Nissan has added its ProPilot driver assistance feature to its popular Qashqai SUV range.

ProPilot is the most advanced driver assistance feature that Nissan offers on its production models, helping with steering, acceleration and braking and optimised for low-speed congestion and high-speed cruising. With the assistance, Nissan says that driver fatigue and stress are reduced, making the car much safer. It is Nissan's first step towards offering fully autonomous vehicles, but for now it's strictly a hands-on, eyes-on technology, with the driver still remaining in control of the vehicle.

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2017 Nissan Qashqai

The feature is available as a £795 option on both Tekna and Tekna+ models powered by the dCi 130 diesel engine with an Xtronic 'automatic' transmission. Overall, prices for a Qashqai equipped with ProPilot start from £31,275 for the Tekna model.

However, ProPilot isn't available for manual models. Instead, a similar Drive Assist Pack is offered for £495. The Drive Assist Pack includes lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control, but isn't capable of coming to a complete stop or setting off in traffic by itself like ProPilot-equipped cars are able to.

To celebrate the introduction of the feature to the SUV's lineup, Nissan is offering a special edition model called the Pilot One Edition.

The Pilot One Edition is based on the range-topping Tekna+ model and is priced from £33,380. As well as ProPilot, the Pilot One Edition also comes with Storm White Pearlescent body colour (with metallic and premium metallic options also available), a premium Plum Nappa Leather interior, Xtronic sports pedals, chrome exterior styling pack and ‘Pilot One Edition’ door entry guards and interior badging. All in all, the extra figures equate to £1,500 of added value compared to a Tekna+ specified with the additional features.

Gallery: 2017 Nissan Qashqai