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Nissan is replacing its 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines in the Qashqai with a 1.3-litre unit in two states of tune.
Variants with 138bhp and 158bhp will instead be offered, with improved claimed fuel economy and emissions figures over the 113bhp 1.2 and 161bhp 1.6 engines they replace.
Nissan claims an average of 53.3mpg for the engine in both states of tune, or 49.6mpg with 18in wheels or larger fitted – an improvement of 1.9mpg over the 1.2 and 4.6mpg over the 1.6. An 8g/km improvement in CO2 emissions for the less powerful engine and a 13g/km improvement for the 158bhp version is claimed, with 121g/km of CO2 emitted.
Torque for the lower-powered Qashqai is 37lb ft higher than the previous 1.2-litre car, at 177lb ft, and 15lb ft higher for the 158bhp car than the outgoing 1.6, at 192lb ft.
An extra 7lb ft is unlocked in the higher-powered engine if the new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is fitted.
Prices for the Qashqai now start at £19,595 for the 138bhp version in entry-level Visia spec – £395 more than the 113bhp 1.2-litre entry-level car previously.
A petrol particulate filter is fitted to the 1.3 DIG-T Qashqai to ensure Euro 6D compliance, while Nissan claims that the higher low-end torque means the car will be quieter, given the reduced need for higher revs, while the oil change interval is now 18,000 miles rather than 12,500 miles.
The Qashqai is one of the UK’s best-selling cars, having climbed to third in the sales charts, beneath the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Golf.
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It’s also Europe’s best-selling SUV of any size, with more than 180,000 sales accrued this year so far. It’s among the three best-selling cars in six European countries, too.
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