On the exterior, the Qashqai's enhanced body stance is more purposeful, with prominent shoulder lines, an extended wheelbase and imposing 20-inch alloy wheels introduced to Qashqai for the first time. The wheelbase of the car has increased by +20mm with the overall length increasing +35mm. There's a marginal increase in height (+25mm) and width has increased +32mm for improved presence on the road. The front end of the all-new Qashqai sports an enlarged Nissan V-Motion grille, finished in chrome with a secondary pinstripe of satin chrome to emphasise its precision. This is flanked by slim, full LED advanced matrix headlamps with boomerang signature daylight running lights. Super tight gaps between all these details create a premium and precise impression. The forward lighting on new Qashqai has been enhanced from the previous model to feature a slimmer, sharper design thanks to the use of LED technology. From the side, the new Qashqai appears more athletic and dynamic, with a single `fast line' that strikes through the car from the front to the rear, giving a very horizontal presence to the car, but also conveying a sense of dynamism. The new generation Qashqai will be available for the first time with 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels (the previous generation offered up to 19-inch wheels). These larger diameter wheels fill the arches and further contribute to the robustness of the car on the road.
Euro NCAP - five stars for the CUPRA Formentor
The CUPRA Formentor has been awarded five stars by the European safety organization Euro NCAP. This is the first time a CUPRA vehicle has been subjected to the Euro NCAP test procedure. For CUPRA as an independent brand, this represents a milestone in the company's still young history - especially as stricter requirements have to be met this year. The CUPRA Formentor had to undergo various revised tests, including the new frontal crash test with moving barrier. The new test replaces the previous "frontal impact with a deformable, offset obstacle" scenario and evaluates not only the protection of the vehicle's occupants, but also what contribution the vehicle's front crumple zone makes to that protection. Euro NCAP has also tightened up the side impact test. The barrier hitting the side of the test vehicle is now heavier and faster. In addition, there is the newly introduced test of the effects of a side impact on the averted side, which allows a better assessment of the interaction between the driver and front passenger. The requirements for receiving the top rating of five stars have thus been significantly increased.
Since its launch in 2017, the second generation of the Volkswagen Tiguan compact SUV has become the best-selling Volkswagen in America, mirroring its global success. For the 2022 model year, Volkswagen of America will launch a refreshed model with new styling and technology to elevate its compelling blend of utility and performance. On the outside, the Tiguan keeps its iconic look, but sharpens it with a completely revised front end. A distinctive bumper and broad grille are complemented by standard LED headlights and daytime running lights (DRLs), and can be accented further by an available illuminated light line flanking the VW logo. The top two trims feature updated, sporty R-Line® design elements, including bumpers and side sills. The distinctive side profile of the Tiguan remains with its strong character line carrying from the front fender through to the standard LED taillights. Newly centered Tiguan lettering on the rear matches Volkswagen family styling from the Arteon to the all-new Taos. The 2022 Tiguan will be available in eight exterior colors—including new Oryx White and Kings Red Metallic—and every trim level receives new wheels, ranging from 17-inch to 20-inch aluminum-alloy designs.