A new 1.3-litre petrol engine has joined Nissan’s Qashqai line-up, replacing two outgoing units. In addition, a new seven-speed gearbox will also be added to the Qashqai range.
The new motor, available in two states of tune, will replace both the 1.2 and 1.6-litre petrol variants previously used.
The base specification engine produces 138bhp, which represents a leap of over 20bhp from the 1.2-litre version it replaces, while 158bhp version of the 1.3-litre replaces the 160bhp 1.6-litre engine. The latter motor will be available with a seven-speed automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) from November, a first for high-volume Nissan models.
Both trims of the new 1.3-litre DIG-T engine share MPG figures – with smaller 17-inch wheels allowing for 53.3mpg, and larger 18 and 19-inch rims will see the 1.3-equipped Qashqai achieve a shade under 50mpg.
It produces less CO2 than its predecessors, to comply with the new WLTP and Euro 6d-Temp emissions regulations.
Everyday benefits will also be evident to Qashqai owners, with lower maintenance costs touted across the board. For instance, oil changes will now have to be made every 18,000 miles; a 5,500 mile improvement over the outgoing motors.
The 1.3-litre engine will be available from £19,595 in base Qashqai Visia spec, while the top-spec Tekna model will be on sale at £28,595. Prices for the versions of the car with the new gearbox will be announced closer to its November introduction.
Story by Adam Weller
October 1, 2018