In a recent interview with Motor Trend, Tetsuya Takahashi, a member of Nissan’s Powertrain Engineering Division, said Nissan is once again considering forced induction of its mainstream engines.
The announcement comes as looming emissions standards push many of Nissan’s existing engines by the way side, and with several manufacturers – such as BMW, Ford and GM – already making such a move, it seemed logical for Nissan to follow suit.
Assuming Mr Takahashi is correct the switch to turbocharged engines would see Nissan’s mainstream cars benefit from not only more power, but fewer emissions and greater fuel economy.
Currently Nissan only produces a handful of turbocharged engines which include turbo diesels as well as the twin-turbo V6 found in the GT-R.
It is believed from the interview that Nissan would rely heavily on parent company Renault to source the required technology.
Although Nissan have yet to give an official nod to the project there’s a good chance the move will come within the next two years.
CarAdvice will keep you posted.