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22 Sep 2010 | Text by Julian Kho, photos by Julian Kho & Siddiq Bin Sulaiman
It's the crossover that just can't stop growing. The already successful Nissan Qashqai has sprouted a revised rear end and an extra pair of seats so it can take on compact 7-Seaters.
That being said, we need our little pleasures too. And to satisfy those demands, Nissan recently launched the Qashqai+2.
The Qashqai +2 shares the same design DNA with the original Qashqai, but yet, it's subtly different from virtually every angle. Born to be superior, the Qashqai+2 is 211mm longer than the standard model, of which 135mm goes into an extended wheelbase. Also considering that the crossover is 36mm higher, the overall height of the Qashqai +2 is now 1,642mm.
In terms of styling, the front-end design is shared with Qashqai. The sharply-pressed curves on the bonnet, honeycomb grille and stretched headlamps combine to give the crossover an air of premium sophistication, presence and quality.
Around the back, little has changed aside from subtle aerodynamic tweaks and LED lights. That said, the puffed up arches, softly swaged hip line and a profile reminiscent of the marque's own Murano SUV, complemented by roof rails that comes standard, means the Qashqai +2 oozes a premium demeanour and promises acres of space within.
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