Nissan will launch the 2010 Qashqai and Qashqai+2 in March 2010, with engine updates, a new nose and trim upgrades.

A camouflaged 2010 Nissan Qashqai caught testing recently

Nissan will launch the 2010 Qashqai and Qashqai+2 in March 2010, with engine updates, a new nose and trim upgrades.

The Nissan Qashqai has been a big success for Nissan. A very able crossover / Estate / SUV thingy, it has certainly made its mark since its introduction in 2007. And – in Qashqai +2 guise – it actually makes a decent fist of being a people carrier. But it’s remained pretty much unchanged since it was introduced – apart from the addition of extra models like the n-tec – so its time for a change. Bring on the 2010 Nissan Qashqai.

The spy shot at the top shows a 2010 Qashqai running around in disguise recently. The camouflage is restricted to the front end an the rear lights, which indicates that the 2010 Qashqai is going to get a new nose and some tweaks and tidies round the back. Trim updates will also come in to play and Nissan are likely to drop a bit of ‘Green’ fairy dust on the powerplants to up the output, improve the economy and lower emissions.

So when are these changes going to happen? Last news we had was that the 2010 Qashqai would hit the roads in the UK in the summer, with the Qashqai +2 following on in the Autumn. But we had some info in this morning that shows Nissan are ahead of the game plan.

The 2010 Nissan Qashqai and Qashqai+2 will launch in March 2010. Early next month (December) Nissan will be releasing full details on the 2010 updates, including prices. January will see the order book open and the first 2010 Qashqais will be in dealers by mid February, with customer deliveries starting on 1st March 2010.

The current Qashqai has had a good 2009, increasing its market share by 65%. Even with the new model now confirmed for launch in March the current Qashqai is still a good buy. But you should be able to screw a decent discount on the run-out model if that’s the route you want to go.

But we’re told that stocks are quite low, and dealers expect to run out of the current model by December. Get your skates on if you want one.

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