Engine Nissan KR15DDT

The 1.5-liter Nissan KR15DDT (or KR15 for short) or 1.5 VC-Turbo engine has been produced in Japan since 2021 and is installed only on the X-Trail crossover or its American counterpart under the Rogue name. This three-cylinder engine is distinguished by the presence of a compression ratio control system.

The KR family also includes an internal combustion engine: KR20DDET.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan Rogue 3 (T33) in 2021 – …;
  • Nissan X-Trail 4 (T33) in 2022 – …


Production years 2021-…
Displacement, cc 1477 – 1497
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 201
Torque output, Nm 300
Cylinder block aluminum R3
Block head aluminum 12v
Cylinder bore, mm 84
Piston stroke, mm 88.9 – 90.1
Compression ratio 8.0 – 14.0
Features ATR
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator on two shafts
Turbocharging yes
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.7
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 6
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Nissan X-Trail 2022)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~200 000
Weight, kg 125

Disadvantages of the KR15DDT engine

  • This turbo engine has just appeared and the statistics of its malfunctions have not yet been collected;
  • So far, on specialized forums, they only complain about frequent glitches of the Start-Stop system;
  • The intake valves here are quickly overgrown with soot due to the direct injection system;
  • There are no hydraulic lifters and valve clearances need to be adjusted every 100,000 km;
  • And the main problem of the engine is where to fix the compression ratio system.

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