Nissan Europe has announced a fresh range of powerplants for its X-Trail SUV, which now offers a choice of new four-cylinder turbocharged engines in petrol or diesel form.
Not expected to be offered in Australia, the two new engines come from the Renault-Nissan Alliance and engineering partner Daimler and are also used in the European spec Qashqai and Renault Kadjar, which is due in Australia within months.
Replacing a 118kW 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine (not offered in Australia) is a new 1.3-litre unit with the same power and 270Nm of torque (+30Nm).
Nissan claims CO2 emissions of as little as 145g/km, which is a reduction from the previous engine’s 162g/km. Unlike the engine it replaces, the 1.3-litre petrol is only available with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and only in front-wheel drive.
The X-Trail uses a 1.3-litre turbo-petrol shared with the European Qashqai.
The new engines are unlikely to be sold in Australia however, with local X-Trails using 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre petrol engines, as well as a 2.0-litre diesel. The local X-Trail is also made in Japan, whereas the European model is made in the UK.
Nissan Australia spokesperson Tony Mee told CarsGuide the current X-Trail range would not change in this generation.
"We have no plans to change the X-Trail's engine range for this generation," he said.
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