Nissan has introduced a more powerful turbocharged gasoline engine in the second-gen Qashqai.

Nissan has introduced a more powerful turbocharged gasoline engine in the second-gen Qashqai.

When Nissan launched the all-new Qashqai they said it will eventually receive a four-cylinder DIG-T 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 150 HP (110 kW) but it turns out the engine has been further tweaked to develop 163 HP (120 kW) at 5,600 rpm. It generates a maximum torque of 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) available between 2,000 rpm and 4,000 rpm and allows the crossover to return 48.7 mpg UK (40.5 mpg US or 5.8 liters / 100 km) in the combined cycle with corresponding CO2 emissions of 134 g/km.

Nissan will be offering the DIG-T 163 engine exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox channeling the power to the front wheels. The Qashqai equipped with this motor will do the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 9.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h).

Already available on order, the Nissan Qashqai DIG-T 163 will go on sale starting January next year. In related news, the lesser 1.2 DIG-T engine producing 115 HP (85 kW) can now be configured to work with a newly developed Xtronic transmission.

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