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The new Nissan Qashqai gets sportier styling and a direct injection engine. By Samuel Ee

THERE is a new Nissan Qashqai and it has suddenly transformed itself into a sharper, less cuddly-looking crossover. The previous version of this UK-made model by Japan's second biggest carmaker had softer and more amorphous styling. But the new car gets more masculine lines for a much sportier stance.

The front end with its "3D" clamshell bonnet and full LED "boomerang" lights is purposeful, while the flanks are distinctively sculpted. Big 19-inch wheels that come as standard equipment also add to...

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