 or 156 horses, 240 and 260 Nm of torque. But the most interesting nuance will be the mild hybrid MHEV, which was introduced into all units of the new Nissan Qashqai 2021. For configurations with a CVT, the torque will be 270 Nm.

Depending on the Nissan Qashqai 2021 engine, a 6-speed manual or a variator, referred to by the manufacturer as XTronic can work in pairs. Most of the Nissan Qashqai trim levels are front-wheel drive, and only the top version with a CVT will receive a four-wheel drive. It should not be ruled out that over time, other engine options may appear under the hood of the new crossover. For now, only a mild hybrid based on a turbocharged gasoline engine will be available.

Changes to the platform (now the crossover is built on the CMF-C platform) allowed the manufacturer to use more high-strength steel, change the floor structure, as well as install doors, hood and front fenders made of aluminium. As for the trunk lid of the Nissan Qashqai, it was made of composite material. The front suspension remains classic; McPherson struts in front, a semi-independent beam at the rear, but the all-wheel-drive version will receive a multi-link suspension at the rear.

Safety and comfort systems

Not without improvements to the comfort and safety system. Looking ahead, Depending on the configuration and modification, the list of Nissan Qashqai 2022 electronic systems will change. The list of the new crossover includes:

  • front and side airbags
  • LED or matrix front optics
  • LED hind feet
  • multimedia system
  • navigation
  • starting the engine from the button
  • keyless access
  • climate control
  • heated front seats
  • digital instrument panel
  • electromechanical handbrake
  • adaptive cruise control
  • wireless charger
  • blind spot monitoring system
  • automatic braking system
  • head-up display 10.8
  • function buttons on the steering wheel
  • LED lights;
  • gear shift paddles (for the variator)
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • autonomous parking system
  • all-round visibility system
  • audio system for 10 speakers

As the 2021 Nissan Qashqai crossover goes on sale, the manufacturer will reveal new technologies and a list of systems. One should not exclude the emergence of more modern systems, but one should not forget that they are trying to keep the car in every possible way in the middle-class segment.

Crossover complete set

If outwardly, the basic configuration of the Nissan Qashqai 2021 differs minimally from the maximum version of the crossover, then inside the differences are more noticeable. So in the list of basic Nissan Qashqai 2021 is listed:

  • climate control
  • Cruise control
  • analog instrument panel with 7 ″ color display
  • front airbags and curtains
  • projection display
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • emergency braking system
  • lane keeping system
  • 17 ″ aluminum rims.

Having considered the new Nissan Qashqai 2021, the crossover will be no less popular than its predecessors. Modern, stylish design, updated interior and mild hybrid. The manufacturer tried in every possible way to collect all the best from the previous generations and dilute a little with modern technologies. Nissan did it the official appearance of the new crossover in various countries is expected towards the end of the summer of 2021.

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