Nissan has chosen the Qashqai SUV to debut its new 1.3-litre petrol engine.
Available in 138 and 157bhp power outputs, the highly efficient unit delivers lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, compared to the 1.2 and 1.6-litre units it replaces.
Other advantages provided by the new engine include a smoother response at low RPM, more vigorous acceleration and quicker, safer overtaking manoeuvres.
The front-wheel-drive engine comes linked to a six-speed manual gearbox, with the higher-powered option being offered with a seven-speed automatic from November. Torque varies on power output and transmission too, with the 138bhp manual churning out 240Nm, rising to 260Nm for the 157bhp manual and 270Nm for the 157bhp auto.
Nissan says the automatic gearbox lends the Qashqai a sporty and more direct dynamic driving experience, improved standing-start performance and smooth power deployment.
Alex Smith, managing director of Nissan Motor GB, said: “The launch of this all-new 1.3-litre unit is the right response to changing market conditions, meeting customer demand for a highly effective petrol engine that delivers outstanding driving performance and fuel efficiency.”
On 17-inch wheels, the new engine returns 53.3mpg at 121g/km CO2 which is 8-13g/km lower than the 1.2 and 1.6-litre units respectively.
These improvements are made possible thanks to a fundamental reworking of the engine design, compared to previous petrol units.
A gasoline particulate filter has been added, while other areas of improvement include the fuel injection system, combustion chamber design, reduced friction and optimisation of the turbocharger. The higher torque at low RPM also results in a quieter overall experience.
Prices for the new petrol engine start from £19,595 for a Visia 1.3 DIG-T 140, topping at £28,595 for the flagship Tekna 1.3 DIG-T 160.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Nissan is responding to demand for more greener engines with this refined and efficient petrol unit. Expect it to appear in Nissan’s other big-sellers very soon.”
Posted on 1st October 2018
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