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Nissan qashqai 360 standard equipment

ONE of the most striking success stories among car manufacturers in recent years has undoubtedly been the formidable Nissan Qashqai.

A so-called crossover combining style and toughness, it stands out like the proverbial sore thumb among the top ten best-seller list of hatchbacks and minis.

In April, and overall this year, it remained the sixth best-seller in the UK – a remarkable achievement and testament to the tens of thousands of satisfied owners.

Now Nissan has launched a new addition to the Qashqai range – the 360 – which is set to be the bestselling example yet of Nissan's sector-defining class leader.

The 360 sits between the Acenta and Tekna trims, replacing the ntec+ but offering more equipment for the £20,395 starting price.

Indeed, it is expected to be even more popular than the hugelysuccessful n-tec+. The latter accounted for around 60 per cent of Qashqai sales in the UK in 2012, meaning that just this one trim level outsold the entire Ford Mondeo range. The Qashqai n-tec+ also outsold the Kia Sportage and Hyundai ix35 combined, too.

Just like the ntec+, the 360 features Nissan’s Connect with 360- degree Around View Monitor system, which integrates satellite navigation system with Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity along with four cameras to give a ‘helicopter view’ when parking.

Standard equipment also includes 18-inch Onyx alloy wheels, rear privacy glass and a panoramic roof.

But the Qashqai 360 boosts styling further adding part-leather trim with double white stitching, a gloss-black gearlever surround, gloss-black door handles and a leather armrest.

Gloss-black roof rails, door mirrors and ‘360’ badges mark out the exterior.

In addition, a new pearlescent paint - Storm White - has been added to the range, providing the perfect contrast to the 360's glossblack highlights. Storm White will be available for the same price as metallic paint at £500 extra.

The 360 package is available across all engine and transmission options and can be specified on both the Qashqai and Qashqai+2.

Among the most popular variants is likely to be the 1.5 dCi diesel which incorporates stop/start technology for CO2 emissions of just 119g/km and 62.8mpg on the combined cycle.

Camera technology features as standard on the Qashqai 360 should mean the end of parking errors, saving thousands for fleets in repair damage, prevent insurance premiums rising and reduce vehicle off-the-road time.

AVM uses four separate wideangle cameras located at the front, rear and in the side mirrors, enabling the integrated five-inch Nissan Connect touch-screen monitor to display an image of the vehicle from above.

This helps the driver visually confirm the position of the vehicle in relation to the lines around the parking space. With this, the driver can easily position the vehicle for parallel parking or park the car in a smart way.

AVM’s benefits were recently outlined when Accident Exchange research found that the average cost for car body and mechanical repairs resulting from car park collisions is £1,428. Total costs of an incident will also rise further when you include a hike in insurance premiums and hire car costs.

* To arrange a test drive, or view the Qashqai 360, visit Alexanders York, Great North Way, York, visit alexanders-nissan.co.uk, or call (01904) 520300.