Qashqai Gets New 1.3 Engine

Published Date: 2nd Nov 2018

Nissan are equipping Britains favorite Crossover, the Qashqai with a new super-efficient 1.3 petrol engine.

The new 1.3 petrol unit will be available in 3 guises:

  • 1.3 petrol (140PS) with 6-speed manual transmission
  • 1.3 petrol (160PS) with 6-speed manual transmission
  • 1.3 petrol (160PS) – 7-speed automatic DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission)

The new 1.3 petrol engine represents a step forward in technology for the Qashqai replacing the outgoing 1.2 and 1.6-litre engines, its compact design helps deliver lower CO2 emissions, improved fuel economy and it meets the latest stringent Euro 6d-Temp emissions standard.

New 1.3 litre Nissan Qashqai Exterior PhotoAt the same time the new engine offers improved performance through upgraded technology like an improved, more efficient turbocharger. The result is good acceleration with more power and torque despite an overall cleaner more fuel efficient car.

Nissan also say that drivers will find it offers a smoother and quieter drive than its predecessors building on the refinement that the Qashqai is well-known for. Nissan also say the improved engine technology means less maintenance and lower running costs. Service intervals have been increased to 18,000 miles from 12,000 miles.

The table below show a comparison of the new petrol engines (with manual transmission) against the outgoing 1.2 and 1.6 units (based on models equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels):


New 1.3 (140PS)

Outgoing 1.2

New 1.3 (160PS)

Outgoing 1.6

Power (PS)





Torque (Nm)





CO2 Emissions (g/km)





Fuel Economy (mpg)






Mass production of the new 1.3 engine is expected to reach the 1 million mark built under the Nissan/Daimler collaboration and Nissan expect over half of their new Qashqai models sold will be equipped with the new 1.3 litre engine. The engine has also been earmarked for use in Merced-Benz models.

The new improved engine demonstrates Nissan’s determination to stay ahead of the pack in an ever-increasingly packed and popular Crossover segment.  The new engine’s improved running costs and drive refinement should make it an even more appealing family car.

Nissan also has plans to produce a hybrid Qashqai earmarked for production and expected to hit showrooms in 2020 whilst a full-electric version is not yet officially in the pipeline.