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Nissan launches efficient new 1.3-litre petrol engine to further enhance Qashqai’s appeal

The Nissan Qashqai is now on sale with an all-new 1.3-litre petrol engine. It’s the latest chapter in the success story of the Qashqai – Europe’s best-selling crossover – and one which further enhances the SUV’s appeal with consumers

The Nissan Qashqai is now on sale with an all-new 1.3-litre petrol engine. It’s the latest chapter in the success story of the Qashqai – Europe’s best-selling crossover – and one which further enhances the SUV’s appeal with consumers.

The highly efficient new engine – which is available in 140 PS and 160 PS outputs – delivers reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions. It draws on the strength and resources of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and has been developed in collaboration with Daimler.

The engine is making its Nissan debut in the Qashqai. It is available linked to a six-speed manual transmission and an all-new seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), both of which are front-wheel drive. It’s the first time a DCT has appeared in a volume Nissan model, and provides customers with a sporty and more direct dynamic experience, improved standing-start performance and smooth power delivery.

There are three versions of the new 1.3-litre engine – a 140 PS six-speed manual, a 160 PS six-speed manual and a 160 PS seven-speed DCT. Torque figures are 240 Nm for the low output, 260 Nm for the high output manual and 270 Nm for the DCT.

This enhanced petrol powertrain line-up sets a new standard for drivability in the Qashqai. Customers will notice improved response and acceleration through more power and torque, smoother and more linear power delivery, and a quieter driving experience. Service intervals are also extended.

In the Qashqai, the three new 1.3-litre powertrains directly replace three older ones – the 1.2-litre 115 PS manual and CVT, and the 1.6-litre 163 PS manual. All the new powertrains are compliant with the latest Euro 6d-Temp emissions standard.

140PS and 160PS MT
17-inch wheel 18-inch/19-inch wheel
Fuel economy 53.3mpg 49.6mpg
CO2 emissions 121 g/km 130 g/km
160PS DCT *
17-inch wheel 18-inch/19-inch wheel
Fuel economy 51.4mpg 48.7mpg
CO2 emissions 122 g/km 131 g/km

*DCT performance data is subject to final homologation

All three powertrains are extremely competitive versus those available from other manufacturers, and in many cases the level of CO2 emissions is significantly better.

As well as offering reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions, the new engine provides a smoother response at low RPM, more vigorous acceleration and quicker / safer overtaking manoeuvres.

Improved efficiency comes thanks to a fundamental reworking of the engine design compared with previous petrol units. A gasoline particulate filter has been added, and areas of improvement include the fuel injection system, combustion chamber design, reduced friction and optimisation of the turbocharger. It also offers a quieter experience for occupants because of the higher torque at low RPM.

Cost of ownership for consumers is reduced thanks to lower maintenance costs over the lifetime of the engine. For example, service intervals have been extended from 12,000 km to 18,000 miles.

Compared to the outgoing 1.2-litre 115 PS manual, the new 1.3-litre 140 PS manual has an extra 25 PS and an extra 50 Nm of torque. In the Qashqai on 17-inch wheels, the CO2 emissions are 121 g/km (NEDC-BT), which is 8 g/km lower than previously (NEDC).

Comparing the same two powertrains, acceleration has also improved. While the 0-100 kph (0-62mph) time is almost identical (10.6 secs on the 1.2, versus 10.5 secs on the new 1.3) 4th gear acceleration from 80-100kph (50-62mph) has dropped from 5.7 to 4.5 seconds – an 18% improvement. In sixth gear at 100-120 kph (62-75mph) it’s even better – a 35% improvement offering much greater flexibility for the driver.

Compared to the outgoing 1.6-litre 163 PS manual, the new 1.3-litre 160 PS manual has an extra 20 Nm of torque. In the Qashqai on 17-inch wheels, the CO2 emissions are 121 g/km (NEDC-BT), which is 13 g/km lower than previously (NEDC).

The all-new DCT is a wet-clutch system which delivers a refined driving experience. It features electrical on-demand cooling and electro-mechanic gear actuation to improve efficiency. It provides clear benefits to customers – both private and fleet – compared to the outgoing CVT transmission on the Qashqai. The driver experiences an immediate gear shift with no power interruptions, while the absence of a torque converter creates a more direct driving feeling – so it’s more fun to drive.

Nissan’s new 1.3-litre petrol engine has been developed by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, and has undergone 40,000 hours of tests and simulations. As part of that testing, the engine underwent 300,000km of validation driving in some of the world’s most extreme conditions.

By using the strength and resources of the Alliance, Nissan can deliver synergies which push the boundaries of what is possible from a petrol engine. The resulting 1.3-litre powertrain offers the highest levels of performance and refinement to customers, meets the strictest standards of reliability and durability, and reduces CO2 emissions.

