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The Nissan Qashqai

The Powerful Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai 1.2T Visia and 1.2T Acenta are two wellknown brothers in the Qashqai family. Petrol driven, these two crossovers more than hold their own against their beefy, diesel driven siblings. And for good reason: their superbly calculated weight-to-power ratios perfectly marry space-aged vehicle weight with turbo-charged engine power.

Thanks to advancing manufacturing technologies, lightweight materials are proving to be an ever more practical and economic measure to achieving fuel economy. The incorporation and creative use of high grade plastics, aluminium and carbon fibre have made lightweighting a competitive sport in some circles.

With the United States dictating the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard, which will raise the bar by almost thirty percent, vehicle manufacturers are racing to meet the 2025 deadline. Leading experts in their fields are finally trying to optimize the weight-to-power ratio of consumer vehicles instead of just throwing more horses at the problem. When just 6.2 litres of petrol can take you 100 kilometres closer to the finish line, it is safe to say the experts have succeeded with the Qashqai 1.2T Visia and 1.2T Acenta.

The lean brothers in the bunch, the Qashqai 1.2T Visia and 1.2T Acenta weigh in at just over 1800kg each. Despite which, these two veritable featherweights produce a whopping 190Nm worth of torque, ensuring they stay head and shoulders ahead of the competition at the starting line.

Boasting acceleration of zero to a hundred kilometres an hour in just 10.9 seconds, these two 1.2 turbo engines stay neck-and-neck with the larger 1.5 and 1.6 litre models and finish within 5 kilometres per hour of the top speed of the top contender in the family.

All without sacrificing world-class driving comfort, good looks and handy gizmos.

The long and short of it is that these two mean machines are far from being the runts of the litter. In fact, they lead the pack, not because they’re the most powerful but because they’ve tempered power with economy and still manage to run with the big dogs. Book a Test Drive Today!

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