Nissan Qashqai gets new 1.6dCi turbodieselDiesel could make Qashqai greenest crossover yet

07 September 2011

The new Nissan Qashqai promises improved performance

Nissan has updated the Qashqai and Qashqai+2 with a new 1.6-litre dCi turbodiesel engine. It has also added a high-tech parking aid to top-spec versions.

The new Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi replaces the current 2.0-litre dCi, delivering substantial improvements to efficiency and refinement in the process.

Nissan Qashqai: new 1.6 dCi engine

The new 1.6-litre dCi engine produces 128bhp – making it some 20bhp less powerful than the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel it replaces.

However, it generates the same maximum 236lb ft of torque (pulling power), and does so at just 1,750rpm – 250rpm lower than the 2.0, resulting in faster in-gear acceleration. This is better for safer overtaking - and for towing.

With a new, greener engine, the Qashqai will be more economical

Qashqai gets greener

More significantly, the new engine is much greener than its predecessor. Initial front-wheel-drive versions will emit a low 129g/km CO2 (claimed) and return a claimed 62.8mpg. That’s a massive 31 per cent, or 14.9mpg, better than before.

This means lower taxation levels for both private and business drivers, not to mention lower fuel costs. Prices also start at £250 less than the outgoing 2.0-litre.

Start-stop version due soon

Furthermore, a version fitted with start-stop technology will follow within the first year, reducing claimed CO2 emissions to 119g/km.

All of which makes the Qashqai 1.6 dCi one of the cleanest crossovers you can buy. In fact, the 1.6 dCi Qashqai+2 becomes the most efficient seven-seat crossover available in the UK.

This engine is already available in the Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic – Renault is Nissan’s 'Alliance Partner', and the two companies share a great deal of technology – and it has been widely lauded for its strong performance, excellent economy and great refinement.

Nissan Qashqai Around View monitor

The Qashqai Tekna's Around View system should make parking much easier 

Around View Monitor makes parking easy

Nissan has also announced a new technology for the Qashqai called Around View Monitor.

Fitted as standard on the Tekna trim level, the Around View Monitor is a system of four cameras that gives a ‘real-time bird’s eye view’ of the car and its surroundings. Integrated into the existing Nissan Connect touchscreen navigation system, it displays a top-down image of the car that allows you to accurately see all of its extremities and their relationship to any nearby obstacles.

The technology has filtered down from Nissan’s premium brand, Infiniti. Having put it to the test, we can tell you it successfully allows you to position the car with maximum accuracy – effectively ending the days of wonky parking and damaging alloy wheels on kerbs. You can also select each of the cameras individually, should you require a closer view of something.

Arguably more useful than automatic parking systems, the Around View Monitor almost makes the upgrade to Tekna specification worth it on its own.

On sale now

The new Nissan Qashqai 1.6dCi is available to order now, with first deliveries in October.

Prices start at £19,445 for the entry-level Qashqai Visia five-seater, rising to £26,395 for the range-topping Qashqai+2 Tekna with seven seats and four-wheel drive.

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