Nissan is expanding the versatility of its Qashqai range with the addition of a new uber-frugal petrol engine.
According to Nissan, the 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit will match sharp performance with low CO2 emissions and high fuel economy, and also meet the stringent Euro 6 regulations.
To combat rising air pollution, European authorities first introduced the Euro 1 regulation in 1993. Since then, legislation has been increasingly tougher in order to encourage manufacturers to clean up their acts.
Tuned by Nissan’s engineers specifically for the Qashqai, the new petrol engine will develop a maximum of 161bhp with 240Nm of torque, with strong acceleration and flexibility.
Top speed of 124mph
Featured start-stop technology like the rest of the new Qashqai range, the new engine will take the Qashqai from 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds with a top speed of 124mph.
As a result, Qashqai models equipped with this engine will be the fastest in the range, and will also return 48.7mpg on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions as low as 134g/km.
Available in front-wheel drive form and linked with a six-speed manual transmission, the new engine is available on models equipped with wheel sizes ranging between 16 and 19 inches.
Nissan claims that the addition of the new engine means that buyers now have the “broadest choice ever” when choosing a new Qashqai model.
Completing the crossover’s petrol line-up, the new turbocharged petrol sits above the existing 1.2-litre unit. Producing 113bhp, the carmaker says that despite its diminutive size, the smaller petrol can pack a punch that rivals many larger engines.
Like the new turbocharged variant, the smaller 1.2-litre comes equipped with start-stop technology and a range of other fuel saving features including special low-viscosity oils.
It also comes available with Nissan’s Xtronic automatic transmission, which has been specially engineered for a smooth and more natural driving experience.
Mimicking the behaviour of traditional automatic gearboxes under hard acceleration, the transmission automatically readjusts itself at lower speeds for smoother shifts.
As a result, Nissan claims that the Xtronic offers drivers the best of both worlds for drivers, with direct performance matched with smooth power delivery.
One of Nissan’s most popular models, the manufacturer recently celebrated the two millionth Qashqai produced in under eight years
The model has proven to be such a success and so popular than a new Qashqai rolls off the line at the Sunderland production line every 62 seconds, with 58 new cars produced each and every hour.
Available to buy now, the Nissan Qashqai is priced from £17,595 for the entry-level Visia trim.