British Motor Show - Nissan Qashqai +2

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Nissan's new seven-seat Qashqai+2 forms the centrepiece of its British Motor Show display.

The car, which is slightly longer than a standard Qashqai, has two more rear seats for children or for occasional adult use, as well as an additional 90 litres of luggage space, taking the total to 500 litres.

The roofline has also been lengthened to ensure enough back seat headroom, while a panoramic roof and large rear windows bathe the cabin in light.

Engines
Buyers can choose between 2.0-litre diesel and petrol engines, producing 148bhp and 138bhp respectively. The petrol engine can be linked to a six-speed manual gearbox or semi-automatic CVT unit. The diesel engine can be linked to a manual or automatic six-speed gearbox.

The manual two-wheel drive petrol version has a top speed of 118 mph, with 0-62 mph taking 10.5 sec. The engine produces 197 g/km of CO2 and returns 33.6 mpg on average.

The CVT version hits 110mph, takes 11.7 sec from 0-62mph and produces 199 g/km of CO2, averaging 33.2mph.

The diesel has a 118mph top speed, goes from 0-62mph in 10.9 sec and averages 42.2mpg, producing 177 g/km of CO2 in manual form.

Safety and stability
The Qashqai+2 is available in two- and four-wheel drive variants. The four-wheel-drive system only kicks in when the conditions get particularly slippery, and has three settings according to the type of performance required.

Stability control and anti-lock brakes are also fitted as standard, as is a system that automatically activates the brakes if understeer is detected.

The changes to the car's dimensions, as well as uprated performance parts such as larger brakes, have added about 120kg to the car, forcing Nissan's engineers to revise suspension settings and retune the electric power steering.

Trims and equipment
The Qashqai+2 is available in three trim levels: Visia, Acenta and Tekna levels. Standard equipment includes air-con, Bluetooth connectivity, a four-speaker CD system, 17-inch alloys, a panoramic roof, rear privacy glass, roof rails and an alarm.

Acenta adds leather detailing on the steering wheel and gearknob, front foglamps, climate control, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, rear parking sensors and an upgraded stereo.

Tekna models gain leather upholstery, heated front seats and an intelligent keyless access system.

The Qashqai+2 is due in the showrooms in September, with prices set to be revealed shortly before launch.

Qashqai Sound & Style
The show is also being used to launch a limited edition of the standard Qashqai, called the Sound & Style.

Powered by a choice of a 2.0-litre petrol or diesel engine, the car features a Bose sound system and enhanced styling features. The car will go on sale in November, but no prices have been released.

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