Loading indicator
News & Reviews
Last 7 Days


by Tim Beissmann

The Nissan Dualis will debut a diesel engine and score new features when 2013 update models arrive in May.

The Renault-sourced 96kW/320Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine will be available exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission and in a single front-wheel-drive Dualis TS trim.

Priced from $29,990 before on-road costs, the Nissan Dualis TS diesel adds fog lights, rear privacy glass and exterior chrome highlights over the $25,990 Dualis ST petrol manual on which it’s based.

Stop-start technology helps the Dualis TS diesel use a claimed 4.5 litres per 100km on the combined cycle, making it one of the most frugal SUV models on the market.

2013-nissan-dualis-3

Nissan Australia says it has no current plans to introduce an automatic version of the Dualis diesel, but has flagged its interest in a self-shifting oiler with Nissan headquarters in Japan. The 1.6-litre diesel is not currently available with an auto transmission in the Dualis anywhere in the world.

A 2.0-litre diesel is available overseas with a six-speed auto, although Nissan Australia corporate communications manager Peter Fadeyev said the local division was not looking to add a second diesel engine to the range.

2013-nissan-dualis-2

The entry-level Dualis ST – now $1000 more than before – benefits from satellite navigation and a reversing camera, making both features standard across the updated 2013 range. The ST also benefits from new 17-inch alloy wheels.

The mid-spec Dualis Ti has been discontinued; the Dualis Ti-L continues as the flagship model in the compact crossover range.

2013 Nissan Dualis manufacturer’s list prices:

  • Dualis ST manual – $25,990 (+$1000)
  • Dualis ST CVT – $28,490 (+$1000)
  • Dualis TS diesel manual – $29,990 (new model)
  • Dualis Ti-L manual – $32,190 (+$450)
  • Dualis Ti-L CVT – $34,690 (+$450)
  • Dualis Ti-L CVT AWD – $36,440 (no change)
  • Dualis+2 ST CVT – $31,190 (+$1000)
  • Dualis+2 Ti-L CVT – $36,740 (no change)
  • Dualis+2 Ti-L CVT AWD – $38,940 (no change)



SHARE THIS ARTICLE