Nissan has just introduced new powertrain options as well as the first ever dual-clutch transmission applied on a Nissan volume model for their popular Nissan Qashqai crossover. The highly efficient engine not only delivers improved fuel economy and lower emissions, but it also enhances the Qashqai’s sporty and dynamic appeal.
The all-new 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine is available in two states of tune – 140 hp/240 Nm and 160 hp/260 Nm. A six-speed manual is standard fitment to send drive to the front wheels, but customers have the option for a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (wet clutch type) – the first ever DCT equipped onto the Japanese carmaker’s volume production model. Qashqai’s equipped with the seven-speed DCT will get a higher torque output of 270 Nm over the manual versions.
The DCT replaces the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that was used in the previous engines offers a more refined driving experience, better efficiency and most importantly a more direct driving feel – in Nissan’s words – “so it’s more fun to drive”.
Compared to the outgoing engines (1.2- & 1.6-litre), the turbocharged unit has improved response, stronger in-gear acceleration, refinement as well as smoother and more linear power delivery. The new engines also have extended service mileage intervals from 20,000 km to 30,000 km, saving a pretty penny for customers over the lifetime of the engine.
Developed by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, the 1.3-litre engine has undergone 40,000 hours of tests and simulations as well as 300,000 of real working driving in some of the world’s most extreme conditions, ensuring the powertrain offers the highest levels of performance, reliability and durability. The engine was also developed in collaboration with Daimler who will employ the new engine in Mercedes-Benz vehicles.