Engine Nissan CR12DE

The 1.2-liter Nissan CR12DE engine (or CR12 for short) has been produced since 2002 in Japan and is installed on the popular compact cars Micra and March, as well as the practical Wingroad and AD station wagons. This power unit is offered in two versions: with and without a phase regulator at the intake.

The CR family also includes internal combustion engines: CR10DE and CR14DE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan Micra 3 (K12) in 2002 – 2010;
  • Nissan March 3 (K12) in 2002 – 2010;
  • Nissan Wingroad Y12 in 2005 – 2017;
  • Nissan AD Van Y12 in 2006 – …


Production years 2002-…
Displacement, cc 1240
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 65 (version without a phase regulator)
80 – 90 (version with a phase regulator)
Torque output, Nm 110 (version without a phase regulator)
121 (version with a phase regulator)
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 71
Piston stroke, mm 78.3
Compression ratio 9.8 (version without a phase regulator)
9.8 – 9.9 (version with a phase regulator)
Features EGR
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator no (version without a phase regulator)
at the inlet (version with a phase regulator)
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 0W-20
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.4
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4/5
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Nissan Wingroad 2007)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~200 000

Disadvantages of the CR12DE engine

  • The first years there were problems with stretching the timing chain, but then its resource grew;
  • Also at the initial stage, many cases of breakdown of the cylinder head gasket were recorded;
  • This engine does not like bad fuel and requires periodic cleaning of the nozzles;
  • A lot of complaints about the difficulties with the operation of the car at low temperatures;
  • But the main disadvantage is the progressive oil burner after 150,000 km.

1 thought on “Engine Nissan CR12DE”

  1. IL CR12DE montato sulla mia micra benzina 80 cv è meraviglioso…fa alzare l’auto un po’in avanti A 90kmh/2900gmin fa suonare la marmitta,superiore a 120km/h il motore diventa silenzioso e sembra di avere una carburazione celeste,un po’ di rumore le punterie, un po’ di trasudazione dalla guarnizione testata.Tuttavia sempre sincera e fedele la compressione.

    Google Translate: THE CR12DE mounted on my 80hp petrol micra is wonderful … it makes the car lift a little forward. At 90kmh / 2900gmin it makes the muffler ring, above 120km/h the engine becomes silent and it seems to have a celestial carburetion, a little the tappets are noisy, a little sweat from the cylinder head gasket, but the compression is always sincere and faithful.

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