The refreshed version of Nissan's second-generation Qashqai has arrived in South Africa, boasting subtle styling updates and a rejigged range.

While the outgoing line-up comprised six derivatives, the new range features seven variants. The 1,6-litre turbopetrol and the 1,6 turbodiesel engines have fallen away, while a new Acenta Plus trim level slots into the middle of the line-up.

The 1,5dCi mill, meanwhile, now powers as many as three variants (it previously powered just one), including the new Tekna range-topper, where its outputs remain unchanged at 81 kW and 260 N.m. Similarly, the 1,2-litre turbopetrol still makes 85 kW/190 N.m in six-speed manual guise and 85 kW/165 N.m in CVT form.

At 4 394 mm, the facelifted Qashqai is 17 mm longer before. Inside, you’ll find a new steering wheel along with what Nissan calls “higher-quality materials” on the door handles and air vents.

The centre console armrest gains new stitching, while one-touch power windows are now available across the range. The Japanese automaker furthermore says the Qashqai’s the front seats have been “completely redesigned”.

The roof antenna is now of the “shark fin” variety, while the integrated microphone for hands-free telephone use has been moved to the overhead lamp unit for “improved performance”. A new seven-speaker Bose Premium sound system has also been added to the flagship Tekna derivative.

Nissan says its latest collection of driving assistance features – from blind spot warning and intelligent emergency braking to the so-called “around view monitor" – is now available in the Qashqai.

All models feature a six-year/150 000 km warranty and three-year/90 000 km service plan as standard.

Pricing:

Nissan Qashqai 1,2T Visia: R334 900
Nissan Qashqai 1,2T Acenta: R367 000
Nissan Qashqai 1,2T Acenta CVT: R381 000
Nissan Qashqai 1,2T Acenta Plus CVT: R394 000
Nissan Qashqai 1,5dCi Acenta: R394 000
Nissan Qashqai 1,5dCi Acenta Plus: R407 000
Nissan Qashqai 1,5dCi Tekna: R434 000