If you've been salivating over the details of the second generation Nissan Qashqai, you'll have been wanting to know just how much you should be expected to lay out for one when they hit the showrooms in January.
Fortunately, Nissan has now released the full pricing and specifications list so you can get on with picking your ideal car before the New Year even draws breath.
What trims are available?
The Qashqai fits into Nissan's existing trim name regimen, so if you're already familiar with this you're starting on the front foot. There's the entry level Visia leading into the Acenta and Acenta Premium, with Tekna rounding off the top of the range.
Entry level buyers are treated to an audio system with CD player and USB & Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and speed limiter, a manual air conditioning system and the characteristic LED daytime running lights. Neat heated body colour mirrors are included too, and there's an optional "Smart Vision Pack" for 450 that adds an automatic anti-dazzle rear view mirror, front and rear parking sensors and a suite of electronic driver information aids like lane departure warning, front collision avoidance and traffic signal recognition.
With the Acenta spec, the air conditioning is upgraded to dual zone automatic and the 16 steel wheels replaced by 17 alloys. Front fog lamps, rain sensing wipers and automatic headlights are added, along with the first dash of leather on the steering wheel and gear knob. There's also a rear armrest with a cupholder and interior ambient lighting finishes off the package. Acenta buyers may also specify the Smart Vision Pack. Acenta adds 1,550 to the Visia model's price.
The next stair up includes the Smart Vision Pack suite as standard, but also adds an i-key, a push button Start and a rear view camera - displayed on the 7 inch colour touchscreen that also houses the Nissan Connect system, with DAB radio. Privacy glass and a panoramic sunroof add a finishing touch. Acenta Premium adds 1,850 to the Acenta model's price.
As you'd expect from the range-topper, the Tekna adds a swathe of cow, with leather seats for all occupants, powered and heated in the front and including a manual lumbar adjust. A heated windscreen and bi-LED headlights with automatic levelling adds to the visibility from the inside while 19 alloys make it more obvious from the outside. Intelligent parking assist is added, requiring a space only 80cm bigger than the car itself to guide you into a gap, and what Nissan terms Safety Shield - an electronic driver aid bundle - is included as standard. Tekna adds 2,150 to the Acenta Premium model's price.
What powers it?
The entry level car is now a 1.2 litre direct injection petrol engine (DiG-T) - which will be the only petrol engine available at launch, with a 1.6 joining the line-up later in 2014. Slotting in above that is the latest incarnation of Renault's venerable 1.5 dCi diesel, with the more advanced 1.6 dCi topping the list. All engines include stop-start technology.
1.2 DiG-T petrol
The petrol option produces 113 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque - a broadly similar power figure to the previous generation's 1.6 petrol but with more torque. It gives broadly similar performance figures, but fuel consumption is improved by 10% to 50.4 mpg and the 129 g/km CO2 figure drops it by two VED bands to band D.
1.5 dCi diesel
A re-engineered version of the previous generation's engine, the 1.5 still produces the same 108 hp as the old car but torque is up 15 lb-ft to 192 lb-ft. However the fuel economy improvements are remarkable, with CO2 emissions cut by 30% to 99 g/km - making it free to tax - with a combined fuel economy of 74.3 mpg. The 1.5 dCi adds 1,695 to the 1.2 petrol's price.
1.6 dCi diesel
Qashqai buyers will already be familiar with this engine, but it too has seen improvements. While power remains at 128 hp, mild improvements to emissions and economy are in evidence, with new benchmarks of 115 g/km CO2 and 64.2 mpg. The 1.6 is also the only engine that can be equipped with either a four wheel drive system (for 1,700) or an automatic option in the form of Nissan's Xtronic CVT (for 1,350), but the options are mutually exclusive. The 1.6 dCi adds 1,305 to the 1.5 dCi's price.
How much will it cost me?
The entry level car is now the 1.2 litre Visia, which sets you back 17,595 - around 700 more than the previous generation's entry level 1.6 Visia.
With the exception of 4WD, which is limited to Acenta Premium and Tekna cars, all the trim and engine combinations are available with each other, so it's simply a case of adding what you like to this entry model. The range-topper is the 27,845 1.6 dCi Tekna with 4WD - 1,400 more than the first generation equivalent.
One of the criticisms of the previous Qashqai was that direct rivals are cheaper, so the response to make the car more expensive is a little alarming - but finance buyers will see very little difference in payments for a better car. There's quite a few more gizmos to keep you amused now and the already impressiverunning costs have seen a marked improvement - especially in the 1.5 diesel.
If it keeps the roominess and relatively cultured driving dynamics of the outgoing Qashqai, there'll be few complaints.