Nissan Qashqai 2014: Dynamic test 1.2 DIG-T and 1.5 dCi
Without having yet driven the engine, and we have told many things about the new Nissan Qashqai, and have given accounts of this evolution - not revolution - that will make the Qashqai has plenty of scope to among the best sellers in Europe and the leader its category. By active and passive Nissan intended to highlight its dynamic product, have gone beyond the performance and fuel to achieve optimal tuning of a car in the city and highway presuppose as their natural habitat.
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He Nissan Qashqai 2014 It has improved its diesel engines and released a new turbocharged petrol. Therefore, we will discuss efficiency, performance and ride quality.
Nor do we forget a new chassis, a torque vector control Chassis Control called two settings for the address (Normal and Sport) and what is not and probably will make the difference in an SUV, or crossover, its aerodynamics.
The dynamic evolution of the new Nissan Qashqai 2014
Small changes to the chassis that ultimately make the difference. Agility and ride quality of this Qashqai has greatly improved over its predecessor.
Achieving touch and agility of a compact SUV, is not easy, but we have seen the arrival of increasingly agile on-road models. The success of the Qashqai does nothing to confirm that the buyer of a compact or sedan, old now choose a crossover, and the fierce competition in this category its demand increases and want your brand new SUV resembles compact he sent scrapped with PIVE Plan.
Although the difference is very small, a couple of centimeters, the new Nissan Qashqai has widened its tracks and lengthened his battle. They have installed new dual-piston dampers, looking for that balance of not bounce too complicated road and absorb obstacles in off road tracks. In the rear retains its torsion bar and, by operation of the transmission, only used multi-link independent wheel drive models. The two models we tested had torsion bar.
We have not yet had the opportunity to try backcountry, but this turned me Qashqai 17 extremely comfortable " (N-TEC 1.5 dCi 110 hp), with little roll and pitch well and absorbing barriers, smooth or excessive rebound. With rim 19 " (TEKNA 1.2 DIG-T 115 hp) I was not so comfortable to be a little harder with those inevitable uneven surface and to increase the loudness of the tire tread riding, which is what you expect in a GTI, but not in a Qashqai a Dunlop Sport Maxx RT. In any case, even these handicaps were acceptable and I equip a tire with a sporty as this approach does nothing to reflect the interest of the dynamics Nissan Qashqai road.
Manual six relationships or new XTRONIC with the 1.6 dCi 130 hp
Nissan has improved continuously variable transmission to provide a touch and a management that is closest to the concept of a dual clutch transmission.
We tested two versions of Qashqai, both six-speed manual transmission and even the touch of the lever is too soft, there is nothing we can reproach this box or touch the clutch. The task of testing the new XTRONIC we'll leave for later. It is the only "automatic" change and only be available with the 1.6 dCi 130 hp 4 × 2.
XTRONIC technology is based on a continuous drive new bill, thanks to certain adjustments electronics receives seven false marches prefixed to offer a sportier feel and a small jump between and reverse (Nissan says it's still as fast or faster than a dual-clutch) and spare us the disgust that the rotational speed is constant maximizes acceleration, causing a deafening noise and constant until lighten the pressure on the accelerator.
I like the idea and if the XTRONIC delivers what it promises, it would be the first CVT that comes to surprise very pleasantly (see presentation Lineartronic Subaru Outback Boxer Diesel).
New power steering and Normal and Sport modes
Sport mode only increases the hardness of direction. Beyond the placebo effect, it may be useful to keep track firmly on motorways and crosswind gusts.
Nissan has also developed a new power steering system with a reduction in the final compression ratio and the search for a more direct feel, that after testing is indisputable that have accomplished. It has also been modified the advance angle of the front McPherson columns.
From the car configuration panel we can select two steering modes, Normal and Sport. Touch in Normal mode is correct and hardens quite Sport, which no longer a placebo effect and its name Sport an understatement, since except for its hardness, the address does not change its gear ratio. But in any case it proved to me useful to maintain the trajectory effectively in railcars or for example crosswind, though navigating the menu control panel to switch modes may be too farfetched.
