It's a wonder the compact-ish Nissan Qashqai crossover has managed to stay out of the U.S. this long, having been a best-seller in Nissan's lineup elsewhere in the world since 2006.
Now rumors suggest the Japanese automaker could bring this model to the U.S. to slot in between the compact Rogue and the smaller Juke. The Truth About Cars.com reports that the Qashqai is headed to the Detroit auto show this month to shore up Nissan's offerings amid strong demand for crossovers and SUVs.
Popular in Europe, the Qashqai is a marginally smaller version of the Rogue, and it's expected to compete with the Honda HR-V, Hyundai Tucson and Ford EcoSport while offering Nissan crossover shoppers an additional alternative. It's produced in the U.K. for the regional market, which could make certifying it for the U.S. a relatively easy proposition.