The model will fill a hole near the bottom of the brand's crossover lineup in the U.S. (and possibly Canada) by fitting between the Juke and Rogue.
Rumours are re-emerging that the Nissan Qashqai might come to the United States (and possibly drop off in Canada along the way), and the crossover could debut as soon as the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in just a few weeks, according anonymous sources speaking to The Truth About Cars.
Now in its second generation, the Qashqai has been a massive success for Nissan in Europe.
The unnamed insiders claim that Nissan is looking for a way to satisfy the massive thirst for crossovers in the American market, and importing the existing Qashqai into the U.S. is an easy way to broaden the company's product range. The North American version would possible have a different name, though. A new moniker would make sense because many consumers in the U.S. might find Qashqai unpronounceable.
Nissan already has five crossovers in its American lineup, and they range from the little Juke to the massive Armada. At about 172 inches (4,369 millimetres) long, the Qashqai would fill a niche by being about eight inches (203 mm) longer than the Juke and around 12 inches (305 mm) shorter than the Rogue.
Now in its second generation, the Qashqai has been a massive success for Nissan in Europe. The company offers the crossover there with a 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, a naturally aspirated 1.6-litre four-cylinder, 1.5-litre diesel, and 1.6-litre diesel. One of the gasoline-fueled engines would be the most likely choice for the U.S. and Canada. Expect a continuously variable transmission as the sole gearbox choice.
Like the examples for Europe, Nissan would build the Qashqai for North America at its plant in Sunderland, England. The company recently confirmed that production would remain there after reports claimed that Brexit was potentially forcing Nissan to shift assembly elsewhere.
Rumours in 2015 suggested that Nissan was looking at bringing the Qashqai to the United States. The company reportedly planned to position it as a "smaller and more fuel-efficient" version of the Rogue.