A Nissan executive in Australia has suggested diesel will “essentially phase itself out” as a power source for SUVs.
Nissan Australia boss Stephen Lester pointed out to CarsGuide.com.au oil-burning engines were fast falling out of favour with many automakers as emissions standards continued to tighten.
The new Qashqai, for instance, was unveiled in Europe in February 2021 without the option of turbodiesel power.
“The challenge for diesel over the long run will be brand’s willingness to invest in order to meet various restrictions around the world,” Lester said.
“So, eventually, it will essentially phase itself out because of no real relevance to the market,” he said.
Lester said the Patrol – which is offered with a naturally aspirated 5,6-litre V8 petrol engine – was a “perfect example”.
“Three-and-a-half years ago, when I got here, the biggest impediment to Patrol, I was told, was diesel. We went back, looked at the drawing board, said ‘look, we really believe there’s actually much more of a market [with petrol]’,” Lester said.
“What then transpired was a real growth and movement … [and now] today, nobody is asking for Patrol and diesel … nobody.”