SUVs are now very popular in the U.S. In fact, Nissan might get a model from its European lineup to compete with U.S. vehicles. Nissan is now preparing to launch its Qashqai crossover to take on with the Honda HR-V, also the upcoming Ford Eco Sport and the Toyota C-HR.
According to The Truth About Cars, Nissan Qashqai will be making its U.S. debut next week and will be held at the 2017 Detroit Auto. Qashqai was first launched in 2007 and now is known to be the bestselling European model for Nissan. But the question is, will Nissan be able to repeat its success again into the American lands?
Meanwhile, Nissan's best-selling car in the in the U.S. in 2016 was the Rogue surpassing both Altima and Sentra sedans for the very first time. With Qashqai being the most famous model in Europe, it might eliminate the Rogue sales when it arrives. Nissan would prefer sacrificing its Rogue rather than losing customers.
The Qashqai looks like a conventional SUV. In fact, Qashqai is very similar when it comes to looks with the Rogue model. The Qashqai's wheelbase is 2.3 inches which are shorter than the Rogue model, while its length is at 172 inches which undercuts the Rogue around 10 inches.
In addition, Qashqai is being sold in Europe with a mix of gasoline and equipped with diesel four-cylinder engines. But for the United States, customers will only have gasoline options and variable transmission. Qashqai cars are built at Nissan's Sunderland, U.K. plant. But there are still no reports if Nissan would import it or built its own factory in the U.S.
Nissan may need to build its own U.S. base plant if SUVs popularity will still continue for them to keep up. The company also has not yet announced Qashqai's release date, but expect it to appear around next year as a 2018 model.