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Nissan Qashqai with added semi-autonomous tech goes on sale

Date: 23 March 2018   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Nissan has begun selling its Qashqai crossover with its ProPilot semi-autonomous driving system.

ProPilot assists the driver with steering, acceleration and braking, working in a single lane on highways. 

It slows the car to a complete stop if traffic conditions require it, then moves off again automatically, so long as the car has been stationary for approximately three seconds or less.

If the car is stationary for longer, the driver must press a button or lightly tap the accelerator before the car will move off.

The technology uses traffic and road conditions data supplied by a camera mounted in the Qashqai's windscreen and a radar behind the Nissan badge in the front grille.

Nissan describes ProPilot, previously seen on its new Leaf electric vehicle, as a 'hands on, eyes on' technology, meaning the driver remains in control and responsible for the vehicle.

The system comes as standard with the special Pilot One Edition trim, or as a £795 option on Tekna and Tekna+ models powered by a 130hp diesel engine with automatic transmission.

For manual transmission models, a drive assist pack is instead available for £495, featuring all the capabilities of ProPilot except the ability to come to a complete stop and then resume driving in traffic.

Prices for a Qashqai equipped with ProPilot start from £31,275, based on a Tekna dCi 130 Xtronic. 

Prices for the Pilot One Edition start at £33,380, with added features including Storm White pearlescent paint, premium Plum Nappa leather interior, Xtronic sports pedals, a chrome exterior styling pack, and Pilot One Edition door entry guards and interior badging.

Ryan Gains, Nissan's general manager for crossovers in Europe, said: "The addition of ProPilot will underpin and strengthen the Qashqai's position as Europe's number one crossover.

"ProPilot is the signature technology within the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision. It clearly demonstrates our commitment to deliver a more confident, more exciting and more connected future for drivers."