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New Qashqai will be able to drive itself. Image by Nissan.

New Qashqai will be able to drive itself
Robo-driving systems part of 2017 Nissan Qashqai update.
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2017-11-24: Driven: Nissan Qashqai 2018MY

What's all this then?

This is the updated Nissan Qashqai, and you'll notice straight away that it gets a new grille (inspired by that seen on the recently-launched new Micra) and new lights. Nothing too radical - clearly Nissan isn't going to monkey too much with a car that's already a best-seller - but enough to keep it fresh.

That's true inside too, where you'll find a new steering wheel (which rather pointlessly has a flat bottom), a new infotainment screen and some new leather and trim options, as Nissan looks to move the Qashqai a little more upmarket. The engine line-up remains unchanged, with 1.2 and 1.6 turbo petrol options plus 1.5 and 1.6 dCi diesels, and emissions starting from 99g/km.

What you might not have noticed is that it's driving itself. Part of the high-tech options package for the new Qashqai will be the ProPilot system, which can take control of the steering, braking and accelerating on motorways and main roads. It's joined by a tweaked autonomous emergency braking system that now includes pedestrian detection.

There's more though - Nissan has said that next year it will update the ProPilot system to be able to change lanes on the motorway for you, while by 2020 it's expected to be able to deal with complicated city junctions; impressive stuff for a mainstream family car.

Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe, commented: "So much has been achieved in the year since we announced our Nissan Intelligent Mobility blueprint for zero emissions and zero fatalities. Models such as the new Nissan Qashqai, unveiled at Geneva Motor Show today, are just the beginning of our exciting journey towards a more intelligent motoring future."

Nissan also confirmed that it's still working with NASA on future autonomous car projects and that Hollywood megastar Margot Robbie is joining the brand as an ambassador for Nissan's electric cars.

Neil Briscoe - 7 Mar 2017

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