Nissan’s next-generation Dualis first emerged in grainy spy shots last month and now some new close-up images have provided a much better indication of how the final production version will look.
successor for Nissan’s smash-hit small SUV is due to be revealed
globally later this year before going on sale in Australia next year,
alongside the third-generation X-TRAIL featuring a much rounder
five-door wagon bodyshell, as revealed by the first spy pics two weeks ago.
evidenced by these pics, the new Dualis will still wear a sharper nose
and more heavily sloping rear-end design than the boxier X-TRAIL, along
with a more stylised version of the new corporate grille design
previewed by the Hi-Cross concept that debuted at the 2012 Geneva motor show.
both models will continue to be based on the same chassis architecture –
this time the Renault Nissan group’s its all-new Common Module Family (CMF).
new low-cost platform, which the company hopes will slash production
costs on some models by up to 40 per cent, will underpin more than 1.6
million vehicles per annum, covering 14 models (three from Nissan and 11
from Renault, including the new Koleos) built in 10 different
Nissan is yet to advise if it will pass on those cost
savings to customers, but engine choices are expected to continue to
include (new direct-injection) 2.0-litre petrol and 1.6-litre
turbo-diesel options, plus a new supercharged 1.2-litre petrol engine
with 85kW and 190Nm of torque to replace Europe’s entry-level petrol
As previewed by the 2.0-litre petrol-electric drivetrain in
the Hi-Cross, there will also be a plug-in hybrid version of the new
Dualis, which first appeared here in 2007 before being facelifted in
2010, but not before 2015 in Europe.
Like the existing Dualis,
which is the second most popular model in Australia’s small SUV segment
behind the Hyundai ix35, its replacement is expected to remain available
in front-wheel drive and AWD form, as well as five-seat and seven-seat
Expect the new Dualis to make its formal
production debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September as the
redesigned Qashqai, with the new X-TRAIL to follow at the Tokyo show in
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