Chassis Control: electronics to enhance comfort
The Chassis Control is an advanced stability control system that includes vector torque to compensate for understeer and swings in elevation changes.
Another factor that influences the good feeling in general, and agility we have seen in this new Nissan Qashqai, has been the incorporation system serial Chassis Control, Available as standard on all Qashqai 4 × 2 and 4 × 4. Basically a torque vector control not only takes care to compensate for the loss of traction of a wheel braking its opposite, but also to compensate the swing on a bumpy road or even cabeceos that occur when braking and accelerating or a continuous road elevation changes, applying a subtle controlled braking - the theory that the driver should not notice - to compensate for inertia.
The Chassis Control can be enabled and disabled from the dashboard menu. Moment and after this first contact honestly tell you cost me take the differences between on and off.
The XTRONIC goes a little bit further and further added engine braking during braking, forgive the redundancy. Having preset speed we can use to increase or decrease retention, for example pending or descending ports.
We tested the 1.2 DIG-T and 1.5 dCi: diesel or gasoline?
For a versatile like this Nissan Qashqai, the 1,600 euros that separate a gasoline diesel can be amortized by far over the years that happen in our garage.
Nissan has a big step leaving the atmospheric 1.6 liter engine and replacing the 1.2 DIG-T 115 hp, which essentially it is the same as used Renault (Clio, Captur) and Dacia (Duster). Despite its small displacement, I found it very acceptable for a car the size of the Qashqai. He's lazy, because it is not too powerful, but its thrust from below (above 2,000 rpm) is correct thanks to the turbo and more progressive, smooth and even fast, the 1.5 dCi 110 hp. And although their consumption are not farfetched (homologated 5.6 liters / 100 kilometers), diesel remain the protagonists of a model that assumes intended to travel many kilometers and therefore amortize fast economic difference (at least 1,600 euros ). Nissan believes that 90% of its sales in Spain are diesel.
In this first contact we could also try the 1.5 dCi 110 hp, a block that has been modified to improve its smoothness - something that was really needed - and that is still extraordinarily sparing in their consumption (3.8 liters / 100 kilometers). Thanks to this block, the Nissan Qashqai has managed to standardize emissions below 99 g / km of CO2. In our test also we found that was quite lazy and until 2,000 rpm did not begin to respond, but glaringly obvious that it is now much smoother and quieter than its previous iteration.
To make a rather loud and unsophisticated as this block have changed significantly improve numerous components from the oil pump to the connecting rods, through a new electronic management and Stop&Start very fast, at least for a diesel with manual transmission. It will not be the smoothest diesel in its class, but it is obvious that it is now much more refined. In addition to the improvements that have been implemented in the engine, it also notes that sound insulation of the passenger compartment, in general, this Qashqai is improved accordingly.
1.6 dCi 130 hp, the only one with XTRONIC or all-wheel drive
In summer a more powerful gasoline will be introduced, the 1.6 DIG-T 150 hp.
While it is true that this diesel 110 hp is recommended for most customers, Nissan believes Spain most of the sales will go towards the 1.6 dCi 130 hp. This third block has a slightly higher consumption (4.4 liters / 100 km) and also a higher emissions (115 g / km CO2), which still remain low enough to make it look exempt from registration tax in Spain.
Nissan forecasts are based on many customers look for a Nissan Qashqai really complete and equipped. One important to choose the 1.6 dCi reason would be the need for an automatic transmission (XTRONIC) or all-wheel drive, since this block will be the only two options available, but so far without the possibility of combining both simultaneously. With manual transmission and two-wheel drive 1.6 dCi will cost 1,600 euros more than the 1.5 dCi, a difference that is not always justifiable.
From the summer there will be a fourth engine in discord, the 1.6 DIG-T 150 hp, who will emerge as the most powerful and offer better performance that by far the Qashqai range. In the absence of more data, Certify the same 5.6 liters / 100 kilometers than the 1.2 DIG-T 115 hp.
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