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Nissan Qashqai gets new petrol engine

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Nissan has introduced a new petrol engine to its Qashqai compact SUV. Tuned specifically for the popular crossover, the new 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit combines sharp performance with low CO2 output and exceptional fuel economy. It has been created to comply with forthcoming EURO6 emissions legislation for passenger vehicles.

As with all engines in the new Qashqai range, the new DIG-T 163 model is equipped with a Start/Stop ignition system for reduced emissions and improved fuel economy. 

The new version is also the quickest Qashqai in the current range. Producing 161bhp, it will whisk this handsome family car from 0-62mph in a respectable 9.1 seconds, and on to a top speed of 124mph. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox – currently the only transmission option.

Despite the Qashqai’s new-found power, the new model doesn’t embarrass itself in the fuel economy stakes. It will return a reasonable 48.7mpg on the official combined cycle, while CO2 emissions for the model are a maximum of 138g/km (with the biggest wheel-size option), meaning vehicle tax bills of £130 per annum under the current rules.

The new Nissan Qashqai DIG-T 163 is available to order now with first deliveries commencing in January 2015.

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