Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. launches production of a new diesel version of the Qashqai compact cross/utility vehicle at its plant in Sunderland, U.K.

Nissan says it expects more than 25% of all Qashqais to be sold with the new 2L dCi diesel. About 15% of orders received to date are for this version of the CUV, the auto maker says.

In all, two gasoline and two diesel engines are being offered in the Qashqai, which went into production at the Sunderland plant in December.

The new dCi engine delivers 150 hp at 4,000 rpm and 236 lb.-ft. (320 Nm) of torque at 2,000 rpm. Fuel economy is rated at 36 mpg (6.6 L/100 km) with a manual transmission and 2-wheel drive. The Qashquai also is available with 4-wheel drive.

The diesel was developed with alliance partner Renault SA and features a common-rail injection system with piezoelectric technology from Robert Bosch GmbH.

By the end of this month, Nissan expects Sunderland to be producing 700 Qashqais daily.