T33 Nissan X-Trail's 1.5T 3-cyl engine awarded as one of the best engines of 2022

CY Foong · Oct 28, 2022 11:15 AM

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If you’re an engine nerd, you might have heard of the Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems trophy. Every year, Wards Auto would award 10 engines that have impressed them and in 2022, Nissan received its 19th trophy with the Rogue’s 1.5-litre Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo).

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The North American twin to the T33 Nissan X-Trail only has one engine offered which is the revolutionary VC-Turbo unit. Wards’ panel of judges tested a group of 29 all-new or vastly improved engines through the paces of daily life and the evaluation criteria included horsepower, torque, noise, and fuel economy among others.

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T33 Nissan X-Trail's 1.5T 3-cyl engine awarded as one of the best engines of 2022 01

The judges had high praise for the VC-Turbo engine which also won the 2021 China Heart Top 10 Best Engines award. "This engine inspires words that never have been uttered in the same sentence as ‘3-cyl. engine’: very smooth, exceptionally quiet during idle, pleasant to drive in traffic or on the highway,” said judge Drew Winter.

Also read: All-new T33 2022 Nissan X-Trail unveiled at Shanghai Auto Show! Are 3 cylinders enough?

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"It's a broken record, but what the VC-Turbo is doing inside that engine is remarkable and innovative," added judge Bob Gritzinger. "Applying the same technology to a small-displacement 3-cyl. takes it to another audience and customer in the best-selling Rogue."

Also read: All-new 2023 Nissan X-Trail (T33) with 3-cylinder hybrid rakes in 12k bookings within 2 weeks of launch in Japan

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VQ25DE as seen in the A32 Cefiro

Wards had previously awarded Nissan’s variable-compression turbo twice since its debut in 2019 as a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder unit. That engine was first used on the Nissan Altima but Nissan’s most awarded engine was the VQ series engine was included in Wards’ list every year between 1995 to 2008.

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CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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