Bowen's Report Card
- Grunt for the V6
- Build quality
- Score not really zero!
Nissan can certainly milk a good thing, and good luck to them. Earlier in the year before COVID struck I boarded an actual plane and landed in New Zealand. Better still when I flew home, I wasn’t thrown in a hotel for two weeks, by the army. Anyway, the whole point of the exercise was to explore the Nissan SUV range. The highlight? The Nissan Qashqai now has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
But before we cover that off it should be noted Nissan has struck again with its “Black Pack”. Any Nissan with the N-Trek badge is adorned in black highlights. Now the Pathfinder has been given a dose of it via the N-Trek package.
The big seven-seat Pathfinder still scores the robust petrol V6. Sure, the engine is regarded as unsophisticated these days. But it’s a willing unit that puts out 202kW, 340Nm. In this age of smaller capacity turbo engines, I really do enjoy having genuine old school grunt under my foot.
What I found.
The exterior features a Black V-motion and front grille. Look closer and you’ll notice a black finisher strip and silver lower bumper guard. Even the rear taillamps are tinted black. There’s a lot of black, so let’s enter bullet point mode:
- Black fender flares
- Black exterior door handles
- Black roof rails
- Black door mirror caps
- Black and silver design via the 18-inch alloy wheels
Outside of that you can score FWD via the ST+ and ST-L models, and 4WD versions of the ST and ST-L models.
The renovations continue with the X-Trail.
The 500 limited run adds:
- Smoked colour bonnet protector
- Slim line front and rear weather shields
- Front and rear kick plates with carpet mats
All of the above now comes standard.
The engine delivers 126kW of power spand 226Nm of torque.
The price is spread across the range with the X-Trail ST 2.0L six-speed manual at $29,990 through to the X-Trail TL at $48,340.
Now to the strangely named Qashqai N-Sport. More than 600 vehicles will arrive here. But its looks are pretty good; body-coloured bumpers front and rear that incorporate matte silver trim highlights. Bodyside mouldings with matte silver trim and wheel arches are also body-colour coded, and the wheel size for the ST-L-based N-Sport has increased to 19-inches.
Nissan QASHQAI ST 6MT $27,990
Nissan QASHQAI ST CVT $29,990
Nissan QASHQAI ST+ CVT $31,990
Nissan QASHQAI ST-L CVT $34,000
Nissan QASHQAI N-SPORT CVT $35,000
Nissan QASHQAI Ti CVT $38,490
No Bowen score card here ……. if you give one of them a spin, let me know what you think?