For the very first time, Nissan’s facelifted 2017 Qashqai was spotted testing in Spain. What we’re seeing is a pre-production mule in what may be the model’s range-topping trim.
What gave it away as Nissan’s Audi Q3 rival is the set of distinctive wheels. Even thought the mule’s rims are camouflaged we can still see its resemblance to the 19-inch Tekna-inspired wheels that were on the Qashqai premium concept shown at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Autocar is expecting to see a Tekna+ badge to go with those wheels.
Aside from a set of swanky wheels, the facelifted Qashqai will be equipped Nissan’s ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology. Already featured in the Serena, ProPilot was designed for single lane highway use and it will control the vehicle’s accelerator, brakes and steering to match real time traffic. According to Nissan, the brand is set to launch an updated ProPilot that will “enable automatic lane changes on highways”.
But we probably won’t see this in the new Qashqai and it’ll likely appear in Japanese models first. When it finally does make its way into the Qashqai, the feature will probably be an option in the higher trims only as those models will be equipped with the needed front camera.
We can expect to see it debut at the upcoming 2017 Geneva motor show.