The folks at AutonetMagz.com Indonesia have managed to obtain images of a Nissan Qashqai SUV being tested in Surabaya.
What is basically a T32 Nissan X-Trail with a shorter wheelbase and overall length, the strict 5-seat layout in the Nissan Qashqai has been popular (outside of the ASEAN region) due to its compact exterior size but practical interior space. Its dimension cleverly slots between the examples of smaller class cars such as the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 and their larger siblings.
In Australia, the Qashqai is fitted with the same MR20DD 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine that is also serving duty in the current Nissan X-Trail. Both models share the same dashboard with just slight variations to the lower console.
Meanwhile, in other right-hand drive markets such as South Africa and Singapore, the Nissan Qashqai is also offered with a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine paired with the X-Tronic CVT transmission.
Could Nissan Motor Indonesia (NMI) be on the aggressive with new model launches this year, including the compact Qashqai? NMI has since launched the new Nissan Livina (heavily based on the Mitsubishi Xpander) as well as the all-new Nissan Serena in just the first two months of 2019.
The company began a string of new model introductions in 2018 with the launch of the new Nissan Terra, a 7-seater SUV that is based on the Nissan Navara body-on-frame platform and powertrain. In the ASEAN region, the Nissan brand has seen a slow down in new model introductions as the company focused more on the Americas, China, and Europe.