Diesel engine for Nissan Dualis from May

The new Nissan Dualis range will reach showrooms in May.
The new Nissan Dualis range will reach showrooms in May.

ACTION in the compact SUV kitchen just got hotter. Nissan has addressed one of the major shortfalls of its Dualis and will introduce a diesel variant from May 1.

But the oil-burner will only be available with a manual transmission with a starting price of $29,990 (the drive-away price is estimated to be about $33,200).

New features have also been introduced across the range, including sat nav and a reversing camera. That comes with higher pricing, and the entry-level ST now starts from $25,990 - an increase of $1000. 

When the refreshed range arrives in May, the Dualis diesel will be available in a new TS grade. It will feature the R9M diesel engine, idle stop/start, 96kW of power, 320Nm of torque and average fuel consumption of 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres. The Dualis TS specification, available only with manual transmission, is based on the entry-level ST grade, with the addition of exterior treatments such as front fog lights, tinted glass and chrome highlights.

Other additions to the Dualis line-up include new 17-inch alloys in the ST and TS grades, while satellite navigation and a reversing camera now standard across the range.

Nissan's Around View Monitor technology continues to feature in the Ti-L grades, which Nissan says was a popular innovation that was introduced in 2012.

"The Dualis is one of our most popular models with its stylish design, rich selection of technology and safety features as well as a seven-seat option in the Dualis+2," said Nissan Motor Co (Australia) managing director and CEO William F Peffer Jr.

"With the addition of a turbo diesel variant and additional features such as satellite navigation and reversing camera across the line-up, the Dualis and Dualis+2 represent outstanding value and are now an even more exciting and compelling proposition."


Dualis pricing


Retail price

Estimated drive-away

4x2 ST manual



4x2 ST CVT



4x2 TS (diesel) manual



4x2 Ti-L manual



4x2 Ti-L CVT



4x4 Ti-L CVT AWD



Dualis+2 pricing


Retail price

Estimated drive-away

4x2 ST CVT



4x2 Ti-L CVT



4x4 Ti-L CVT AWD



 The previous Ti grade for DUALIS and DUALIS+2 is no longer available.

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