The engine has been developed in collaboration with Daimler who will use on their Mercedes-Benz brand vehicles. The Alliance expects to build up to one million of these engines in the next fiscal year, and it will be fitted to more than 50% of all Qashqais sold.

Customer benefits of new 1.3-litre petrol engine

Overall benefits (all three powertrain combinations)

  • Improved performance in terms of better engine response and power / torque delivery
  • A quieter experience for occupants as there is less need for higher revolutions (so increasing noise) because of the higher torque at low RPM
  • Reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 and particulate emissions. This improved efficiency is due to a fundamental reworking of the engine design compared with previous Nissan petrol engines
  • Specific areas of improvement include fuel injection, combustion chamber design, reduced friction and optimisation of the turbocharger
  • Reduced cost of ownership. The engine design means lower maintenance costs over the lifetime of the engine. Service intervals have been extended from 12,000 miles to 18,000 miles

Customer Benefits – 1.3-litre 140 PS manual

(Compared to 1.2-litre 115 PS)

Increased torque +50Nm (now 240Nm)
Increased power +25PS (now 140PS)
Reduced CO2 emissions (NEDC-BT) -8 g/km (now 121 g/km) on 17”
Improved fuel economy (NEDC-BT) -5 mpg (now 53.3mpg) on 17”

Customer Benefits – 1.3-litre 160 PS MT

(Compared to outgoing 1.6-litre 163 PS)

Increased torque +20Nm (now 260 Nm)
Very similar power -3PS (now 160 PS)
Reduced CO2 emissions (NEDC-BT) -13 g/km (now 121 g/km) on 17”
Improved fuel economy (NEDC-BT) – 7mpg (now 53.3mpg) on 17”

Engine technology in detail

Cylinder head

  • The new engine’s compact form allows for more room under the bonnet, as well as reducing overall vehicle weight
  • It features a new triangular-shaped ‘delta’ cylinder head. The injectors are centrally installed for better combustion
  • The exhaust manifold is partially integrated into the cylinder head for more efficient cooling of exhaust gas and more efficient combustion, particularly at low engine speeds and high loads
  • A Gasoline Particulate Filter has been added. The filter destroys particles in the exhaust gases by trapping them in a microporous honeycomb structure that regenerates automatically at regular intervals

Bore spray coating

  • For the first time the Alliance is applying this technological innovation to a volume model’s engine
  • Using a plasma torch, a fine film of very hard steel is sprayed on the shafts of the cylinders to enhance heat conductivity during combustion
  • Aside from creating significant savings in mass, this technique greatly decreases uncontrolled detonations (clicking) in the engine and increases the compression rate for greater efficiency
  • Bore spray coating is responsible for a 1% reduction in consumption and emissions


  • The turbocharger is now equipped with a motor-driven recirculating safety valve (a so-called ‘e-waste gate’). This replaces pneumatic valves in older engines
  • It means the turbo is more responsive, particularly at low engine speeds
  • This waste gate allows for optimum engine mapping without affecting drivability


  • The injector nozzles features six holes for better fuel atomisation
  • They are fed by a common-rail at a high pressure of 250 bars. This compares with the outgoing 1.2-litre engine’s 200 bars

Variable valve timing with rocker arm

  • The valve train features a finger follower-type rocker arm with hydraulic guidance support, rather than tappets. This helps to reduce the internal friction and improve durability
  • The primary benefit is a reduction in internal friction and the promise of greater durability
  • The engine is more efficient thanks to twin independent variable camshaft timing for intake and exhaust


About Nissan in the UK

  • Nissan Sunderland Plant produces the Nissan Qashqai, Juke, Infiniti Q30 and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF
  • Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles began in 2012
  • Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than 9 million units with 80 per cent of production exported to over 100 markets worldwide
  • Total investment made and announced since then is over £4.0 billion
  • 495,645 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2017
  • Employment in Nissan’s UK design studio (Paddington, London), technical centre (Cranfield Bedfordshire), manufacturing plant (Sunderland, Tyne and Wear) and sales and marketing operations (Maple Cross, Hertfordshire) now totals more than 8,000.
  • A further 28,000 jobs in Nissan’s UK supply chain and 4,000 in its UK dealer network takes the total British jobs supported by Nissan to more than 40,000

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2017, the company sold 5.77 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.9 trillion yen. On April 1, 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.

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About Nissan in Europe

Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,000 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 660,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle. Pursuing a goal of zero emissions and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan is leading the field with its vision of Intelligent Mobility. Designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline, this 360 degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society. Nissan is positioned to become the most desirable Asian brand in Europe.

SOURCE: Nissan

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