2021 Nissan Qashqai: price, specs and release date

James Allen
August 24, 2020

A new version of the best-selling Nissan Qashqai SUV has been spotted before it’s revealed in late 2020.

  • More advanced in-car tech
  • Likely to have hybrid power
  • Evolution-not-revolution styling
  • Unveiling expected later this year
  • Should go on sale in 2021
  • Likely to cost from £22,000

The Nissan Qashqai has long been one of the most popular cars with new car buyers in the UK, so there’s an awful lot riding on this latest version. The new Qashqai is expected to go on sale in early 2021 to face other strong-selling family SUVs such as the Ford Kuga and Kia Sportage.

The Qashqai is one of Nissan’s best-selling cars.

2021 Nissan Qashqai styling

Despite all the disguise on this test car, it’s clear the new Nissan Qashqai won’t look massively different to the current version. Look closely through the camouflage, and you can make out familiar features such as the sculpted bonnet, the strong curve over the rear wheel arches and a larger version of Nissan’s V-shaped front grille design.

The headlights, however, look a lot like the ones on the smaller Nissan Juke, and there’s a whiff of the upcoming Nissan Ariya electric car (shown in the video, above) in the Qashqai’s bluff boot lid and squared-off rear bumper.

The new Qashqai’s proportions aren’t all that different from the outgoing car’s. 

2021 Nissan Qashqai engines

Nissan hasn’t said anything yet about the engines it will be offering in the new Qashqai, though it’d be surprising if there weren’t a few hybrid options to choose from. There probably won’t be a fully electric version, however, because Nissan already has that base covered with the upcoming Ariya EV SUV.

The new Qashqai is expected to come with petrol and hybrid engines.

Conventional non-hybrid petrol engines could also be offered, though it’s not certain whether Nissan will decide to sell a diesel version of the new Qashqai. Both a manual and automatic gearbox should be available, and high-spec cars will get Nissan’s ProPilot driver-assistance tech – a combination of adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking that helps to prevent collisions and kerb driver fatigue on long drives.

The outgoing Qashqai’s cabin (shown above) will receive a complete makeover for the new car. 

2021 Nissan Qashqai interior

Nissan is expected to fit the new Qashqai with a fully digital display in place of the current car’s analogue dials. Many of the main controls will likely be operated through a large touchscreen display, too, which will get rid of a few physical buttons on the dashboard and centre console. Overall interior space is anticipated to be a bit better than in the outgoing car.

You’ll have to wait until late 2020 to see the new Qashqai without camouflage.

2021 Nissan Qashqai prices and release date

The new Nissan Qashqai is expected to make its first public appearance later this year and should go on sale at some point in 2021. Prices will be confirmed closer to launch, though it’s likely the new Qashqai will cost from around £22,000.

If you can’t wait for the new model, check out the latest Nissan Qashqai deals or head over to our list of the best new SUVs on sale now.