Nissan Qashqai gets new 1.3L turbo in Europe

All-new engine available in 103kW and 118kW versions, debuts dual-clutch auto for core Nissan line-up.

Nissan has announced a new powertrain for the top-selling Qashqai in Europe, a 1.3-litre turbo petrol, which hits showrooms in the region from November.

The new powertrain makes its debut in the Nissan line-up – already offered in the related Renault Kadjar – replacing the outgoing 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre turbo units.

It’s available in two states of tune exclusively with front-wheel drive: 140PS (103kW) and 240Nm, along with 160PS (118kW) and 260/270Nm. The former is exclusively available with a six-speed manual, while the latter is offered with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, with the DCT getting a 10Nm bump.

Nissan UK says the new engines are compliant with the new Euro 6d-Temp emissions standard, while offering reduced CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.

Both variants fitted with the six-speed manual are rated at 53.3mpg (5.3L/100km) with 17-inch wheels, or 49.6mpg (5.7L/100km) with 18- or 19-inch rims.

Pricing in the UK starts at £19,595 ($35,364) for the 140PS engine in ‘Visia’ trim, while the 160PS in range-topping Tekna guise is £28,595 ($51,607). Nissan will announce pricing for the DCT version “in due course”.

Australia

We’ve reached out to Nissan’s local arm regarding Australian availability of the new turbo petrol engine, and are awaiting a response.

Currently, local versions of the Qashqai are sourced from the same Sunderland (UK) factory as European models, though ours are fitted with a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine making 106kW and 200Nm, driving the front wheels via a CVT automatic.

Stay tuned for an update.

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