Engine Nissan KA20DE

The 2.0-liter Nissan KA20DE engine (or KA20 for short) was assembled from 1999 to 2009 and is most often found under the hood of the Atlas truck, but is better known for the extensive series of Caravan minibuses. Another power unit was installed on pickup trucks of the Japanese concern.

The KA family also includes internal combustion engines: KA24E and KA24DE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan Caravan E24 in 1999 – 2001;
  • Nissan Caravan 5 (E25) in 2001 – 2007;
  • Nissan Navara 2 (D22) in 1999 – 2004;
  • Nissan Atlas 10 (F23).


Production years 1999-2009
Displacement, cc 1998
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 120
Torque output, Nm 170
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 86
Piston stroke, mm 86
Compression ratio 9.5
Features no
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.1
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2/3/4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Nissan Caravan 2005)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~340 000
Weight, kg 165

Disadvantages of the KA20DE engine

  • This gasoline engine is very reliable, and its resource exceeds 300,000 km;
  • After 200,000 kilometers, it may sometimes be necessary to replace the timing chain tensioner;
  • Valve clearances require periodic adjustment, about once every 100 thousand km;
  • The motor sump is easily crumpled when hitting an obstacle and blocks the oil receiver;
  • This unit does not like cheap oil, carefully approach the choice of lubricant.

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