The independent European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has awarded the all-new Nissan Qashqai with a top five-star rating. This is quite a remarkable achievement for Nissan, as the car was assessed under new, rigorous 2020-2022 regulations.
Euro NCAP has been independently testing cars since 1997, evaluating most of the new models which go on sale against its constantly-evolving criteria. In addition to testing the actual physical strength of the cars in various simulated collisions, the organisation also tests and scores accident prevention technology.
Placing it at the top of their competitive group, the results from the Euro NCAP assessment scored the new Qashqai 91% for both adult and child occupant protection. This notable performance reflects the advanced reinforced structure of the new Qashqai’s CMF-C platform, built with ultra-high-strength steel in key areas to improve rigidity while allowing the force of an impact to be absorbed and reduced before reaching the passenger safety cell.
Central airbags have been added for the first time to Nissan’s produced in Europe, to prevent the collision of heads between the driver and front-seat passenger in the event of a side impact. This in return contributed to the Qashqai’s score by receiving a maximum of 16 points in the lateral impact test.
Additionally, the all-new Nissan Qashqai received a near-maximum score of 23.8 out of a possible 24 for child occupant protection and a maximum of 12 points was achieved for the child restraint seat installation check.
Meanwhile, the Nissan Qashqai achieved a score of 70% on cyclists and pedestrian protection tests. The new Qashqai includes several active safety aids, including Intelligent Emergency Braking, which warns the driver and applies the brakes if the car anticipates an impact with a vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist. This is a standard feature across the all-new Nissan Qashqai range, so it doesn’t matter which grade drivers choose, they will still receive the highest standard of safety features.
Within the Euro NCAP criteria, there is recognition for technology that helps drivers avoid collisions. This is where the Qashqai scored exceptionally high with a 95% rating, thanks to Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies. A comprehensive suite of these intelligent technologies is offered.
Another first for Nissan in Europe is the addition of a head-up display – which allows the driver to monitor their speed, navigation directions and speed limit without taking their eyes from the road.
The introduction of intelligent headlights, which adjust the shape of the beam to prevent oncoming drivers from being dazzled, is another example of new technology on Qashqai which enhances safety.
The all-new Qashqai also features Blind Spot Intervention – which senses when another vehicle has not been seen by the driver in a neighbouring lane and will actively steer the car back into its lane and away from the danger. Likewise, the Rear Cross Traffic Alert can prevent collisions when reversing out of parking spaces.
Built on the Alliance CMF-C platform, the Nissan Qashqai includes the use of advanced materials and new production techniques which have resulted in a more rigid structure, while the overall body-in-white is 60kg lighter than that of its forerunner.
David Moss, Senior Vice President, Regional Research & Development, Nissan Technical Centre Europe, said: “In developing the new Qashqai, we adopted an approach to consider how technology can better support the driver in situations where there is a high driver workload. The intervention comes in stages, with the first step being information, then a warning and finally intervention, in case the driver does not take corrective action.”
He added: “From the use of advanced materials, including high-strength steel, in the construction of the vehicle’s body, to the use of passive and active Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology means we can offer a refined, agile drive with enhanced all-round protection. We are really proud of this outstanding result.”
Overall, the all-new Nissan Qashqai is one of the safest on the market. If you want to read more about the results, click the link here.
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