Nissan is discontinuing the Qashqai in the U.S. — where it’s known as the Rogue Sport — once the 2022 model year wraps up, but Nissan Canada has confirmed that Canadians will continue to be offered the 2023 version of the compact sport-utility.
In the U.S., the Rogue Sport is outsold considerably by the larger Rogue, and in a memo to dealers, the company confirmed that “With the all-new Rogue and the recently redesigned Kicks, we will continue to cover this part of (the) market effectively. We are also able to invest more resources in our current vehicles and next-generation products.”
But Canadians are fonder of smaller vehicles than Americans seem to be, and a Nissan Canada representative said that, “Qashqai has been a strong success in the Canadian market since its launch in 2017, ranking third within Nissan sales in 2021 with 11,972 units sold.” That was an 8.1 per cent increase over the model’s 2020 sales. It was topped by the Rogue and Kicks.
It’s also on track for the first half of 2022, with 7,362 Qashqais sold over those six months and a jump over the 6,382 sold in the same period in 2021. As before, it runs third to the Rogue and Kicks, but is ahead of the Pathfinder and Murano.
The 2023 Qashqai will arrive in dealers in the first quarter of 2023, with pricing announced closer to its launch.
The Qashqai debuted in Canada for 2017, and got an update for 2022 with new front-end styling and standard driver-assist safety features, including blind-spot monitoring and emergency rear braking. Available in front- or all-wheel drive, the 2022 models range from $25,098 to $34,748. All are powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine making 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque, mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
While the Qashqai will be sticking around, the Maxima sedan is riding off into the sunset, while the far-better-selling Altima gets an update for 2023. We’ve also read reports that the Nissan Leaf, the first mass-market all-electric car, will also be discontinued by 2025 instead of redesigned into a new third generation, although the upcoming Ariya should fill its place once it arrives following the delays it’s faced due to supply-chain issues.