Nissan to add ProPILOT autonomous drive technology to new Qashqai

Carmaker Nissan has announced that it will add its ProPILOT autonomous drive technology to the brand’s new Qashqai model in spring 2018.

ProPILOT is an autonomous technology for single-lane highway driving that controls the car’s steering, acceleration and braking during heavy congestion and high-speed cruising.

The feature uses three technologies – Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent Cruise Control and Traffic Jam Pilot – and will allow drivers to ‘automate the mundane elements of their motoring life’, according to Nissan.

ProPILOT is already available on the carmaker’s X-Trail and Serena models in Japan. The Serena won the Grand Prize in the 2016 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards in Japan for the technology.

ProPILOT will also be included on Nissan’s new electric LEAF model, scheduled to be unveiled in the UK in early September.

In addition, the LEAF will be the first in the carmaker’s range to offer its ProPILOT Park feature – an advanced driver assistance technology that guides the car into a chosen parking spot.

Philippe Saillard, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Nissan Europe, said that the Qashqai has been a “sales phenomenon” since its launch in 2014.

“With these premium enhancements to its design, quality, technology and driving dynamics, we are confident this will continue,” said Saillard.