Nissan Australia isn’t going to follow in America’s footsteps and swap out the 2.5 for the turbocharged 1.5 anytime soon
It seems that this wasn’t enough for Nissan America, where the X-Trail is badged as a Rogue, as late last year this 2.5 engine was swapped out for a smaller, 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine.
Despite the three-pot’s smaller displacement, Infiniti’s variable compression system means that both power and torque eclipses that of the 2.5-litre engine, with the 1.5 producing 149kW and 305Nm.
In Australia, buyers will be able to experience this engine when the X-Trail e-Power lands locally early next year, where it is paired with a couple of electric motors to create an electric all-wheel-drive system.
According to Aleksandar Pecanac, the X-Trail product manager at Nissan Australia, this 1.5-litre turbocharged engine won’t be making its way into the regular petrol-powered X-Trail anytime soon.
This was revealed at the local launch of the X-Trail and it seems that Nissan Australia is confident enough in the 2.5-litre petrol engine to back it through this generation’s life cycle.
If Nissan did end up putting the turbocharged engine in the X-Trail, it would follow in the footsteps of the new Qashqai, which is now powered by a four-cylinder 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine making 110kW and 250Nm
Like the X-Trail e-Power, this new Qashqai is expected to hit Australian showrooms in the coming months.
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