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Posted 09 August 2008 - 05:36 PM

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The "Beast" is out - Crossover SUV

The QASHQAI (pronounced Cash Kai), is named after a desert-dwelling tribe who live near the Zagros mountains, in South Western Iran. However obscure the origin of the name, Nissan’s new crossover is bound to become known as the ‘Cash Cow’ - if it hasn’t already. It will cater for those car buyers who want a more dynamic design but are not attracted to the large, aggressive nature of a sport utility vehicle. It will fall between compact MPVs, such as the Renault Scénic, and compact SUVs like the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage and Mitsubishi Outlander.

Price
From Tan Chong Motors as of 9 Aug 08
Qashqai 2.0 CVT $83,500
Qashqai 2.0 CVT Premium $88,000

From From MCF as of 9 Aug 08
Qashqai 2.0 CVT $79,000
Qashqai 2.0 CVT Premium $83,500

Difference between Standard vs Premium

- Leather wrapped steering wheel
- Fixed panoramic glass roof with electric powered shade
- Silver colored inside door grip
- Rear center armrest with cup holders
- Front center armrest with sliding function
- Leather upholstery
- Xenon headlamps with auto levelizer
- Auto headlamp
- Automatic dual zone air conditioning system

Exterior (Front)


Exterior (Rear)


Interior


Interior with panoramic glass roof

Edited by Wintersonata, 09 August 2008 - 05:54 PM.


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Posted 09 August 2008 - 05:39 PM

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It's going to be officially launched on 14th Aug 2008, although it's already available via PI. Didn't manage to see any on the roads yet.
http://www.sgcarmart...le.php?AID=1308

Based on the Premium pricing, it's very close to CRV and RAV4 and its way more expensive than Grand Vitara, Forester, etc.

Anyone care to comment on it?

Got a comment from Paikia_rav http://www.mycarforum.com/forum/gforum.cgi...ashqai;#2455109

Saw the Dualis. Exterior is so-so. The PI's version comes with panoramic glass roof.... very impressive! Until i saw the dashboard. Damn it looks so ugly and the console looks so out-of-date. Left the PI without asking the price.


Edited by Wintersonata, 09 August 2008 - 05:50 PM.


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Posted 09 August 2008 - 05:44 PM

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looks swee. as long as competivie priced ag CRV that be big welcome.

Hopefully car thieve dont target this model laugh.gif
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Posted 09 August 2008 - 07:03 PM

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loks Okay, but still prefer the murano if we are talking about nissan

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 07:06 PM

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Around the same pricing range,

Hyundai Tuscon 2.0 GLS A:$62,399
Hyundai SANTA FE 2.7 V6 4WD GLS A:$77,999 (SUNROOF EDITION:$79,999)

Honda Crossroad 1.8 Smart Edition-$80,800
Honda CRV 2.0 SUV 4WD i-VTEC $87,000
Honda CRV 2.4 4WD w/ sunroof (A)-$96,700

Toyota RAV4 2.4X 2WD-$77,888
Toyota RAV4 DELUXE 2.4A: $98,188

MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER 2.4 MIVEC 7 SEATER M:$96,988
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER 2.4 MIVEC 7 SEATER G:106,988

Daihatsu Terios Big wheels 4WD M $64,800

KIA Sportage 2.0EX A (Sports) $60,999

Nissan Murano 2.5 2WD 4A/T $100,500

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 08:40 PM

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Test drove the Nissan Qashqai this morning: Engine noise was almost non-existent and pickup was thumbsup.gif Managed to take it on a short portion of PIE and the cruising was excellent. Rear seats space is a little small for the size of the car but still okay. Even using the manual option, the engine noise was minimal even when the RPM hit 3.5k. Quite tempted to get this car inlove.gif

Honda CRV: Test drove the 2.0 version, not really used to the change of gear of the AT, space is good and bigger than the Qashqai. Road noise more noticeable than the Qashqai though

Subaru Forester: Good value for the price. Engine noise more significant than Honda CRV. Pick-up quite good when using the Sports mode.

Just my personal comments: hopefully it doesn't offend anybody

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 09:22 PM

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looks nice,any ideas FWD OR 4WD?

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 09:32 PM

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Hey man, no worries, it's for comparison sake only... Wow, you managed to test-drove it... Can't find it in Nissan showroom yet...

