First look at new Nissan models

Published 9:00am 19 September 2022

First look at new Nissan models
Words by Kylie Knight

The Nissan Roadshow is coming to Village Motors later this week, giving customers who have pre-ordered and potential customers the first look at the new Pathfinder, X-TRAIL and QASHQAI models and the chance to place pre-orders for the new models arriving later this year.

The event on Thursday, September 22 from 9am-4pm is happening for one day only at the dealership, based at North Lakes.

Nissan Sales Manager Adrian Killip is expecting high demand for the newest versions of the popular models after COVID-19 and supply chain issues delayed their arrival.

“These cars will be here for people to view, not available for test-drive. They will be able to come in and see them in the showroom,” Adrian says.

“What we’re doing on the day of the launch, we’re also offering all people who sign up on the day or before the end of October three years’ servicing with Village Nissan.”

The cost will be included in the purchase price of the vehicle.

“That’s a big saving,” he says.

“The good news is, we’ll have cars available for customers around November/December.”

Adrian says X-TRAIL is Nissan’s most popular car and largest-selling SUV worldwide, while QASHQAI and Pathfinder are also sought-after vehicles, with new features expected to add to their appeal.

There are four models for each of the cars.

The all-new Pathfinder, made in the United States, has been re-invented from the ground up to maximise family escapes, while keeping its occupants more connected and comfortable.

“There will be two variations of the Pathfinder in a seven and eight-seat vehicle,” Adrian says.

The QASHQAI, made in the United Kingdom offers a blend of hatchback compactness and SUV practicality, with sharp LED lighting, striking alloy wheels and roomy interior in an aerodynamic and compact body. It is available in ST, ST+, ST-L and TI versions.

It has a 1.3L turbo-charged, four-cylinder engine which is new for the Nissan line-up

The popular X-TRAIL will be available in ST, ST-L, TI and TIL (new) versions.

Hybrid, but not as you know it

Nissan is also bringing e-POWER, innovative hybrid technology, to Australia.

“E-Power is very different to a normal hybrid car. Hybrid cars typically run on the engine primarily and when the batteries are charged off that, then start using the hybrid/electric side. E-Power is fully-hybrid, so it’s full electric,” Adrian explains.

“It’s constantly using the batteries to drive the car and the motors, but they have an internal combustion engine that keeps generating the power to charge the batteries, so you don’t have to stop, plug in and charge it somewhere.

“This is going to be very different. Toyota doesn’t offer this, Haval or any other manufacturer doesn’t offer this type of hybrid system. This is a first for Australia.”

First look at new Nissan models

Who is expected to be interested in the new models?

“The demographic of QASHQAI will become younger, because it has a more youthful look, a more modern interior and exterior with LED lights, Apple CarPlay. Some of the top-of-the-range, TI models and the TIL models are going to have things like massage seats,” Adrian says.

“There are a lot of new things coming to mainstream cars that only ever used to be exclusive to European cars with the three new cars.”

While the new features will attract buyers, there are other factors which will drive demand.

“There’s a shortage of vehicles out there, Nissan loyalty is a big thing … people will come in because they’ve already got a QASHQAI. There could be people changing as well … people who have Pathfinders and no longer need a big car will downsize into X-TRAIL, QASHQAI people whose families are growing will upsize into X-TRAIL or Pathfinder,” Adrian says.

“There will be a mix of customers. There’s going to be plenty of interest.

“It’s good for us as a dealership but it’s also good for the Nissan customers who have been calling asking when the new models are going to arrive.”

For more information about the Nissan Showcase event or the vehicles, visit the Facebook page, website or phone 3883 0900.

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