The 2017 Nissan Qashqai at North Island Nissan.

7 reasons you need to drive the new Nissan Qashqai right now

Affordability, style and space for what you need to carry makes this the North Island’s go-to drive

Sponsored by North Island Nissan/Impress Branded Content

More than 2 ½ million drivers can’t be wrong.

While the Nissan Qashqai is brand new to North America, European drivers already know and love the crossover – bridging the market between a compact sedan and small SUV.

“It’s been put to the test,” North Island Nissan sales manager Sean Lafleur says of the brand-new-to-Canada Qashqai, pronounced “cash-kie.”

“It’s almost as affordable as a small sedan, but with the look, space and flexibility of a small SUV.”

As Nissan’s new entry into North America’s fastest-growing segment, the Qashqai is similar – though smaller – to the familiar Rogue. In fact, U.S. markets will know the vehicle as Rogue Sport.

So, what sold millions of Europeans on the Qashqai?

Reason 1: Stylish design with intuitive interior – Designed to keep up with your life, find smart, stylish places to keep your cords, snacks, key cards and glasses … And did we mention the standard heated front seats?

Reason 2: Smooth, powerful acceleration, for city or highway – The Qashqai comes with either manual or CVT transmission, offering power when you need it with fuel-efficient, smooth, reliable acceleration.

Reason 3: Intelligent cruise control – For those driving the Inland Island Highway, cruise control is a welcome feature, but the Qashqai takes it to another level. Intelligent Cruise Control recognizes when a vehicle is travelling in your lane at a lower speed and adjusts accordingly.

Reason 4: Great visibility and easy parking – Compared to bigger SUVs, the Qashqai offers exceptional visibility and an easy-to-manoeuvre size that makes it a breeze to drive and park.

Reason 5: Safety first – Numerous advanced safety measures complement the Qashqai’s fun-to-drive features. Beyond Intelligent Cruise Control, available features from Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield technologies include Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Control and Intelligent Lane Intervention.

Reason 6: Room to move – With seating for five and room to spare for your cargo – not to mention your kayak on the roof – the Qashqai can take you on a night out with friends or a quick weekend getaway.

Reason 7: Affordability – Last, but by far least, is the price. Starting at just $19,998, Qashqai offers a rich sedan-like driving experience combined with an SUV stance and functionality.

Take a video drive, then book your exclusive demo of this next-generation crossover with North Island Nissan online or at 250-287-7272.

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