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Nissan unveils powertrain range for new Qashqai crossover

A new range of gasoline and diesel engines has been unveiled at the official launch of the latest Nissan Qashqai crossover, including, for the first time in the model, a 1.2-liter DIG-T gasoline unit.
The line-up consists of four engines developed by the Nissan-Renault Alliance: two gasoline and two diesel, with the option of two- or four-wheel-drive, as well as either manual and all-new Xtronic automatic transmissions.
Driving through a six-speed manual transmission, the turbocharged 1.2-litre DIG-T engine delivers 115ps and generates 190Nm of torque, while emitting 129g/km of CO2 (15g/km less than the outgoing 1.6-litre gasoline unit). It also has a fuel consumption figure of 50.4mpg and is equipped with Start/Stop ignition as standard, as well as a raft of fuel-saving technologies, including a regenerative alternator, optimized gear ratios and low-viscosity oils.
Set to join the Qashqai range in the autumn of 2014, the most powerful gasoline engine will be the 1.6-liter DIG-T engine. With 240Nm of torque, the 1.6-liter DIG-T does 50.4mpg on the EU combined cycle, and emits 132g/km of CO2.
Meanwhile, the Japanese OEM says the latest direct injection 1.5-liter dCi diesel engine is the cleanest and most fuel-efficient engine ever offered in a Qashqai with CO2 emissions of 99g/km. Major changes to the engine’s internals have reportedly resulted in quieter operation and a reduction in vibration. Nissan says removal of the upper torque rod mount has eliminated a potential noise path from the engine to the cabin, while the overall weight of the unit has been reduced with new lightweight components. The engine also features Nissan's automatic Start/Stop system that sees the engine restart within 0.5 seconds of the clutch being engaged. In terms of fuel consumption, the 1.5-liter dCi offers an EU combined figure of 74.3mpg.
Finally, the 1.6-liter dCi is offered with the option of two- and four-wheel-drive. The 130ps powerplant features a cold-loop, low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system to reduce nitrogen oxides and CO2 emissions. Thermal management of the 1.6 dCi is said to be more efficient with a reduced warm-up phase, reducing friction losses and fuel consumption. In two-wheel-drive manual form, the 1.6 dCi has CO2 emissions of 115g/km and an EU combined fuel consumption figure of 64.2mpg. The Xtronic version emits 119g/km and returns 61.4mpg, while the four-wheel-drive manual version does 129g/km and 57.6mpg.

12 November 2013


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