All-new Nissan Qashqai: up to 74.3mpg

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Nissan Qashqai

The all-new Nissan Qashqai has been revealed and it will have emissions as low as just 99g/km CO2.

The engine line-up consists of four options: two petrol and two diesel. Every engine uses a turbocharger to reduce capacity. Efficiency is further enhanced by an extensive mass reduction programme, resulting in 40kg weight loss on some models despite new equipment.

While front-wheel drive variants will account for the majority of sales in most markets, four-wheel drive ALL-MODE 4×4-i versions will also be available, and a choice of six-speed manual or all-new Xtronic transmissions.

The latest evolution of the 1.5 dCi 110PS direct injection diesel engine is the cleanest and most fuel-efficient engine ever offered in a Qashqai with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km and an EU combined fuel consumption figure of 74.3mpg. The sixth-generation 1.5-litre dCi unit is smoother, more efficient and more refined than the outgoing engine. Thanks to a substantial re-engineering programme, the 1.5-litre dCi engine offers greater in-gear flexibility thanks to a 20Nm increase in torque.

Positioned at the top of the Qashqai’s diesel range, the 1.6 dCi 130PS is offered with the option of two- and four-wheel-drive. This unit has a number of technical innovations designed to maximise fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions.

In two-wheel-drive manual form, the 1.6 dCi has CO2 emissions of 115g/km and an EU combined fuel consumption figure of 64.2mpg. The Xtronic automatic version emits 119g/km and returns 61.4mpg, while the four-wheel-drive manual version has figures of 129g/km and 57.6mpg.

The Nissan Qashqai is also available with a 1.2-litre petrol DIG-T engine. Driving through a six-speed manual transmission, this entry-level unit delivers 115PS and generates 190Nm of torque, and offers sharper acceleration and greater flexibility than the outgoing 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine.

Its lower weight and more fuel-efficient operation also mean it is considerably cleaner and more economical than the model it replaces. The 1.2 DIG-T engine emits 129g/km of CO2 (15g/km less than the outgoing 1.6-litre petrol unit), and has a fuel consumption figure of 50.4mpg.

Like all engines in the new Qashqai range, the 1.2 DIG-T is equipped with Start/Stop ignition as standard.

Set to join the Qashqai range in Autumn 2014, the most powerful petrol engine will be the 1.6 DIG-T engine with 150PS.

With 240Nm of torque on offer, the 1.6 DIG-T delivers fuel consumption of 50.4mpg on the EU combined cycle, while CO2 emissions are 132g/km.

The new Qashqai goes on sale in January 2014 and prices start from just £17,595. It’s available in four grades: Visia, Acenta, Acenta Premium and Tekna.

Visia models, priced from £17,595, come with a range of new features including automatic air conditioning, Hill Start Assist, a five-inch colour HD infotainment screen, Chassis Control, TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) and Speed Limiter/Cruise control all fitted as standard.

Acenta, priced from £19,145, feature dual-zone automatic air conditioning, premium leather steering wheel and gear knob, 17-inch alloy wheels and a Luggage Board System. Safety equipment includes front fog lamps, auto headlamps and rain-sensing wipers.

Both the Visia and Acenta models come with the option of a Smart Vision Pack (£450) that adds Nissan’s advanced Safety Shield system among other driver aids. Designed to enhance the safety of occupants, the pack incorporates Front Collision Avoidance and Traffic Sign Recognition.

Acenta Premium models start from £20,995 and features include a new-generation NissanConnect infotainment system with DAB radio. A rear view camera is also fitted as standard, along with i-key Start Push Button, parking sensors and a panoramic glass roof. Safety features include Front Collision Avoidance, High Beam Assist and Lane Departure Warning.

Range-topping Tekna models – which start from £23,145 – feature new-to-sector technologies. Tekna models benefit from Bi-LED headlamps, Safety Shield with Traffic Signal Recognition and High Beam Assist, and are equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, part-leather seats, a large glass roof, heated seats, front and rear parking sensors and Intelligent key with engine start button. The latest-generation NissanConnect system is also standard, including a seven-inch touchscreen display, DAB digital radio, Around View Monitor and smartphone connectivity.

Read our Nissan Qashqai review