Nissan enhances Qashqai

12 October 2018

NISSAN has rationalised its range of petrol-powered Qashqai models with the arrival of a new high-efficiency engine that achieves more for less.

The new turbocharged 1.3-litre unit replaces both the current 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre engines and promises economy of more than 50mpg with the benefit of lower CO2 emissions.

It is the latest example of how car-makers are leading the way in producing increasingly environmentally-friendly products despite shouldering most of the blame for global warming.

Reductions of up to more than 10g/km are achieved by CO2 emissions, even though the new models offer even more pulling power than those they replace.

There are two power outputs from the single engine, enabling it to replace a pair of engines of smaller and greater size.

In its less powerful guise there is an output of 138bhp with 240Nm of torque, or pulling power.

The is a very significant increase of 25bhp of power and 50Nm of torque over the outputs of the current 1.2-litre models.

Then there is the even more powerful 158bhp version that replaces the 1.6-litre model, which is down by just 3bhp, although the more important torque figure rises to 260Nm, which is an increase of 10Nm.

This means that both versions have greater pulling power, with drive reaching the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.

Additionally, there is the option of a seven-speed automatic for the more powerful version, which also benefits from an increase in torque to a new high of 270Nm.

Nissan is claiming average economy of 53mpg with a CO2 rating of 121g/km, whilst the newcomers also get the benefit of particulate filters, and service intervals are stretched from 12,500 miles to 18,000 miles.

The new engine for the Qashqai, which is made in the North East alongside the Juke, Leaf and smallest Infiniti, is the result of a joint venture with Mercedes-Benz and is already to be found beneath the bonnet of the Mercedes A 200.

Although acceleration to 60mph remains about the same, it is significantly improved by more than a third at higher overtaking speeds, being a whopping 35 per cent quicker between 60mph and 75mph.

Nissan says that up to one million of these engines will be built in a single year and will account for half of all the engines fitted to Qashqais in future.

Prices for the new models range from £19,595 for the 138bhp version with Visia trim and equipment to £28,595 for the 158bhp model in flagship Tekna guise, both with manual transmission.