Do you have the actual pricing for the Nissan Qashqai? Although it's listed as $83,500 for Premium, but it's not nett... There is still a $4,000 for COE minimum and i think there is also another $2k discount from Tan Chong Motors...

Given the close pricing between CRV 2.0 (no sunroof) and Qashqai Premium (with sunroof), which one would you choose? Since you have actually test drove both of them...

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 09:37 PM

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It's FWD only... It's not a full 4WD SUV... That's why it has better fuel economy... on paper 14.2km/l... i think in SG traffic, should be about 10-11km/l... There is an existing owner over SGcarforum... You can check out his feedback http://www.singapore...p?t=2577&page=5

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 10:16 PM

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It's not in the showrooms but it's already at Bukit Timah Tan Chong... It's only available for test-drive for those invited for the pre-launch booking pple.

The pre-launch price was:
Nissan Qashqai basic: $78,500 with the Insurance, Finance, return customer and prelaunch discount included
Premium: $83,000 with the Insurance, Finance, return customer and prelaunch discount included

Personally, I'll go with the Qashqai as I'm not used to the AT engine and AWD for the CRV... Fuel consumption should be poorer than the Qashqai. However, if space is a concern then CRV will be a better choice. Test-driving the car will give you a better idea.

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 11:12 PM

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Personally I would prefer Nissan as the interior of the car are very well-done and better than other makes.

Just take their Sylphy or Latio for example. thumbsup.gif

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 11:14 PM

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though more expensive...but the Tiguan should be better laugh.gif

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 11:23 PM

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Tiguan is more fun to drive and you can actually take it slightly off road.

Qashqai is more of a city car (2WD version sold here) and it's certainly got a more refined edge to it.

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 11:41 PM

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I guess totally different market segment... I would say Qashqai is not really SUV... but more hatchback with SUV height profile and better fuel efficiency (due to FWD only for city driving)... Haven't seen VW Tiguan yet... When would it be due for release? 4WD?

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 11:45 PM

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Must wait for a Honda equivalent. Never found nissan cars to be beautiful except for 350Z

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 12:34 AM

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My colleague is driving a Dualis. Just delivered in about a month. He said he got about 10-11km/L ... but i think it will improve once engine is run in.

This 2.0 engine runs on RON91 minimum... so, can pump RON92 and save $$$.

Also, if you have the specs of this car (exterior dimension), compare it against VW Golf and Ford Focus hatchback... you'll realize it is very very similar to these 2 except it's taller. So, interior space wise, do not expect it to be in CRV class.
However, driving dynamics will be also more similar to Golf/Focus/Hyundai i30/Peu 308/C4 class than CRV/RAV4 type.

Another good selling point of this car is, its Euro NCAP crash test rating is very very good. In fact if you go into details of the score (beyond the 5 star rating), you'll find that it scored very high in adult occupant (front & side) and child occupant test. Better than even Citroen C4, C5 and C6 (which were class leading in individual NCAP points), and even better than BMW 3 series, Audi's new A4 and Merc C class. In short, Qashqai is a very very safe car .... even compared against contis.

i personally think this car has no rival at the moment and is in a class of its own.

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 02:31 AM

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Hey man, no worries, it's for comparison sake only... Wow, you managed to test-drove it... Can't find it in Nissan showroom yet...

Do you have the actual pricing for the Nissan Qashqai? Although it's listed as $83,500 for Premium, but it's not nett... There is still a $4,000 for COE minimum and i think there is also another $2k discount from Tan Chong Motors...

Given the close pricing between CRV 2.0 (no sunroof) and Qashqai Premium (with sunroof), which one would you choose? Since you have actually test drove both of them...


Available for test-drive but only by appt. Doesnt anybody remember me when it comes to Nissan cars? laugh.gif

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 02:31 AM

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Personally I would prefer Nissan as the interior of the car are very well-done and better than other makes.

Just take their Sylphy or Latio for example. thumbsup.gif


Made-in-Japan mah! wink.gif

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 01:36 PM

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Of course remember you... check out the first post... it's linked to your price-list... Haha... pricing-wise it's quite close to Honda CRV... a very hard choice indeed...

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 01:37 PM

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That should be Honda Crossroad right? It's also sold as crossover SUV... But of course, design wise is very specific to individual... haha...


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