Nissan has announced a new powertrain for the top-selling Qashqai in Europe, a 1.3-litre turbo petrol, which hits showrooms in the region from November.
It's available in two states of tune exclusively with front-wheel drive: 140PS (103kW) and 240Nm, along with 160PS (118kW) and 260/270Nm. The former is exclusively available with a six-speed manual, while the latter is offered with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, with the DCT getting a 10Nm bump.
Nissan UK says the new engines are compliant with the new Euro 6d-Temp emissions standard, while offering reduced CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.
Both variants fitted with the six-speed manual are rated at 53.3mpg (5.3L/100km) with 17-inch wheels, or 49.6mpg (5.7L/100km) with 18- or 19-inch rims.
Pricing in the UK starts at £19,595 ($35,364) for the 140PS engine in 'Visia' trim, while the 160PS in range-topping Tekna guise is £28,595 ($51,607). Nissan will announce pricing for the DCT version "in due course".
We've reached out to Nissan's local arm regarding Australian availability of the new turbo petrol engine, and are awaiting a response.
Currently, local versions of the Qashqai are sourced from the same Sunderland (UK) factory as European models, though ours are fitted with a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine making 106kW and 200Nm, driving the front wheels via a CVT automatic.
Stay tuned for an update.