Sources close to Nissan say that the brand may bring the Qashqai to North America to replace the ageing Rogue Select which first debuted in 2007.
The Qashqai was primarily designed for the European market. It rides on the Renault-Nissan modular CMF platform (the same platform that the Rogue rides on.) The Qashqai, however, is about a foot shorter than the Rogue.
The Qashqai will likely come to North America in basically the same form as it is currently being sold in Europe. There may be a few cosmetic changes though.
We don't have any confirmation on what engine will come in the Qashqai, but we do have speculation. It is speculated that the Qashqai will come to the US with a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 120 horsepower and 177 ft-lbs of torque. The diesel that is offered in Europe likely won't be coming to the US, and the manual offered in Europe also won't be making the journey across the pond.
Expect the Qashqai to show up in US dealerships in late 2015 or early 2016. The price will be around $21,500, which places it between the Juke at $20,250 and the Rogue at $23,040.