Out with the old, in with the new

The new facelift model Qashqai has been with us for almost 12 months now with improved technology and updated looks, but Nissan's latest change to its best-selling model comes from under the bonnet.

Gone is the 1.2 DiG-T petrol engine, along with the more powerful 1.6 DiG-T petrol - replaced with two variants of a new 1.3 DiG-T petrol engine. The first is the 138bhp version which takes over from the 1.2, with the second being a more powerful 158bhp version to replace the existing 1.6 engine.

Drivers of the 1.2 DiG-T models will notice a significant increase in performance with the new engine, thanks to an additional 25bhp and 50nm of torque. Fortunately, despite the downsizing, drivers of the 1.6 engine will notice little change to performance thanks to an increase of 10nm torque and a drop of just 3bhp.


Both new engines come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and the more powerful unit is also available with a first-of-its-kind 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. Both engines achieve 53.3mpg combined on the new WLTP test cycle and come with a new particulate exhaust filter to reduce CO2 emissions.

Developed in partnership with Renault, further improvements to the new engines over the old ones mean that Nissan have also been able to increase service intervals. You'll now only need to visit the dealership every 18,000 miles (or 12 months) vs. the previous 12,500 miles saving you money in the long run.

Don't know what the new WLTP test is? Read more about it here.


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