It will be making its way to North America after being sold in other markets around the world for over a decade.

Nissan has announced pricing for the upcoming Qashqai crossover, confirming that the vehicle will start at below $20,000. Every model will come standard with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, heated front seats, anti-lock brakes, rear-view camera, and a really wacky name.

The Qashqai slots below the Rogue in terms of size, coming in with a wheelbase that's a full 307 millimetres (12.1-inches) shorter than its CUV sibling. It will be making its way to North America after being sold in other markets around the world for over a decade. Considering the wild popularity of compact SUVs, it's no surprise that Nissan has decided to bring an existing product to our shores.

The base Qashqai S FWD starts at $19,998, and is the only model that comes standard with a manual transmission. The Qashqai S FWD with continuously variable transmission comes next at $21,998, then the CVT-equipped AWD model in the same trim ($24,198).

2017 Nissan Qashqai
2017 Nissan Qashqai

The Qashqai SV also comes in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants ($24,598 and $26,798, respectively). The top SL comes standard with all-wheel drive, and starts at $29,498, while the Platinum Package edition is the highest-priced Qashqai, coming in at $32,198.

Optional features will include leather seating, leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, "Divide-N-Hide" cargo system, voice recognition for navigation, and Intelligent Cruise Control.

The aforementioned engine produces 141 horsepower, proving that the Qashqai isn't meant to be a race car, but exists for those owners "who want the space and versatility of a CUV, but also desire a smaller overall size for urban maneuverability like a passenger car," as said by Bert Brooks, Senior Manager, Product Planning, Nissan Canada.

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The North American version of the Qashqai was first introduced at this year's Detroit auto show (it will be known as the Rogue Sport in the U.S.).

"With compact crossovers becoming the largest volume segment in Canada, we recognized an opportunity for us to expand our already-diverse line-up even further," said Joni Paiva, president, Nissan Canada Inc. "The 2017 Nissan Qashqai perfectly bridges the gap between compact sedan and SUV by offering the benefits of both. We are thrilled to offer Canadians the fun and versatile Qashqai, featuring a range of options to suit their needs and at a highly competitive price point."

The Qashqai hits showrooms in June of this year. Stay tuned to Motor1 for future news and driving impressions on Nissan's newest utility vehicle.


Source: Nissan

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