Nissan Australia has confirmed a 2012 mid-year arrival for a Nissan Dualis diesel variant. With over 20,000 Dualis’ sold in Australia since the model’s launch in 2008, Nissan Australia is looking at expanding its marketshare with diesel power plants in its softroader.
Speaking to the press on Wednesday, Nissan Australia Managing Director Dan Thompson said “diesel is becoming a much more relevant offering” in the compact SUV segment.
The Japanese company holds a dominant position in the compact SUV category with its X-Trail and Dualis models estimated to maintain an 18% overall marketshare of the hotly contested segment.
In all likelihood the Nissan Dualis diesel will be powered by a derivative of the Renault engineered Energy dCi 130 engine, which will deliver 97 kW (130hp) and 320 Nm of torque from 1750 rpm, with up to 80 percent of peak torque available from 1500 rpm.
Expect the fuel economy rating to sit around the 4.5L/100km mark, which would make the Nissan Dualis one of the most fuel-efficient compact SUVs on the market.
Pricing and finer details are still being finalized but as with all diesel models in this segment, we suspect a $2-2,500 price hike over the petrol variants. At this stage there will be no seven-seater Dualis diesel model.
Nissan Australia is expecting big things from the improved Dualis range, with the company adamant on becoming the largest importer of vehicles in Australia.
Next year will see the new Nissan Pulsar and V8 Patrol arrive down under.
Read: Nissan Dualis Reviews.